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GAO report addresses horse welfare

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Courtesy graphic/GAO analysis of USDA documentsAn diagram of transporting horses to slaughtering facilities before and after domestic slaughter ceased.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, “Horse Welfare: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter” on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

GAO conducted the study to investigate horse welfare since 2006, when Congress prohibited the use of federal funds to inspect horses destined for food, effectively prohibiting domestic slaughter of horses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for overseeing the welfare of horses transported for slaughter.

The 68-page report, directed by Congress, aimed to examine: 1) the effect on the U.S. horse market, if any, since cessation; 2) any impact these market changes had on horse welfare and on states, local governments, tribe and animal welfare organizations; and 3) challenges, if any, to USDA’s oversight of the transport and welfare of U.S. horses exported for slaughter.

In assembling the report, the GAO analyzed horse price and shipping data, and interviewed officials from USDA, state and local governments, tribes, the livestock industry and animal welfare organizations and reviewed documents they provided.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, “Horse Welfare: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter” on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

GAO conducted the study to investigate horse welfare since 2006, when Congress prohibited the use of federal funds to inspect horses destined for food, effectively prohibiting domestic slaughter of horses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for overseeing the welfare of horses transported for slaughter.

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The 68-page report, directed by Congress, aimed to examine: 1) the effect on the U.S. horse market, if any, since cessation; 2) any impact these market changes had on horse welfare and on states, local governments, tribe and animal welfare organizations; and 3) challenges, if any, to USDA’s oversight of the transport and welfare of U.S. horses exported for slaughter.

In assembling the report, the GAO analyzed horse price and shipping data, and interviewed officials from USDA, state and local governments, tribes, the livestock industry and animal welfare organizations and reviewed documents they provided.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, “Horse Welfare: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter” on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

GAO conducted the study to investigate horse welfare since 2006, when Congress prohibited the use of federal funds to inspect horses destined for food, effectively prohibiting domestic slaughter of horses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for overseeing the welfare of horses transported for slaughter.

The 68-page report, directed by Congress, aimed to examine: 1) the effect on the U.S. horse market, if any, since cessation; 2) any impact these market changes had on horse welfare and on states, local governments, tribe and animal welfare organizations; and 3) challenges, if any, to USDA’s oversight of the transport and welfare of U.S. horses exported for slaughter.

In assembling the report, the GAO analyzed horse price and shipping data, and interviewed officials from USDA, state and local governments, tribes, the livestock industry and animal welfare organizations and reviewed documents they provided.

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