House doesn’t ban horse processing inspector funding
An amendment to prevent funding of inspection at horse slaughter plants did not pass the House appropriations committee July 8. For the past 10 years horse slaughter has been effectively banned due to a lack of funding for federal inspectors at processing plants.
Committee member Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) introduced the amendment last week but due to a tie vote it died.
“Supporting this amendment does not stop the slaughter of horses,” said Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the bill, said in a story from The Hill.
The U.S. already has a ban in place on the sale of horsemeat for human consumption, but it must be reviewed by Congress each year.
According to E & E, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) said unwanted horses should be adopted or placed in animal rescue shelters, rather than killed. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) added that horses are often treated with chemicals that can cause health concerns if present in meat.
Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt of Alabama and other republicans said the ban would simply take jobs out of the U.S. and send them to our neighbors to the north and south. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said processing plants help managing wild horses that pose a nuisance or threat to the public.