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Senate Committee Blocks Domestic Horse Slaughter

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of a provision that would prevent any efforts to resume slaughtering horses for human consumption on U.S. soil.

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The amendment to the agriculture appropriations bill, offered by Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and approved by the committee 18-12, disallows spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in FY 2015 on inspections at prospective horse slaughter plants. The President’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year included a provision to block these inspections.

A similar spending prohibition in the FY 2014 omnibus spending bill halted aggressive attempts by horse slaughter proponents to open plants in New Mexico, Iowa and Missouri. The Humane Society of the United States urges Congress to include the amendment in its final spending bill for 2015 to prevent those entities from resuming their opportunistic efforts.

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Michael Markarian, chief program and policy officer of The Humane Society of the United States, said:

"The American people will never accept the idea of cruelly slaughtering our horses to be served up on foreign dinner plates. We applaud the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee for adopting the Landrieu-Graham Amendment to prevent taxpayer dollars from supporting an inhumane and wildly unpopular enterprise."

The committee members voted as follows:

Yes Votes:
Mark Begich (D-AK)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Chris Coons (D-DE)
Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA)
Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Jack Reed (D-RI)                    
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Tom Udall (D-NM)

No Votes:
Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Dan Coats (R-IN)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Tim Johnson (D-SD)
erry Moran (R-KS)
Mark Pryor (D-AR)
Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)
Jon Tester (D-MT)


Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, stwining@humanesociety.org, 240-751-3943

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