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May 31, 2011

House Appropriations Committee Votes to Strip Funds for Inspections of U.S. Horse Slaughter Plants

WASHINGTON — By a bipartisan vote of 24-21, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee this evening approved an amendment offered by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., to block spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect U.S. horse slaughter plants in Fiscal Year 2012. The spending prohibition has been in place since 2005, and if it had not been renewed, it could have resulted in the reopening of horse slaughter plants within the U.S. at the cost of about $5 million annually to U.S. taxpayers.

“Adding millions of dollars to the federal budget to inspect foreign-owned horse slaughter plants would have been a step backwards for America’s iconic horses and a waste of tax dollars,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “We are grateful to Congressman Jim Moran for leading the charge to restore this critical horse protection provision, and to the House Appropriations Committee for reining in this multi-million-dollar subsidy that would have paved the way for the needless killing of American horses for foreign gourmands.”

“Industrial slaughter of horses should not be condoned by the United States Government,” said Rep. Moran. “We have to put an end once and for all to this practice. These animals are a proud symbol of the American West, treasured by all for their beauty and majesty. They deserve to be cared for, not killed for foreign consumption.”

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