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January 14, 2014

Congress Urged to Ban Funding for Horse Slaughter

Congress released the details of a FY 2014 spending bill, which includes language that halts any efforts to resume horse slaughter for human consumption on U.S. soil. The legislation will forbid spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on inspections at U.S. horse slaughter plants, reinstating a ban on domestic horse slaughter for the fiscal year. A similar spending prohibition had been put in place in 2005, but it was not renewed in 2011.

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Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, said: “Americans do not want to see scarce tax dollars used to oversee an inhumane, disreputable horse slaughter industry.  We don’t have dog and cat slaughter plants in the U.S. catering to small markets overseas, and we shouldn’t have horse slaughter operations for that purpose, either.”

The Humane Society of the United States urges Congress to pass the spending bill with such language included. Congress should also pass the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, H.R. 1094 / S. 541, to outlaw horse slaughter operations in the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horsemeat. 

Media Contacts: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

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