01 Dec '11, 5pm

Eating horses is legal now, and PETA loves it

Eating horses is legal now, and PETA loves it

Hey, you can finally defrost that horse steak you've had in the freezer! The spending bill that Obama just signed included a provision lifting the ban on federal inspection of horses that are raised for food, a ban that has made it effectively illegal to slaughter horses for the last five years. And weirdly, PETA is all for it. This change won't mean much to your daily life, unless maybe you are in They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, which you aren't because they broke up in 2008. First of all, we're going to guess that the ban on horse meat didn't affect you much in the first place. Second, there aren't any horse slaughterhouses in the U.S., and the bill doesn't allocate USDA any money for horse meat inspections. They're allowed to inspect horses now, but they have to do it out of their own pocket. The agency does say that if there were any horse-meat production facilities, i...

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