01 Dec '11, 7pm

White House Ok’s Killing Horses For Human Consumption:

White House Ok’s Killing Horses For Human Consumption:

In 2006, Congress eliminated funding for the inspection of horse slaughtering facilities. Without a government inspection process, these slaughterhouses could on longer bring their product to market, and the industry began to disappear. Critics called this a “backdoor ban” and pointed out that defunding slaughter houses only moved the industry to Mexico and Canada where health safety standards and regulations regarding animal treatment are lax or even non-existent. A government report also found that the ban depressed prices for horses in the U.S. and led to a surge in reports of neglect or abuse as owners of older horses had no way of disposing of them. Before the ban, the horse slaughter business generated some $65 million in revenues a year. Claiming concern for citizens’ health, the Department of Agriculture bill, signed into law Nov. 18, reinstates federal funding for...

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