A vote by the House Appropriations Committee today might lay groundwork to bring horse slaughter back to the United States. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) pushed to renew what was effectively a ban on the practice, but was defeated by a 27-25 vote by the committee. (Detailed vote available here in blog published by Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle.)
Horse slaughter plants in the States closed when funding for USDA inspections was stripped more than a decade ago. Previous editions of the Agriculture Appropriations Bill have contained language blocking that funding, but Wednesday's vote means the bill for 2018 will move forward without it.
Horse slaughter inspections will remain unfunded through September 30 of this year; it remains to be seen whether any slaughterhouses will attempt to resume processing horse meat as a result.
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