Horse lovers can rejoice temporarily until the end of October when a court will decide whether or not horse slaughter will be allowed again in the US.
Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, has announced,” Great news! U.S.-based horse slaughter plants are now officially shuttered, by order of a federal judge, at the least until October 31st. At that point judge will make a permanent ruling on the case brought against USDA by The Humane Society of the United States and Front Range Equine Rescue. “
Wiki states,“In 2006, The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to end horse slaughter, but the bill never came to a vote before the Senate. In 2007 two horse slaughter plants in Texas were ordered closed following protracted battles with their local municipalities, who voiced objections over the slaughter houses' financial drain on the municipalities without providing tax revenue, ditches of blood, dismembered foals, and reek of offal and waste in residential neighborhoods. Later that year, an abattoir in Illinois, reported to be the last horse meat abattoir in the U.S., was also closed following local community action. “
Time reported in July, “Congress lifted the ban on horsemeat plant inspection in 2011 despite the objections of President Obama and 70% of Americans, who told pollsters they oppose the practice. In recent weeks, two small companies have been granted inspection permits. Fuming animal welfare groups are doing everything they can to hold off plant inspections until another temporary or permanent ban is put in place, starting with lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society, told TIME that he hopes a semipermanent fix can be found when Congress passes 2014 appropriations bills, drafts of which already include a renewal of the 2007 ban. “There’s just no point in a business opening up for a month or two to kill horses,” he said. “We hope that they delay their plans until the congressional funding issue is sorted out.” Pacelle is also pushing another bill that would impose an unequivocal ban on domestic slaughter and the export of live horses.”
Currently live horses are transported to Canada and Mexico where slaughter practices can be especially brutal. In 2010 regulations were passed for more humane ways of transporting the horses.
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