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Horse slaughterhouses: New bill could diminish horse killing by cutting funding

Horse slaughterhouses: New bill could diminish horse killing by cutting funding
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Horse slaughterhouses might be coming to an end in the near future if a new bill passes. A number of both federal and state lawsuits have continued to delay the building of slaughterhouses in Missouri and in New Mexico, while a new budget bill that is coming to Congress for a vote — if the document passes without being altered — could cut funding for this organized form of horse killing altogether. Without such funds, the bill would essentially diminish the slaying of these animals altogether, ABC News shares this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

The horse slaughterhouses that have existed for decades under government money could be coming to an end sooner than many animal rights activists may have reason. The reason isn’t even for idealistic or support reasons either, but over money. A new spending bill officially released this Monday evening would be able to reinstate a federal level ban on all forms of horse slaughtering by stripping funding for required inspections at all equine butchering facilities.

Those against the inhuman treatment of animals and fully opposed to these horse slaughterhouses altogether have been highly supportive of the soon-to-be-decided measure.

"Americans do not want to see scarce tax dollars used to oversee an inhumane, disreputable horse slaughter industry," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. "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."

At the same time, though, proponents of these “horse killing” sites claim that organized domestic slaughter is the most efficient and even most humane way to handle the troubling rise of horses that are found undernourished, abandoned, or severely abused. A majority of unwanted horses are already shipped to neighboring regions to be killed, including Canada and Mexico, and those against this fund cutting bill feel it is better to slaughter these animals humanely nationally than elsewhere.

"It is certainly disappointing that Congress is returning to a failed policy at the urging of special interest groups while failing to provide for an alternative," said Blair Dunn, an attorney for Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., and Rains Natural Meats in Gallatin, Mo. " The result is more waste and devastation of the range and the denial of access to an export market that would have created jobs and positive economic impacts to rural agriculture communities that desperately need these opportunities."

The new bill regarding the possibility of stripping funds from inspections at horse slaughterhouses here in the U.S. will be coming to a vote in Congress early this 2014.

“Animal rights groups and the Obama administration have been lobbying for the funding cut, as well as outright bans on horse slaughter in the United States. Congress cut funding for inspections at horse slaughterhouses in 2006, but reinstated the funding in 2011, four years after the last of the domestic plants closed.”

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