Language that ended domestic horse slaughter and processing in the United States has been removed from the Agriculture Appropriations Bill approved by the House and Senate conference committee. Dave Duquette, president of United Horsemen, calls this a huge victory.
"The Rep. James Moran (Va.) amendment that was in the House version that left the rider on the bill was stripped off in conference. The language has already come out and there are now no riders prohibiting the inspection of horse meat," says Duquette.
The American Sheep Industry Association signed on to a letter with other agriculture organizations urging the deletion of the language inserted by Moran to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture from providing fee-for-service inspection in horse processing facilities.
Reprinted in part from Brownfield Ag News