A bipartisan group of U.S. Congressmen on Wednesday introduced a bill to prohibit horse slaughter for human consumption, following efforts by several companies to restart horse meat processing in the United States.
The bill would halt the startup of a proposed slaughtering facility by Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., that hopes to soon begin producing horse meat for export.
The bill also blocks the export of U.S. horses for slaughter in Mexico and Canada. About 170,000 horses were sent to slaughter in those countries last year, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has received applications from six companies seeking permission to start slaughtering horses, according to the New York Times. Those companies are seeking approval for facilities in Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Rockville and Gallatin, Mo.
Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-Penn.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) introduced the new bill to prohibit horse slaughter and export of horses for slaughter.
The American Sheep Industry Association policy adamantly supports the option for horse processing and works through like-minded coalitions in Washington, D.C., such as the Farm Animal Welfare Coalition.
Reprinted in part from meatingplace.com