Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption Now Legal in the U.S.

The five-year-old ban on horse slaughter for meat in the U.S. has been lifted by members of Congress who dropped a provision in a spending bill that barred funding for the inspection of slaughtering facilities.

On November 18th, President Obama signed a law, allowing Americans to kill and eat horses. This was despite the fact that 70% of Americans oppose horse slaughter and he made a campaign promise in 2008 to support an end altogether to horse slaughter for human consumption.

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Sue Wallis, a horse slaughter plant proponent said that entities are already considering opening plants in Oregon and possibly Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Georgia and Missouri. Between 120,000 and 200,000 horses are expected to be killed for human consumption per year.

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