Tuesday, March 30, 2010

MO Moves Closer to Harvesting Horses

Mo. House endorses legislation seeking to bypass federal ban on horse slaughter inspections
By Associated Press
6:08 PM CDT, March 29, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has endorsed legislation designed to allow the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

The legislation is intended to get around a federal ban on meat inspectors working in horse slaughtering plants.

The House bill would levy fees on slaughterhouses that the state would then transfer to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It was approved by voice vote Monday and needs another vote before moving to the Senate.

Congress has barred federal funds from being spent by USDA to inspect horse slaughtering plants.The horse meat bill also includes a provision aimed at blocking initiative petitions restricting agriculture. Link

As the horse market continues to reside in the cellar and unwanted horses burden so many individuals and government entities there are efforts still moving forward to re-instate the harvesting of horses. Since the practice ended in the United States, the number of horses that are suffering has skyrocketed. It’s a classic example of what happens when emotional decisions meet the real world.

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