No Funds For Horse Slaughter
protection advocates applauded President Barack Obama for proposing
to continue a federal funding ban that's blocking the resumption of
commercial horse slaughter in the U.S. The president and Congress
agreed earlier this year to withhold money through September for
Agriculture Department inspections necessary for slaughterhouses to
process horse meat for human consumption. The president's budget
calls for the funding prohibition to remain in place through the end
of the next budget year in September 2015.
The ban on
inspection funding derailed a New Mexico company's plan to slaughter
horses to export the meat to overseas consumers. Blair Dunn, a lawyer
for Valley Meat in Roswell and Rains Natural Meats in Missouri, said
the "president's budget is not law and certainly not the end of
the other problems with the president's budget and the midterm
elections it is unwise to assume that this provision will remain in
the budget in its final form," Dunn said in a statement.
Congress initially eliminated inspection funding, the last U.S. horse
slaughterhouses closed in 2007. Plants in New Mexico, Missouri and
Iowa unsuccessfully sought to resume horse slaughtering when federal
money was restored in 2011.