facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

U.S. horse slaughter for meat may resume

Dec. 2, 2011 at 2:58 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Slaughtering horses for meat, stopped in the United States in 2007, could resume after a recent change in the law, authorities said.

U.S. slaughterhouses met a demand for horse meat from other countries, including France, Canada and Mexico, by exporting horse meat until Congress refused to fund the necessary federal inspections, effectively ending the practice, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Some groups, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said the ban had unintended side effects as horses that were abandoned, rounded up or seized were shipped under inhumane conditions to other countries for slaughter there.

PETA said while it continues to oppose the slaughter of horses for meat, allowing the reopening of U.S. slaughterhouses could reduce the animals' suffering.

"To reduce suffering, there should be a ban on the export of live horses, even if that means opening slaughterhouses in the U.S. again," the group said.

Congress' decision to lift the de facto ban in its new spending bill does not explicitly earmark money for slaughterhouse oversight, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture said if slaughterhouses were to open, they would conduct inspections.

Topics: PETA
© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun
2
Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances
3
Reeva Steenkamp's mother: Pistorius should 'pay' Reeva Steenkamp's mother: Pistorius should 'pay'
4
Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says
5
Gazprom: Hungary ready for South Stream Gazprom: Hungary ready for South Stream
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback