Horses could soon be slaughtered for meat in US

TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) - horse be killed in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted the ban five years, funding for the inspection of horse meat, and activists say the slaughter of animals can run only a month.

Slaughter opponents pushed a measure to cut funding for the inspection of horse meat in Congress in 2006, after another attempt to provide a total ban on horse slaughter in recent years. Congress lifted the ban on spending bill President Barack Obama signed into law November 18 to keep the government to last until mid-December.

He did, however, assign a new fund to pay for inspections of horse meat, which opponents say could cost taxpayers $ 3,000,000 $ 5,000,000 each year. U. S. Department of Agriculture must find the money in the current budget, expect to see further cuts this year, Congress and the White House goal of cutting federal spending.

USDA issued a statement Tuesday saying that there is no slaughterhouse in the U.S. for horse meat for human consumption now, but if you switch on, is carried out inspections to ensure that federal laws are followed. USDA spokesman Neil Gaffney declined to answer questions beyond what the statement.

Last U.S. slaughterhouses that animals were slaughtered in 2007 in Illinois closed, and animal welfare activists warned of mass public protests in every city where you can open a slaughterhouse.

"When the plant opened in Oklahoma or Nebraska, you can see the controversy, litigation, legislative action and really a very inhospitable environment to operate," predicted Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. "Local opposition has come out and sacrifice the great controversy in the shooting and Mr. Ed."

But activists say the ban is killing unintended consequences, including increased neglect and left the horse, and struggling to get a plant - possibly in Wyoming, North Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri. They estimate the slaughterhouse can open the 30-90 day approval of the state and, eventually, more than 200,000 horses a year be slaughtered for human consumption. Most of the meat will be sent to countries in Europe and Asia, including France and Japan.

Dave Duquette, president of the massacre of pro-Knights-profit, the Group of States, said that no country or site is released, but it ranks as many investors expressed interest to finance the processing plant. During the last three slaughterhouses in the United States is owned by foreign companies, says a new plant belongs.

"I personally probably five to 10 investors can call now if you have the plant ready to go," says Duquette, living in Hermiston, Ore.. He added: "If the plant has turned in two weeks" d I have enough money to fund it. People have put up $ 100,000. "

Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state legislator group president, vice president, said that farmers used to sell horses that are too old or unfit for work for slaughterhouses, but now they have to send them to butcher Canada and Mexico, where for half the price.

The federal ban has destroyed "The livestock sector is the whole idea of ​​a purely passionate and romantic," he said.

Although there have been reports of Americans eat horse meat a bit like 1940, almost no practice in this country, where the animals are treated as pets and beloved symbol of the West.

Lawmakers in California and Illinois banned horse slaughter for human consumption, and more than a dozen states heavily regulate the sale of horse meat.

House Lift ban federal funding for inspections of horse meat is partly due to the recession, which came just stop the killing. A federal report published in June found that the local animal welfare investigations reported an increase in horse neglect and abandonment since 2007. In Colorado, for example, the data indicate that the investigations of neglect and abuse of horses has increased more than 60 percent - from 975 in 2005 to nearly 1600 to 2009.

Reports from the U.S. Office of Government liability also found that about 138 000 horses are transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter in 2010, almost the same as that lost their lives in the United States before the ban imposed in 2007 . The U.S. has an estimated 9 million horses.

Cheri White Owl, the founder of a nonprofit rescue horse hair horses in Guthrie, Oklahoma, said he saw leaving the horse during the recession. His group is caring for 33 horses and now can not receive more.

"Most of this situation because of the economy," he said, "people choose to pay their mortgage or keep their horses."

However, White Owl fear that if slaughter is open, the owners will get rid of their unwanted animals than alternatives, such as animal shelters.

Animal rights also states that sacrifice is a messy process, cruel, and some say it might be more friendly to homeowners that their horses put to sleep by a veterinarian.

"Euthanasia is always an option," says Pacelle. But "if you buy a horse, you must be a responsible owner and care for life."

The fight for horse slaughter lawmakers face the same party against each other.

Sen. Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, said the bad economy, has resulted in "sad case" abandoned horse and neglect, and repeal the ban would give Americans a chance to recover the lost jobs and ensure that the sick horses is not neglected or abused.

But in U. S. Congress Jim Moran, D-VA., Is pressing his colleagues to ban horse slaughter permanently because he believes that this process is not humane.

"I am committed to doing everything possible to prevent the return of horse slaughter and force Congress to debate this important policy in an open and democratic at every opportunity," he said in a statement.

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