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Horse Slaughter

October 4, 2011

Part 1: The State Of U.S. Horse Slaughter: Closing The Doors, Opening The Borders

For horse people, there are few topics more controversial than slaughter.

When a government report was released June 22, it didn’t tell anyone seriously involved on either side of the debate anything they didn’t already know. But the report did frame the situation perfectly by recommending either closing the channel of slaughter from the United States or re-opening domestic slaughterhouses.

January 21, 2011

Nebraska Broaches Horse Slaughter Topic

Nebraska has joined the list of states making legislature changes on the issue of horse slaughter. A proposed bill introduced by Nebraska state senator Tyson Larson would require the state’s Department of Agriculture put a meat inspection program into effect by 2013.

Larson, whose family owns a ranch and raises roping horses in O’Neill, Nev., argued that the state’s 2007 closing of meat processing plants caused the equine surplus problem, which he links to abandonment and abuse.

June 23, 2010

Proposed Canadian Bill Seeks To Stop Horse Slaughter

Canada has proposed a bill that would end horse slaughter for human consumption in the country. Additionally, the bill would stop the import and export of horses for slaughter from other countries, including the United States.

May 28, 2010

Mystery Meat In Miami-Dade County Is Confirmed Horsemeat

Two coolers of meat found Wednesday in Miami-Dade County, Fla., have been confirmed to contain horsemeat.

Officers discovered the coolers in a van, parked in a Miami neighborhood known for the sale of black market horsemeat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted tests on the meat and confirmed it to be horse. A bag containing horse legs was later found in the vehicle.

May 18, 2010

Florida Anti-Slaughter Bill Signed Into Law

Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed the Florida Horse Protection Bill into law on Friday, May 14. This law prohibits the mutilation or killing of any horse and outlaws the transport, distribution, sale or purchase of horsemeat for human consumption. It goes into effect July 1, 2010, as Chapter 2010-87 of Florida Statutes.

Delinquents will face a felony minimum penalty of $3,500 and one year in prison.

May 14, 2010

Horse Slaughter Removed From Missouri Agricultural Bill

Missouri state legislators have removed horse slaughter provisions from SB 795, an agricultural bill currently in review, reported the

May 10, 2010

Missouri Legislature Votes On Horse Slaughter Bill This Week

The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill in March, HB 1747, that would establish plant operation and meat inspection regulations for horse processing plants. Currently there is no national government funding for inspections, thus there are no horse slaughter plants that provide meat for human consumption operating in the United States.

The bill was then incorporated into SB 795, a comprehensive agriculture bill, according the

April 14, 2010

Undercover Footage Of Canadian Horse Slaughter Sparks Renewed Protest

In late February the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition received hidden camera footage of horse slaughter practices at Viande Richelieu in Quebec and Bouvry Exports in Alberta. The videos demonstrated that both facilities fail to meet humane slaughter standards used by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to audit Canadian slaughterhouses.

The videos reveal horses being shot multiple times while still alive and slipping and scrambling as they wait to be slaughtered.

April 9, 2010

Slaughter Bill Progresses in Tennessee

Yesterday, April 8, a bill that would allow horse processing plant development in Tennessee passed the state's House Finance Subcommittee by a slim 7-6 margin, according to The measure now moves on for full Finance, Ways and Means and Budget Committee consideration.

HB 1428 allows the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to establish licensing, inspection, operational regulations and fees for horse processing plants.

April 8, 2010

Horses Known To Receive Bute Sent To Slaughter

One of the many concerns about horse slaughter is the inability to determine whether a horse has been given non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs at some point during their lives. These types of drugs are banned for use in any animal intended for human consumption because they are known to cause potentially lethal effects in humans.

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