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February 21, 2006

Groups File Suit Against USDA Over Horsemeat Inspections

The backlash is growing against the U.S. Department of Agriculture after officials announced their intentions to allow horsemeat slaughter plants to pay the required inspectors themselves.

On Feb. 13 seven animal-rights organizations, as well as neighbors of the plants, jointly filed suit against the USDA.

February 8, 2006

Slaughter-Plant Owners Try A Congressional End-Around

The U.S. Congress voted last year to stop horse slaughter for human consumption for 2006 with a back-door effort, through an amendment to the Food and Drug Administration Appropriations Act.

Instead of outlawing horse slaughter, they voted to stop funding FDA inspectors for the slaughter plants. Cutting off the funding was meant to end horse slaughter, because federal law requires the inspections. The act is supposed to go into effect March 10.

November 29, 2005

President Signs Appropriations Bill Containing Anti-Slaughter Amendment

On Nov. 10, President Bush signed the 2006 Agricultural Appropriations bill, which contained an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds to inspect horsemeat.

The three active slaughter plants in Illinois and Texas have 120 days to finish up processing horsemeat for human consumption. After mid-March, no funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be available for horsemeat inspection.

October 28, 2005

Congressional Conference Agrees To End Horsemeat Inspections

A Congressional conference committee finalized an agricultural appropriations bill on Thursday, Oct. 27, that does not included funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture representatives to inspect the two U.S. plants that slaughter horses.

September 26, 2005

U.S. Senate Votes To End Horse-Slaughter Inspection Funding

On Sept. 20 the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly (68 to 29) in favor of an amendment to bar federal funds from being used to facilitate the slaughter of horses.

This means that there won't be any funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect the three foreign-owned slaughter plants in the United States, and no slaughter for human consumption can take place without USDA inspections.

February 4, 2005

Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Reintroduced To Congress

The Horse Slaughter Prevention Act has been reintroduced to Congress as bill H.R. 503. Initially introduced by Republican John E. Sweeney of New York as The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 857), the bill gained bipartisan support in 2004, garnering some 226 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. Although it only takes 218 votes to pass legislation on the floor, the bill bogged down in the Agriculture Committee and never reached the floor for debate or a vote.

September 24, 2004

Slaughter Shouldn't Be Just A Matter Of The Heart

I can think of two issues about which Americans are completely polarized--abortion and horse slaughter. People on both sides of both issues have genuine, heartfelt feelings that prevent factual analysis of these very complex issues, which have numerous far-reaching ramifications.

September 24, 2004

Horse Slaughter: Is It An Issue Worth Fighting About?

"Dog food!" Who hasn't threatened their horse with that epithet after a particularly trying ride or a harrowing trailer-loading experience? Said in jest—mostly—it harks back to a time when horses were true working animals who continued to be useful even in death by feeding Rover and creating glue.

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