House Committee Strips Funding for Federal Meat Inspectors Again

Committee Vote Close, 24 – 21

WASHINGTON,  (HSUS) — By a bipartissan vote of 24-21, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee this evening approved an amendment offered by Rep.

Jim Moran, D-Va., to block spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect U.S. horse slaughter plants in Fiscal Year 2012.

The spending prohibition has been in place since 2005, and if it had not been renewed, it could have resulted in the reopening of horse slaughter plants within the U.S. at the cost of about $5 million annually to U.S. taxpayers.

“Adding millions of dollars to the federal budget to inspect foreign-owned horse slaughter plants would have been a step backwards for America’s iconic horses and a waste of tax dollars,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.

“We are grateful to Congressman Jim Moran for leading the charge to restore this critical horse protection provision, and to the House Appropriations Committee for reining in this multi-million-dollar subsidy that would have paved the way for the needless killing of American horses for foreign gourmands.”

“Industrial slaughter of horses should not be condoned by the United States Government,” said Rep. Moran. “We have to put an end once and for all to this practice.

These animals are a proud symbol of the American West, treasured by all for their beauty and majesty. They deserve to be cared for, not killed for foreign consumption.”

Photo, Courtesy Bureau of Land Management

5 comments for “House Committee Strips Funding for Federal Meat Inspectors Again

  1. Kcollier
    June 3, 2011 at 3:49 am

    To congressman Moran,you must make your living by selling flowers. We need the slaughter markets in the horse business to thin down the old and injured horses in order to keep the horse business a profitable business. Anybody that disagrees can provide food and stabling for these unprofitable horses and see how long it takes for them to change their mind.

    Respectfully,
    An avid horse owner

  2. KWebers
    June 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Congressman Moran, thank you for your efforts on the amendment denying federal funding for USDA inspectors for horse slaughter. My state group members and myself were happy to make calls to your fellow committee members in advance of the hearing. We’re here for you. Our Congressman Olver could be relied on for his good judgment. You put the rest to shame, Congressman. Live long and well, sir.

  3. diane lindsay
    June 1, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Would also like to know who voted for/against to send a big THANK YOU to them. We do indeed love you, Jim Moran!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. May 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Now I need to know who the 21 horse killers are. And, also the 24 that I want to send a big THANK YOU! to.

    • Brenda
      June 1, 2011 at 1:05 am

      And so does the rest of us, Horse Huggers… We love you Jim Moran…..

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