Congress bans horse slaughter for food

Congress bans horse slaughter for food

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Herewith a decades-long battle is apparently ending. The vote was an overwhelming, outlawing the shipping, transporting or selling of horses for human consumption although nearly all meat groups had opposed the bill.

Meat industry groups decried the decision, because it was clearly based on emotion, not science, said Joy Philippi, president of the National Pork Producers Council. Virtually all the horse meat, which had been slaughtered by three US facilities, was exported mainly to the European Union, where consumption of horsemeat is commonplace.

Source: South African Meat Industry Company (SAMIC)

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