Washington D.C. – In a surprising turn of events, the House Appropriations Committee voted against an amendment that would ban funding for horse slaughter inspectors. The bi-partisan vote was 25 for the amendment, with 27 voting against.
Horse slaughter has been banned in the United States since 2007, and this vote brings the reality of slaughter closer than ever.
One of the key votes that made the amendment fail was by Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Florida.) He originally voted for banning funding for horse slaughter inspection in 2014, but switched his vote this year. “The reality is, if these horses are not dealt with in USDA certified and inspected facilities, they will be hauled off to a foreign market where the conditions are much crueler and less humane,” he told reporters with the Miami Herald.
Others argued for the ban, declaring that slaughtering horses is not an effective birht control plan. “Those are the steps that we should be taking, not literally holding a machete to the neck of a horse in order to make sure that we can solve a problem that I’m sure in the states where it is an issue needs solving,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston said. “We should not do something that most Americans find abhorrent and allow even a step toward the slaughter of horses.”
The Department of Agriculture spending bill still has to be passed by the House at large, and horse slaughter opponents are hopeful that an amendment will be introduced to ban the funding of horse slaughter inspections.Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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