South Dakota Seeks USDA Horsemeat Inspections

Lawmakers in South Dakota have passed a resolution seeking the reinstatement of USDA inspection of horse processing plants. A federal appeals court ceased private-pay funding for horsemeat inspections in 2007, effectively shutting down processing plants in Illinois and Texas.

SCR 4 asks Congress to reinstate and fully fund the USDA's horse slaughter and processing facilities inspection program.

The resolution also urges Congress to defeat HR503/SB 727, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, which prohibits the transport of horses to processing plants in Mexico and Canada.

Previously, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed HCR 1003, instructing the state's Congressional delegation to oppose the federal bills.

Similar resolutions are also pending in Idaho and Oklahoma.

However, California lawmakers are currently considering SJR 22, a resolution urging Congress to pass the federal bills.

Colorado lawmakers are also considering a bill that would help support an equine welfare agency in that state.

SB 139 establishes a state-operated fund to support the Colorado Unwanted Horse Coalition and allows state income tax payers to voluntarily contribute a portion their tax dollars to that fund.

About the Author

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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