House Committee Passes Slaughter Ban Amendment

House Committee Passes Slaughter Ban Amendment

On May 29, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted in favor of the so-called Moran Amendment, which was introduced by Congressman Jim Moran and defunds USDA horse processing plant inspections through fiscal year 2105.

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The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee has passed an amendment that would prevent the USDA from using a portion of its 2015 budget carry out inspections at U.S. horse processing plants.

Before 2005, USDA personnel carried out horsemeat inspections at U.S. horse processing plants. In 2006, Congress stripped the USDA of funding for inspections at facilities that process horsemeat for human consumption. Horses were thereafter shipped to Mexico and Canada for processing.

Congressional funding bills contained amendments denying the USDA revenue for horse processing plant inspections until 2011, when Congress passed an appropriations bill that did not contain language specifically forbidding the agency from using federal dollars to fund horsemeat inspections through fiscal year 2012. However, a provision in the Omnibus Bill for fiscal 2014 forbade the USDA from using federal funds to pay personnel for inspections at U.S. horse processing plants.

On May 22, Senate Appropriations Committee members voted to amend the fiscal 2015 agriculture appropriations bill to forbid USDA inspections at domestic horse processing plants through fiscal 2015. The appropriations bill, including the amendment, remains pending in the U.S. Senate.

On May 29, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted in favor of the so-called Moran Amendment, which was introduced by Congressman Jim Moran and defunds USDA horse processing plant inspections through fiscal year 2105. In effect, the absence of inspections makes it impossible to process horses in the United States.

The agriculture bill containing the amendment now moves on to the entire U.S. House of Representatives.

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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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