Student Lilly Harmon discusses the increasing epidemic in the United States of uneducated owners unwittingly selling their geriatric horses into the slaughter pipeline — and the implications this can have for human health as well as equine well-being.
The Senate Committee on Appropriations passed its Fiscal Year 2018 Agriculture Bill today, including an amendment that would prohibit funding horse slaughter inspectors — in contrast to last week’s similar bill in the House.
The move to renew the defunding of horse slaughter facility inspectors was defeated in a 27-25 vote earlier today.
The mark up sessions for a critical appropriations bill take place tomorrow, with the potential to begin funding horse slaughter facility inspectors and re-open American equine slaughter once again.
A reintroduced version of a bill that would outlaw the exportation of horses for slaughter is currently back in Congress. What are the implications for the horse industry?
The issue of slaughter is both uncomfortable and divisive. Lorraine Jackson makes a plea for genuine communication and respect in our discussions. (more…)