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Horse meat ban praised by animal rights activists, but it’s only temporary

NICOLE COBLER: ‘Horse meat production won’t resume in the U.S. anytime soon, a victory for animal-rights advocates under the spending bill signed last week by President Donald Trump… The $1.3 trillion spending deal, which funds the government through September, renewed the country’s horse slaughter ban. Just months ago, animal-rights activists feared the ban could be in jeopardy… Although lawmakers renewed the ban under the spending measure, animal-rights activists again are racing against the clock. Friday’s bill is only temporary, which is why some lawmakers and advocates are pushing for a permanent legislative solution…

Animal-rights activists, who say the slaughtering of horses is an inhumane way to dispose of unwanted animals, were worried in July after the House Appropriations Committee approved an agriculture spending bill that would lift the ban that has been in place since 2006. The full House then ratified that shift in policy… The Humane Society of the United States estimates that more than 100,000 horses are sent across the border to be slaughtered in Mexico or Canada each year… “The slaughter of horses for human consumption is a barbaric practice that must end,” Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Florida Republican who proposed an amendment, said in a prepared statement’. SOURCE…


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