Wednesday, February 15, 2006

People who Live Near the US's Three Horse Slaughter Plants File Lawsuit to Prevent the USDA From Breaking the Law and Allowing Horse Slaughter

I’m so glad to see groups stepping up to this. As I wrote about this issue before, the USDA is breaking the law and allowing foreign companies to slaughter horses via a loophole. You can read more about this here:


We’ll see what will happen. It will definitely take citizen action and not the action of those so-called representatives.

Animal Rights Coalitions Sue to Stop Horse Slaughter

Feb 14, 2006, 05:13 PM

A coalition of animal rights groups and people who live near the nation's three horse slaughter plants have filed a lawsuit to prevent the Agriculture Department from providing horse meat inspections for a fee.

The groups allege that USDA's plans to provide the inspections next month violates a law passed as part of the 2006 agriculture spending bill signed by President Bush.

In that legislation, Congress cut funding for salaries and expenses of horse meat inspectors.

The plants have contended the law will cost jobs and economic benefits. The plants slaughter horses for the meat, which is consumed in Europe and Asia and used in some zoos.

Two of the plants are in Texas and one is in Illinois.

The House and Senate voted overwhelmingly last year for the provision cutting off money for the horse meat inspectors. The measure was crafted by its sponsors as a way to end horse slaughter, after other efforts to pass outright bans had failed in previous years.

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