The 2014 White House budget sent to Congress by the Obama administration Wednesday essentially prevents horse slaughter operations in the U.S., a move supported by many animal welfare groups.
The latest proposal does not include any money budgeted for inspection of horse slaughtering facilities. The lack of funding would prevent those facilities from legally operating.
A blog for the Seattle Post Intelligencer says some senators may challenge the lack of funding, but it would be a hard sell with so many other budget cuts and few Americans asking for horse slaughter plants in the U.S.
A release by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) strongly supports the lack of federal funds for horse slaughter plants.
The USDA has received at least five applications for horse slaughter facility inspection services including small towns in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Tennessee and Iowa.
The news will come as a letdown to Valley Meat Co., a New Mexico company expected to have a horse slaughter plant up and running this summer.
Oklahoma also had plans to open a facility to process and export horse meat. A 50-year-old ban was lifted on March 29 to allow a horse slaughtering facility in the state.