Proposed budget shows no funding for horse slaughter

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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.

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Craig A. Moore    
Billings, MT  |  April, 12, 2013 at 09:32 AM

Then let 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) pay the $75 million a year to take care of the excess horses coming of public land. You would be surprised how fast their support of the horses would disappear if THEY had to foot the bill.

April, 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

@ Craig, then let the NM and OK pro slaughter people pay the 5-10 million a year in taxes to kill and non food animal. Sound like a fair deal to you?

Susan Setzke    
Adams, WI  |  April, 12, 2013 at 01:25 PM

This is great news. Now we need to pass the Safe Act and put an end to horse slaughter all together. Horses are not food animals and never have been and never will be. Period. The practice of horse slaughter, other than horribly inhumane, encourages irresponsible horse ownership and compromises the safety of our food supply. If we ban the horse slaughter business, we can than develop better and more humane and permanent answers to our horse management issues. We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them-(Albert Einstein). And I am personally sick and tired of all the wealthy, special interest groups that feel they have to make a few bucks off of the horse they want to throw away rather than spending the money, of which they have plenty, on humanely euthanizing the horse that helped them to make all of that money and to live a privileged lifestyle. It's time to put a stop to the killing mentality and focus more on intelligent and more appropriate solutions.

Frank Jamieson    
Texas & Oklahoma  |  April, 12, 2013 at 01:37 PM


oklahoma  |  April, 12, 2013 at 01:41 PM

Stephanie Graham    
Oklahoma  |  April, 12, 2013 at 02:15 PM It only took man and on company illegally dumping horse meat into the food chain to have a hugely negative impact on consumer trade in 23 countries and launch a recall of thousands of meat products across the globe. Now the health of millions is at risk from eating what they thought were beef products but instead contained up to 100% horse meat injected with Phenylbutazone...a well known carcinogenic. He should be put in jail and the horse meat trade shut down once and for all. With horse slaughter down by 62% in Mexico, Canadian market moving at the "speed" of a turtle, and beef consumption and trade plummeting by 47% since this blatant disregard for food safety and budget security exploded to the surface, it is CLEAR the kind of people attracted to the horse meat trade do NOT care about their fellow citizens or the environment of their community. Nor do they have any respect for the welfare of the horse. No wonder the USDA has stepped up in their 2014 budget proposal by removing all funding regarding horse meat inspections and inspecting live horses bound for slaughter. And just prior this honorable and just move on the food safety chess board, the EU announced on March 20th, 2013 they would not take horse meat from the U.S. even if horse slaughter plants opened up. We failed to meet the three year deadline for drug and banned substance testing and compliance (something we cannot and will never do) and so EU says adios U.S. equines. WHAT are the anti horse pro slaughter "right to farm/protect the harvest" extremists thinking? Clearly they are not thinking of anyone but themselves.

New Hampshire  |  April, 12, 2013 at 02:33 PM

This is great news..It is good to know that the administration is finally listening to the 80% of Americans who do not want their taxpayer dollars used to support this predatory, fraudulent b asusiness to slaughter our horses and sell the toxic meat to consumers world wide. With the scandal rocking 23 countries and counting and a 43% drop in meat consumption the writing is on the wall. Delasantos should not have been so shortsighted as to invest so heavily in a business doomed to fail. That is all on him and he should expect no sympathy from anyone for his poor business decisions.

new jersey  |  April, 12, 2013 at 02:49 PM

it is a sad day in this country when politicians have to debate if it will knowingly and intentionally want to be responsible for poisoning thousands of unsuspecting men, women and children, of foreign nations! OH...silly me! it is not about the truth, it is only about the money! not for the taxpayers, but ONLY for the 1%! the people who are pushing the hardest for this barbaric slaughter are FOREIGN investors! they will be using the American tax-payers money to subsidize these houses of horror! they will also receive big government tax abatements! the problem in this country is that NO ONE is held accountable for their actions or in actions!if you have a horse, then you know the costs involved in caring for that animal! the E U has banned horsemeat from the U.S.A.! and it is investigating banning mexico too! why is horsemeat banned by the fds for human consumption in the U.S? because of all the drugs, vaccinations, and meds that our horses are given! in this day and age with everyone eating organic, going green, and fighting for the removal of gmo's from our food supply...why would anybody ever consider poisoning others? may GOD have mercy and protect us and our horses from the greedy and their lies!

Deborah J Dirk-Halley    
Albuquerque, New Mexico  |  April, 12, 2013 at 06:38 PM

If people did not allow horses to breed instead of spay and neuter horses, this country would not have the problem of too many horses. Like dogs and cats, people need to get a grip and educate themselves about spay and neuter programs. Horses can be used for rehabilitation for Veterans, Young Children, Teens, and Adults. Why slaughter these animals? To do what? feed China? This country had better learn how to control the population of animals and not just slaughter them to have out of sight and out of mind mentality. Shame on those who want to slaughter these useful creatures.

Canton, TX  |  April, 15, 2013 at 05:46 PM

@Frank, who said horses were a non-food animal. Just because we don't consume horse meat in this country doesn't mean that there is not a market for for horse meat else where. A horse is just another livestock specie.

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