U.S. Slaughterhouse Receives Approval to Resume Production
Urge Congress to Pass a Permanent Ban on Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has agreed to issue a permit to Valley Meat Company to operate a horse slaughter plant in Roswell, New Mexico. The company successfully sued the USDA, charging that the agency unlawfully failed to reestablish its equine inspection service after an appropriations rider that prevented the agency from spending money on these inspections was lifted in 2011.
The USDA is poised to approve two additional horse slaughter plants, one in Missouri and one in Iowa, if Congress does not act quickly to put an end to horse slaughter in the U.S.
The Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013, S 541 and HR 1094, would prohibit the sale or transport of equines and equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for human consumption. This measure would both forestall the reopening of horse slaughter plants in the U.S. and would end the transportation of horses to Mexico and Canada for slaughter there.
Both bills are currently stalled in their respective committees.
Without immediate action by Congress, horses could start arriving at the New Mexico plant in as little as three weeks.
Contact your U.S. Senators and Representative and ask them to SUPPORT passage of this bill immediately!