A Nebraska Congressman supports lifting the ban on horse slaughtering.
Congressman Adrian Smith says the five-year ban on horse processing in the United States had the opposite effect of what supporters intended.
“As I hear from constituents, and these are from horse lovers, they know that we need a better situation, because the five year ban led to actually less humane treatment of horses,” according to Smith.
A Department of Agriculture budget bill restored USDA funding to inspect horse meat for human consumption. Industry sources say the de facto ban simply forced horse owners to ship animals to Mexico or Canada. Some aging horses were simply abandoned. A federal government study indicates horse abandonment rose by 60% during the years of the horse slaughtering ban.
Slaughtering horses for meat stopped in the United States in 2007. Slaughterhouses in the United States met the demand for horse meat in other countries until Congress refused to fund USDA inspections of horse meat.