Horse slaughter is now illegal on American soil, and we couldn’t agree more.
Many of us grew up with horses as the ultimate symbol of freedom, best portrayed in old Westerns like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Lone Ranger and Daniel Boone to mention just a few. The debate has been going on for years to determine if horse meat (slaughter) should be legalized.
Last week during the markup of the 2016 agriculture spending bill, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved the anti-horse slaughter amendment.
The amendment was offered by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) and co-sponsored by Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chris Coons (D-DE).
The Udall-Kirk Amendment would prevent the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from using taxpayer dollars to inspect horse slaughter facilities; without such inspections, the horse slaughter industry cannot resume in the United States.
“Horses are a symbol of the West, and they are an important part of our nation’s history and our way of life today,” said Senator Udall.