Animal advocates are applauding United States President Barrack Obama on his decision made Tuesday to continue to keep the ban on federal funding to process horse meat for human consumption in the United States through the end of September 2015. While most people could never even consider that horse meat could ever end up on their dinner table, Valley Meat Company in Roswell, New Mexico and Rains Natural Meats in Missouri have been fighting for just that despite the overwhelming opposition by animal advocates and 80% of the American population.
Though the last horse slaughterhouse closed in 2007 because Congress eliminated the inspection funding, companies like Valley Meat Company were seeking to restore federal money on the 2011 budget. If this ban were to be lifted, horse meat would not be sold to American households, but rather shipped overseas. Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States stated, “Americans do not want to see scarce tax dollars used to oversee an inhumane, disreputable horse slaughter industry. We don’t have dog and cat slaughter plants in the U.S. catering to small markets overseas, and we shouldn’t have horse slaughter operations for that purpose, either.”
Regardless of all the other addendums to the 2015 budget that Republicans and Democrats cannot seem to agree on, this is truly one addition to the budget that both political parties wholeheartedly accepted without fierce argument for once.