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Horse Slaughter Expected In America

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Horse Slaughter Expected In America

About 9 million horses currently live in America. As early as a month from now, dozens of thousands of them may start joining the ranks of cattle processed in U.S. slaughterhouses, and be sold as meat for human consumption.

Suffice to say that Congress lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections. That measure was included in the spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law last November 18 in order to keep the government afloat until mid-December.

Why (oh, but why), you’ll ask, has Congress decided that spending money on horse meat inspections, of all things, was necessary to rescue the government from bankruptcy? You may be surprised to learn that Big Ag has less to do with this, than the many individual horse owners and workers who make up the horse industry.

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Laetitia Mailhes

Laetitia Mailhes is a French-born journalist. After many years as the technology and innovation correspondent of the French "Financial Times" in San Francisco, she decided to focus on what truly matters to her: sustainable food and farming. Find more articles and videos on her blog, The Green Plate Blog.

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9:34AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

wow!!!

9:32AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

nice

9:29AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

nice

2:18AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

Sara G., I also applaud your written statement and I thank you for it ( and I feel the same way).

3:22PM PST on Dec 10, 2011

Do this to the horses will end Americas era and make you the coldest souls I know. Without the horses you havn't been able to take the country from the Natives and trail cattle around. Yes I know, there are another timeline now and horses don't have the same status in modern world where money is the only thing that matters, shame on you Obama! As they said, you know the country from how they treat there animals...

6:44PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

The slaughtering needs to STOP.

3:22PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Sarah G. - Thank you, your statements were very eloquently put. I feel the same. What a travesty!

7:30AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

let's end all slaughter.

5:38AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Sickening!

4:59PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

When will it stop????

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