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.