WASHINGTON, DC — The first federal bill introduced against horse slaughter in the United States was HR 2622 by US Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (NY-27) on July 25, 2001, “To prohibit the interstate transport of horses for the purpose of slaughter or horse flesh intended for human consumption, and for other purposes.” HR 2622 was referred to the House Committee on Agriculture and died in Committee. It had 8 co-sponsors.
That was nearly 16 years ago, and since then numerous attempts to outlaw the slaughter of horses have been made in the Nation’s capital. For a history of legislative activity to end horse slaughter, please see The Horse Fund’s Horse Slaughter Legislative Timeline beginning here.
Horse slaughter is not currently taking place on US soil because of annual federal budgetary defunding of horse meat inspections necessary to export it for human consumption. This provision has been successfully inserted into annual spending bills since 2005…
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