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US Bill Aims To Stop Slaughter For Foreign Consumption
In the US, "a bill that would ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in foreign countries could be voted on in the United States Senate after being discharged from the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on Wednesday", reports thoroughbredtimes.com. One of the major factors behind the attempt to introduce new legislation is that: "According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 100,800 horses were slaughtered last year at foreign-owned plants in DeKalb, Illinois, and Fort Worth and Kaufman, Texas." A law in Texas, recently upheld by an appellate court, now "makes it illegal to sell, possess, and transport horsemeat for sale for human consumption overseas. The Illinois plant stopped slaughtering horses after a federal court ruled it is illegal for slaughterhouses to pay the USDA for inspection costs."