The USDA gave these slaughterhouses the go-ahead to begin horse slaughter in June. According to the USDA, Congress prohibited the use of Federal funding for equine slaughter inspections in 2006, but did not continue the prohibition in its FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 112-55). Therefore, if a slaughterhouse meets all FSIS regulations for equine slaughter, the FSIS must grant Federal inspection to the facility.
For more information, please see the USDA’s Humane Slaughter page or FSIS’ Information Regarding Horse Slaughter page.
Written By Gaby Gilbeau – Research Assistant
The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
August 6, 2013