Almost two weeks ago I wrote about the potential for an effective ban on horse slaughter if the 2014 spending bill was signed by President Obama. I also stated that I was personally against horse slaughter.
According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, it was signed!
Most immediately, the Act ensures that horses will not be slaughtered for human consumption in this country for the time being—restoring a ban on using any Federal dollars to inspect horse slaughter facilities. Without those government inspections, slaughterhouses are not legally able to comply with Federal Meat Inspection Act standards.
The ban only lasts until September 30, 2014, so it is important to keep working towards a federal ban on horse slaughter or state bans on horse slaughter, which effectively would prevent horse slaughter in the United States if all 50 states passed such legislation.
Additionally, according to ALDF, the bill has restored protections for America’s wild horses and burros – something that has been waning recently. The Bureau of Land Management was able to sell wild horses to kill buyers if the horses had failed to be adopted at least three times or were over 10 years old.
We are making great steps towards furthering equine welfare in this country.