Horse slaughter plants are legal again in the United States. Restrictions on horse meat processing for human consumption have been lifted.
On November 18th, President Obama signed a law that allows Americans to kill and eat horses. Many horses have now been sentenced to death.
It was forbidden horse slaughter due to the fact that inspections of horses in transit and in slaughter houses was basically non-existent. This usually worked because horse meat couldn’t be sold for human consumption without such inspections. The House version of the bill retained the de-funding language and the Senate version did not. The conference committee charged with reconciling the two opted to not include it. Due to this it is now legal the slaughter of these animals for human consumption.
About 70% of Americans oppose horse slaughter and that President Obama made a campaign promise to permanently ban horse slaughter and exports of these animals for human consumption (horses can be sent to Canada and Mexico), that documentation of animal cruelty, slaughterhouse stench, fluid runoff and negative community impacts exists, it is taxpayers that will bear the cost.
There has been an estimate that between 120,000 and 200,000 horses will be killed for human consumption per year and also that Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Georgia and Missouri are considering opening slaughter plants.