Advocates of horse slaughter as a way to manage horse populations, particularly on reservation lands and fragile grasslands, were cheering passage Monday night of a conference report on an appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture that for the first time since 2005 does not contain a rider that prevents the USDA from providing inspections of horse meat for human consumption at processing facilities.
The conference report, HR 2112, a consolidated appropriations bill for several agencies including Agriculture, this week is expected to go to the full House and Senate for approval. It must be voted up or down, without amendment.
Advocates for resuming horse slaughter were confident the report could not be altered at this point to once again processing facilities from handling horse meat.
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