The proposed American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act is history--at least for now. Although the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the act into law earlier this year, the Senate adjourned without voting on it. That means any slaughter-ban bill would have to be reintroduced in 2007 and again voted on by the House and Senate before becoming law.
Meanwhile, in the Unintended Circumstances Department, anonymous sources within the livestock industry have told me that the three U.S. horse-slaughtering plants have worked at full capacity the last several months, in order to process horses coming in from slaughter buyers anxious to earn as much income as possible before the proposed ban might go into effect. Thus, the "save the horses" rhetoric leading up to Congressional action against slaughter could well boost the 2006 total instead of reducing it. In 2005, over 90,000 horses were slaughtered in the U.S. while another 20,000 reportedly were shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter.
Hop back in the archives to read my "Stinkin' Thinkin'" post. Then let me know your thoughts on this latest development in the unwanted-horse conundrum.