No Horse Slaughter for U.S.; Federal Ban Now in Effect

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Plans to restore horse slaughter in the U.S. came to an end Friday (January 17) when President Barack Obama signed a budget measure that withholds federal funding for horsemeat inspections.

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Legal horse slaughter last took place in the U.S. in 2007, when the two remaining processing facilities, both in Texas, were closed to comply with state law.

Since then, slaughter of U.S. horses has continued, but on foreign soil, with the business effectively outsourced to Canada and Mexico.

Inspection funding was restored to the federal budget in 2011, helping to encourage proposed new horse-processing facilities in New Mexico, Missouri, and Iowa.

Those plans now appear to be on indefinite hold.