Congress Lifts Ban on Horse SlaughterhousesCongress quietly lifted a ban for horse meat inspections.
This means horses could soon be butchered for human consumption.
According to the USDA, if a slaughterhouse that butchers horses opened in the U.S. inspections would be conducted to make sure federal laws were being followed.
The five year ban that was lifted now allows the U.S. Department of Agriculture to spend money for such inspections.
There are currently no slaughterhouses for horses in the U.S. since the last one closed in 2007 in Illinois.
After speaking with ranchers, the main issue was horses being abandoned and left in random areas.
Owners can't afford to feed their animal or put it down and left with no other choice.
Slaughterhouses give owners a way to properly dispose of their horses.
Opening slaughterhouses in the U.S. can potentially create jobs and help the economy.