States Move to Legalize Slaughter of Horses for Human Consumption

States Move to Legalize Slaughter of Horses for Human Consumption

Alisa Opar
Published: 04/21/2010
Rep. Niceley is sponsoring a bill (HB 1428) in the Tennessee General Assembly to allow a horse slaughterhouse in Tennessee. He wants folks to believe it is more humane to allow buyers to travel around our great country purchasing healthy, wanted horses, then haul them to Tennessee to be slaughtered for human consumption. Who benefits: foreign-owned companies and high-end diners overseas.

Nelson, and other equine activists including Illinois Equine Humane Center, are pushing Congress to pass the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (HR 503/S 727) that will outlaw domestic horse slaughtering for food consumption overseas.

Nowhere in the debate is anyone calling for Americans to eat equine meat. “Horse, it’s what’s for dinner” is unlikely to be a slogan that appeals to consumers here.

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