Horse Processing Prohibition in Ag Spending Bill
A ban on funding for Agriculture Department inspectors at U.S. horse processing facilities is included in the House’s 2013 agriculture appropriations bill, which could be considered on the House floor this week.
If it remains in the bill, the provision will contribute to the increasing number of abandoned and neglected horses in the U.S.—now estimated in excess of 100,000, Farm Bureau is cautioning.
The ban also infringes on the legal property rights of horse owners and sets a dangerous precedent for establishing restrictions on all types of animal protein production and processing.
Opponents of the ban are working to gather support for an amendment to remove it from the spending bill. State Farm Bureaus are asked to contact the members of the House delegation who are not co-sponsors of legislation to prohibit horse processing (H.R. 2966) and encourage them to support an amendment to remove the ban from the agriculture appropriations spending bill.