DeLauro: Horses are not for eating

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, D-3, is sharply criticizing the U.S.  Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to begin federal inspections of a horse slaughter facility.

The decision means that one plant in the United States may now engage in horse slaughter, something previously prohibited by annual congressional appropriations bills. The plant is in New Mexico.

DeLauro has long opposed allowing the federal inspection of horse meat in the United States so it can be sold for human consumption.

 

‘Congress should act promptly’

“Congress should promptly reinstate the provision that prohibited spending federal dollars to inspect horse slaughter facilities and I am encouraged my colleagues have taken steps to do so,” DeLauro said in a statement on June 28.

“I will continue my work to prevent horse slaughter in the pending agriculture appropriations bill,” the New Haven Democrat said.

 

Previously chaired oversight committee

DeLauro, former chair of the U.S. House subcommittee responsible for funding the USDA, had worked to ensure federal funds could not be used to inspect such facilities in the United States during her tenure overseeing the subcommittee.

After taking over the House majority in 2011, Republicans failed to continue that practice, according to a release from DeLauro’s office.

The Obama administration’s proposed budget asks Congress to reinstate that provision, which would result in the practice once again being banned, DeLauro’s office said.

During the Appropriation Committee’s consideration of the agriculture appropriations bill earlier this month, DeLauro spoke in support of an amendment to reinstate the ban. That amendment was accepted, as was a similar amendment in the U.S. Senate’s counterpart bill.

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  • http://RosaDeLauroExposed.wordpress.com/ Christopher Schaefer

    DeLauro blasts decision to allow horse slaughter for meat—but recently blasts attempts to NOT allow nearly full-term human infant slaughter. So does this mean that if the humans were slaughtered for meat, only then would she object?

    • terrri

      Really..what does abortion have to do with horse slaughter? You need to compare like things instead of trying to turn this patio an anti abortion rant!

    • terrri

      Hello..HORSE MEAT KILLS PEOPLE. THEY ARE NOT RAISED FOR FOOD. THEY CONSUME DRUGS THAT MAKER THE MEAT NOT FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. BAN HORSE SLAUGHTER FOR GOOD!

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  • Tom Durfee

    AS Fire fighters die we cut funding to them and then fund horse slaughter.

    The U.S. Forest Service’s $2 billion-a-year firefighting budget – the government’s biggest – has been cut by 5 percent. Agency officials say that has meant 500 fewer firefighters and 50 fewer fire engines than last year. Just think of the 19 fire fighters that died, maybe if they had the funding that would be used to slaughter horses they would be alive today.

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