Would You Eat Horse Meat?
Living 2011/12/02 17:00:00
Tired of beef and turkey burgers? You may have another option. Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption, now that Congress has lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, The Associated Press reports. Congress lifted the ban in a spending bill President Obama signed into law Nov. 18, the AP reported. So there may soon be a slaughterhouse near you -- that is, if you can stomach eating horse meat.
"If plants open up in Oklahoma or Nebraska, you'll see controversy, litigation, legislative action and basically a very inhospitable environment to operate," Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of The Humane Society of the United States, told the AP.
Opponents claim horse meat inspections could cost taxpayers $3 million to $5 million a year; as many as 200,000 horses a year could be slaughtered for human consumption, the AP reports. Most of the meat would be shipped to countries in Europe and Asia, including France and Japan.
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is lobbying colleagues to permanently ban horse slaughter. But Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state lawmaker who is vice president of the nonprofit, pro-slaughter group United Horsemen, told the AP that the federal ban devastated "an entire sector of animal agriculture for purely sentimental and romantic notions." Which side are you on?
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