According to the New York Times’ article “Suit Aims to Block Horse Meat Inspections, Now at 2 Plants,” two plants have received approval to process equines, one in New Mexico and the other in Iowa. Some backlash has occurred. Individuals and groups, such as the Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue, Marin Humane Society, the Horses for Life Foundation, and Return to Freedom, have filed a lawsuit claiming that proper reviews weren’t filed before approval was granted. They present the argument of dangerous substances being in the meat, as well as noting the NM plant’s issues with conforming to environmental regulations. Although the Obama administration has asked Congress to ban horse slaughter, until this happens the Agriculture Department needs to provide inspection services by law. Although I do not oppose the humane euthanizing of horses for health reasons (just like with any other animal), I am opposed to the slaughter of horses for meat consumption. Hopefully, we will soon see more positive developments. Be sure to check back for more updates as we track what occurs.
Check out the New York Times article linked here for more information.