House Committee Votes To Effectively Ban Horse Meat | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

House Committee Votes To Effectively Ban Horse Meat

Play associated audio
https://flic.kr/p/8mTQWk

An effort to ban horse slaughter nationwide is picking up steam in Congress.

After a five-year hiatus, in 2011 processing horse meat was once again allowed in the United States. But the ban may be coming back. The House Appropriations Committee recently voted to cut funding from government horse-meat inspectors in next year's Agricultural Appropriations bill.

Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran, the bill's sponsor, says the idea is simple. "You can't sell meat unless you inspect it. And if we don't allow them to inspect it, it can't be sold, and so it—we shut down the industry."

Moran says banning horse production goes beyond respect for creatures considered iconic here in the states. "I don't think the American taxpayers want millions of dollars spent on inspecting horse meat only for export to other countries. It's their tax money."

Proponents of domestic horse slaughter argue that when the ban was in place, horses were shipped overseas to be slaughtered in plants with inhumane conditions.

NPR

'Halt And Catch Fire' Explores What It Was Like For Women In '80s Tech

Mackenzie Davis, lead actress in the AMC show, says she's more interested in the story of an underdog woman than of a "damaged, white, middle-class male figuring out his dreams."
WAMU 88.5

To Help Fight World Hunger, You Can Overeat At José Andrés' 'Dine-N-Dash'

On June 9, 17 restaurants in Penn Quarter will take part in the Dine-N-Dash, an event to help José Andrés' nonprofit World Central Kitchen fight hunger across the globe.
NPR

5 Things You Should Know About Martin O'Malley

His announcement is quintessentially Baltimore with a venue well known to area residents and the addition of a well-known local group, the Kelly Bell Band, booked as entertainment.
NPR

New Season Of 'Halt And Catch Fire' Is A Welcomed Upgrade

AMC's show Halt and Catch Fire chronicles the dawn of the PC-era at a time when companies like Texas Instruments dominated the Silicon Prairie. The second season debuts Sunday.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.