Rep. Blumenauer Condemns House Appropriations Committee Vote to Allow Horse Slaughter

July 12, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), co-chair of the Animal Protection Caucus, today condemned the House Appropriations Committee for voting to overturn the longstanding ban on horse slaughter. Blumenauer is an original cosponsor of legislation to permanently ban this practice and issued the following statement:

“Why the Appropriations Committee would undermine years of precedent and protections for America’s horses makes absolutely no sense. Today’s vote is unconscionable. Congress has repeatedly banned inspections of horse meat processing facilities to make sure that horses are not slaughtered and consumed by people within our borders.

“While some members of the Appropriations Committee may think it’s their job to roll back these common-sense safeguards, there is a strong bipartisan coalition in the House and Senate who agrees with the American public that horse slaughter must end. This isn’t over, and we will look for opportunities to reinstate the ban as the appropriations process continues.”