UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Dec 14, 2011 — Setting the Record Straight on Congress’ Lifting of the Ban on Horse Slaughter
Posted by Phil Derfler, Deputy Administrator for Food Safety and Inspection Service, on December 9, 2011 at 3:20 PM
There has been a lot of talk in the past week about Congress’ lifting of the ban prohibiting federal funding for the inspection of horses, which prevented the slaughter of horses for human consumption for the past five years. The issue is understandably a sensitive and emotional one for everyone who loves these majestic animals, but it is important that the discussion be tempered with the facts.
While Congress has technically lifted the ban, horse processing will not resume anytime in the near term. Under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, horses are an amenable species, which means that horse meat cannot be shipped or sold for human consumption without inspection.
To date, there have been no requests that the Department initiate the authorization process for any horse processing...