House Lifts Ban on Horse Meat at American Processing Plants

Posted by Stacey Venzel

A decade-long horse slaughter ban is no longer in effect in the USA.

No sanctioned horse slaughtering plants currently exist in the United States. Up until this week, horses were not allowed to be slaughtered in America.

For more than a decade, U.S. meat processing plants adhered to a ban on horse slaughtering. Now, that ban has been lifted.

The ban was up for renewal, backed by California Democrat Lucille Roybal-Allard, but that proposal lost 27-25 in a vote by the House Appropriations Committee. This vote actually reverses a comprehensive spending bill passed under the Trump Administration in May, a bill that clustered the horse slaughter ban in with other legal pairings.


In January, the Trump Administration overturned a law that prevented horse soring in Tennessee Walking horses. That law was also grouped with other unpublished rules sent back for the administration to review.

Previously, the ban was upheld by preventing Agriculture Department inspection at any horse meat processing plants that slaughtered horses. Without the Agriculture Department's approval, they were out of business.

At the time of proposed renewal, additional funding for the Department of Agriculture (USDA) was also approved.

The ban will continue to be in effect until September 30, at which time the new law will go into effect.

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House Lifts Ban on Horse Meat at American Processing Plants