New rule could add to horse slaughter woes

New rule could add to horse slaughter woes

—Lack of legislative support prompts USDA to take action.

Western Livestock Journal

A new rule published in the Federal Register on Nov. 7, 2007, threatens to do what the U.S. Congress so far has seemed slow to do: Permanently ban not only the slaughter of horses in the U.S., but also the sale and transport of any horse USDA believes could be destined for such an end.

Published as a ‘proposed rule,’ the text actually is an amendment to the existing regulations which are meant to ensure the adequate health and treatment of horses bound for slaughter. The current regulations placed a ban on the use of double-decker trailers for hauling equines to terminal locations and now seeks to extend the ban, as well as the transportation and care requirements, to nearly all horses being transported.

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