USDA Proposes Changes to Horse Slaughter Ban

01/09/08

The American Horse Council has issued a statement of support for the United States Department of Agriculture's proposal to amend regulations govering the commercial transportation of horses for slaughter.

Proposed changes would extend the regulatory protections provided by the Commercial Transport of Equines to Slaughter Act to cover horses bound for slaughter that first are delivered to an assembly point, feedlot, or stockyard.

The current rules only apply to the transport of horses directly to the slaughter plant The USDA wants to close that gap in protections and wants to include all horses bound for slaughter regardless of stops at assembly points.