TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a ban on funding horse meat inspections.

Pro-slaughter activists estimate a slaughterhouse could open in 30 to 90 days with state approval. The meat would be shipped to Europe or Asia.

United Horsemen President Dave Duquette says no site has been picked yet but he’s lined up plenty of investors who have expressed interest in financing an American-owned slaughterhouse.

Congress cut off funding for horse meat inspections in 2006 but lifted the ban earlier this month after a federal report found more horses had been neglected and abandoned since the economic downturn started.

Wayne Pacelle of The Humane Society of the United States warns there’ll be a big outcry “over slaughtering Trigger and Mr. Ed.”

Lawmakers in California and Illinois have banned the slaughter of horses for human consumption, and more than a dozen states tightly regulate the sale of horse meat.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Comments (5)
  1. luanne says:

    Oh HELL NO!! Horses are like pets, you don’t eat your cat, dog, hamster, parakeet do you??? What the heck, are the IDIOT LEGISLATERS that Lame? What a bunch of sick you know whats. Come on PETA lets move on this NOW!

    1. Linda says:

      some people eat dogs, cats, hamsters and birds.

  2. Tom says:

    OK lets see you eat steak don’t you or chicken, fish and folks have those as pets as well it’s just because it’s not in your idea like grocery store but soon will be you will get use to it .WOW maybe they will give coupons to the trash on welfare and save the good beef for the working class .

  3. imanillegalroach says:

    We should feed it to illegal Brown Roaches,Who are in our Prison System!

  4. Angel says:

    OMG! =/ No WAY!!!!

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