Jul 3, 2013 Congressional Issues
LANGHORNE, PA - Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Wednesday regarding the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) approval of a New Mexico company’s horse processing plant which could pave the way for the resumption of horse slaughter in the United States:
“I am deeply troubled by the USDA’s decision to allow an American company to resume the brutal and unnecessary practice of horse slaughter.
In approving the application of a plant in New Mexico- and reports that several more facilities could follow- the USDA’s decision flies in the face of both my constituents and congressional opinion. Horse slaughter has been banned across the nation since 2006, and a reversal of that ban fails to address the safety and humane concerns of exporting horse meat for human consumption.
like-minded lawmakers to reverse this decision. This is a non-partisan issue- we can all agree: there is no place for horse slaughter in the U.S.”