Press Release today by Congressman Jim Moran, calling on USDA to Deny Horse Slaughter Facility Permits and for the agency to include slaughter ban in FY ’14 budget.
Specifically addressing Secretary Vilsack, Moran wrote, “I believe that you, consistent with your regulatory authority, should deny Valley Meat’s permit for horse slaughter inspections so further consideration can be given to the important responsibility of monitoring equine drug residues. To this end, I ask that USDA provide an official response to the petition for rulemaking to label horse meat as adulterated prior to issuing a grant of inspection. It is regrettable that Congress allowed the prohibition on federal funding for horse slaughter inspections to lapse. While I work to restore this ban, I strongly urge you to exercise all available options to prevent the resumption of this industry. I also stand ready and willing to work with you in developing a responsible plan for handling unwanted horses.”
Read Moran’s entire Press Release: http://moran.house.gov/press-release/moran-calls-usda-deny-horse-slaughter-facility-permits