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Learn from US horse slaughter ban, says congressman

By Ed Bedington

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Related tags: Horse slaughter, United states house of representatives, Us, Livestock

Lessons need to be learnt from the US ban on horse slaughter or risk similar happening in other protein sectors, a former US congressman has warned.

Charlie Stenholm, a former representative for Texas, said the ban on horse slaughter had resulted in job losses in the slaughter industry and had simply led to horses being exported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter.

He pointed out that situation had increased the amount of travelling for the animals, which in itself was a welfare issue. “Even PETA think that lifting the US horse processing ban would be a good idea,”​ he told delegates to the World Meat Congress in Paris.

He said the US abided by the process of majority rule, and the horse ban was voted in by majority rule, so he accepted that decision. However, he warned against allowing the minority to influence the majority. “Those folks who have a different view on animal rights also have a different view on biotechnology and fossil fuels. However, the world cannot be fed without biotechnology, and those who object to that do so at their own risk.

“We need to learn the lessons from the US horse industry; if you don’t tackle those issues, the same will happen to beef, pork and poultry.”

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