Idaho officials, Humane Society spar over horse bill
HAGERMAN (AP) — Some in
This year, Congress passed legislation that bans funding for inspection of horses for human food, making it temporarily impossible for plants to market horse meat.
Additional bills would prohibit outright the movement and slaughter of horses for human food and other purposes. Officials including U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and brand inspectors point to an overabundance of mustangs on the open range and say that banning horse slaughter for human consumption will only make things worse. For instance, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced plans Wednesday to gather about 1,700 wild horses from the
‘‘All these do-gooders that want this slaughter thing stopped — they think it’s so inhumane. You’re going to have horses suffering 10 times as much,’’ Larry Hayhurst, the state brand inspector in
Animal protection groups have been trying for years to get Congress to pass legislation prohibiting the slaughter of horses for human consumption.
counting on two bills presented in Congress, the Senate version sponsored by Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and John Ensign, R-Nev., to close the final loophole in the
Nancy Perry, vice president of government affairs for the Humane Society of the
‘‘Most people who own a horse can actually afford to have the vet come out and give them a really painless injection,’’ Perry said. ‘‘I think a lot of it is people needing to take responsibility for their property.’’
Her group has documented instances where horses bound for slaughter were abused. In
‘‘Particularly in the West, we are witnessing an increase in the number of unwanted horses dumped on public or private rangelands,’’ he said late last year, according to congressional records.