Sentiment Is Gaining Momentum
Kentucky, the horse capital of the world, is
more horse-centric than ever, owing to growing U.S. opposition to their
slaughter for consumption overseas.
Turns out Kentucky
isn't alone. Public backlash has prompted several equine
slaughterhouses to close up shop. Meantime, the number of U.S. horses
slaughtered annually has fallen from 300,000 in 1990 to about 90,000 in 2005,
according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Federal law prohibits the use of double-decker trucks for transporting horses
to slaughter. Many members of Congress are pushing for a national ban on
slaughtering horses for human consumption.
Thus far, California is the only state that
has expressly banned horse slaughter, though similar measures are under
consideration elsewhere, including Kentucky,
Maryland, New York
has made it illegal to sell horse meat in public places, and many states have
tightened up the labeling and transportation requirements governing horses
bound for slaughter.
Source: John Gregerson on Thursday,
March 15, 2007