President's budget includes ban on horse slaughter funding

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The proposed FY 2015 budget essentially prohibits horse slaughter for human consumption.

President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 includes a request for Congress to continue the prohibition on spending tax dollars to inspect horse slaughter plants.

The ban essentially prevents horses from being slaughtered in the United States for human consumption and it has the support of the Humane Society of the United States.

A similar spending prohibition was put in place from 2005 until 2011 and then re-instated in the 2014 omnibus spending bill passed by Congress in January.

The restriction on funding has effectively shut the door to the horse slaughter industry on U.S. soil.

“The Obama administration’s opposition to the commercial slaughter of horses aligns it with the values of the vast majority of the American public," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the national Humane Society. "This is an inhumane, predatory industry, operating with the skewed view that horses born for pleasure and sport should be gathered up and dismembered in order to serve foreign consumers."