TULSA, OK —  Congress has just greenlit horse slaughterhouses.  Horse meat will be on shelves across American within two weeks.
Horses can now legally be  butchered in the U.S. for human consumption.  Congress enthusiastically lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections,which allows slaughterhouses to get up and running as soon as possible.
“We want horse meat on everyone’s dinner table for the holidays,” said Tyler Knox, a horse slaughterhouse expert from San Antonio, Texas.  “There’s nothing as tasty as fresh horse meat.”

President Obama is reportedly looking forward to eat a plate of lean horse rib for a State Dinner to be held on December 15th.  “It’s about time we ate horses in this country,” said a source close to a White House chef.  “Horse and potatoes.  That’s the All-America meal, right there.”
Slaughter opponents pushed a measure cutting off funding for horse meat inspections through Congress in 2006 after other efforts to pass outright bans on horse slaughter failed in previous years. Congress lifted the ban in a spending bill President Barack Obama signed into law Nov. 18 to keep the government afloat until mid-December.

The USDA issued a statement  saying there are no slaughterhouses in the U.S. that butcher horses for human consumption now, but when they do open, they will\ conduct inspections to make sure federal laws were being followed. USDA spokesman Chuck Griffin declined to answer questions beyond what was in the statement.  But he went on to say that  he was a lover of horse liver.
The last U.S. slaughterhouse that butchered horses closed in 2007 in Illinois, and animal welfare activists warned of massive public outcry in any town where a slaughterhouse will open.
Slaughterhouses are scheduled to open in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and in one county in New Jersey.   Elmer Pacamando, president and  of The Humane Society of the United States. “Local opposition will emerge and you’ll have tremendous controversy over slaughtering Trigger and Mr. Ed.”
But pro-slaughter activists say the ban had unintended consequences, including an increase in neglect and the abandonment of horses, and that they are scrambling to get dozens of plants going — in Wyoming, North Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri.

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., said the poor economy has resulted in “sad cases” of horse abandonment and neglect and lifting the ban will give Americans a shot at regaining lost jobs and making sure sick horses aren’t abandoned or mistreated.  He reportedly added,  “And horse meat gives you a lot of energy.  It’s good for you.  Montana horse meat is the best.”


  1. We Americans always let our emotions get in the way of practicality. "Horses are beautiful, loving, intelligent animals!" Well, yes, they can be. But Hindus think cows are sacred, and they still eat them because THEY ARE A SOURCE OF FOOD. I'm sure some Asians love cats and dogs as pets, but they also eat them because, once again, THEY ARE A SOURCE OF FOOD. Our culture is way too picky about the kind of meat we eat, mostly because we have more emotions than hunger. Sure, horses are subject to cruelty when they're slaughtered, but so is every other animal we eat. It's just the price you have to pay if you want meat. And I would be glad to see slaughterhouses for cats and dogs, too. We may love certain animals as pets, but if we're gonna have 10 billion people on the planet, it's time to put our feelings aside and start looking for more ways to feed the population.

  2. Elmer Pacamando? Is this Wayne Pacelle's replacement? The only actual fact in this article is that a dude name Max Baucus actually exists. Everything else is fake, fake, fake, fake, and ………..fake.

    • Hey guys and gals, don't knock it until you give it a try. Spent 5 years in Italy where my family and I ate a good portion of horse meat. Horse meat cooked in spaget sauce is great. Really flavors up that sauce.

  3. It takes 16 pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef. Maybe we all need to start eating more plant protein and less animal protein if we're going to use World Hunger as our excuse to eat meat.

  4. People have other options besides horses you morons
    I would think maybe birth control and living within our means. Thats the problem no one wants to deal with people who want to have babies they cant afford, much less letting their dogs and cats breed out of control. So lets just add one more casualty to the list Obama wants to blast romney for the dog thing but then turns around and legalizes slaughter houses
    Two wrongs dont make it right

    • You are the moron Rhonda…As a horse owner and used to breed them,and used them like they were ment to be used.Just think a min what are the alternatives for the horse that is crippled or just too old,stand in the pasture and starve to death? …a bullet between the and the varmits get a free meal? At least people around the world would have an alternative to 10$ steaks…..and would be good for the horses too….I have 25 head that I cannot take care of properly ….no grass…drought……..

  5. There are two varieties of the tölt that are considered incorrect by breeders. The first is an uneven gait called a "Pig's Pace" or "Piggy-pace" that is closer to a two-beat pace than a four-beat amble. The second is called a Valhopp and is a tölt and canter combination most often seen in untrained young horses or horses that mix their gaits. Both varieties are normally uncomfortable to ride.

  6. What is this world comming to. I mean why would you eat horse meat? What if it doesn't taste good and people just kill the horses for nothing. If I could I would not alow horses to be eaten. If you girls and boys still care about horses please say so at 12:00 and I will be waiting for all of you to be writing.

  7. A horses ass wrote this article. The truth is simple. These abandoned horses are being purchased by one rich SOB that ships them to Canada for slaughter and then makes millions. This one particuliar individual has a monopoly,and buys these horses for 10 bucks or less per horse. The law will allow these abandoned horses to be humanely slaughtered= PUT DOWN in the USA and shipped overseas where they can be eaten.
    We the people aren't going to replace beef with horse anytime soon. Allowing these animals to suffer and spending millions to keep them fed is not a solution. Shipping them to Canada or Mexico for slaughter doesnot change anything either. In fact the horses suffer even more. These are all WILD Horses and not domestic pet horses.

  8. I have been eating horse meat all my life before coming to the States.. My daughter has been brought up eating horse meat since early age. Horse meat in Europe is as expensive as veal or beef tenderloin. Horse meat contain plenty iron and no fat and taste very good. It is about time to be able to eat it here as well!!

  9. The thing Im worried about is the shots and things that go into horses STAY in them, coggins etc…NOT MENT for PEOPLE TO EAT!! DOGS AND CATS DIE FROM THIS EVERY YEAR, but its ok now for us to eat? Sounds like OPERATIONS DEPOPULATION to me.

    • The Coggins test is blood being taken from the horse to test it – it doesn't put anything into the horse.
      If the shots are supposed to be given every year, that doesn't sound to me like it stays in them. Just like with the shots given to other animals (cattle, pigs) I think there is probably a withdrawal time that once it has reached a certain point it is safe.
      Plenty of people get sick off of other meat (and even vegetables), so how would this be different? Also, stricter standards would be enforced for meat that is intended for humans rather than dogs and cats.

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