U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston is being credited as a player in a successful, bipartisan move to bring horse meat processing back to the United States. From The Oklahoman newspaper:
Horse slaughter plants have become legal again, after Congress quietly unbridled restrictions on processing horse meat. President Barack Obama signed the enabling bill on Nov. 18.
Entities already are considering opening plants in Oregon, and possibly Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Georgia and Missouri, slaughter plant proponent Sue Wallis said.
Between 120,000 to 200,000 horses will be killed for human consumption per year, she estimates.
Kingston, a Savannah Republican, pointed to the economy:
“We wanted to allow horse slaughter again in America because of an unanticipated problem with horse neglect and abandonment,” he said.
Congress effectively put a halt to horse meat plants in the United States in 2006 by withholding federal funds for food inspectors. But Kingston told the Oklahoma newspaper that processing plants simply moved to Canada and Mexico.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider