The U.S. House approved a bill that would end all horse slaughter in the country. The House passed similar legislation last year, but the bill did not surface in the Senate for consideration. This time, there is a companion bill in the Senate (S. 311), and a vote is expected.

There were only three foreign-owned horse slaughtering plants in the United States — all of which have already been forced to close. The current bill would make those closures permanent, would deny any new plants and would prevent horses from being shipped to Mexico or Canada for slaughter.

Agriculture opposes these bills because they would create unprecedented government authority over the animal agricultural sector without scientific justification. The concern is that is could set a precedent to target other species and production practices.