Who slaughters horses and where are they slaughtered?
Horse slaughterhouses located in the United States are all foreign owned. The horsemeat is federally inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture, (USDA) with your tax dollars footing the bill*. Amendment to the House Agriculture Appropriations Bill on June 8th, 2005 prevents use of public funds. READ UPDATE Under federal law, horses cannot be slaughtered in the same slaughterhouse as cattle, hogs, sheep, or goats. Due to the fact that horses are not raised for food or fiber in this country, and Americans do not consume horses, none of the products that we routinely use on our horses has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use on horses intended for food. Currently there are three horse slaughterhouses in the United States, two of which are located in Texas. A third slaughterhouse in DeKalb, IL owned by Cavel Int. re-opened on June 7th, 2004 after being rebuilt after a fire destroyed the plant in 2002. In 1999 Cavel had attempted to relocate to Big F