The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment June 30 that would ban the transportation of horses across state lines or to Canada or Mexico to slaughterhouses processing them for human consumption, according to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
The amendment is part of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act, bipartisan legislation supported by President Joe Biden that now moves to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
The amendment, which would effectively ban horse slaughter in the United States if it becomes law, was sponsored by Reps. Troy Carter, a Louisiana Democrat; Brian Fitzpatrick, a Pennsylvania Republican; John Katko, a New York Republican; Dina Titus, a Nevada Democrat; and Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, and co-sponsors Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat, and Vern Buchanan, a Florida Republican, the lead authors of a stand-alone anti-horse slaughter bill; and Reps. Paul Tonko, a New York Democrat, and Andy Barr, a Kentucky Republican, co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus.
“Horses aren’t bred for food, and Americans don’t want them bought under false pretenses, forced into overcrowded trailers, tormented on a thousand-mile journey, and then prodded to slaughterhouses,” said Carter. “This range of support only happens because it’s something Americans agree on. It’s time to turn that agreement to action and fully ban the transportation of horses for slaughter.”
The amendment was supported by a number of U.S. Thoroughbred industry organizations, including the NTRA, which will be advocating for the inclusion of this amendment as part of any final infrastructure bill passed by Congress.