CNN reports that a ban on funding USDA inspections of horse slaughterhouses has been lifted.
The idea of eating a horse is revolting to most Americans, myself included, although I am not sure why. Horse, as you probably know, is not a kosher species of animal. But then again, neither are pigs, and Americans by and large have no problem eating them. Apparently until the 1940s eating horse meat was not quite as uncommon as is today.
Horse: Coming soon to a meat case near you?
When President Barack Obama signed the spending bill into law on November 18, another piece of the legislation trotted in under the radar.
The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2012, better known as the spending bill or H.R. 2112, allocated funding for several federal departments and agencies - including the U.S. Department of Agriculture - until September 2012.
And part of that bill lifted a 5-year-old ban on the slaughter of horses for meat.
In 2006, Congress "prohibited the use of federal funds to inspect horses destined for food, effectively prohibiting domestic slaughter" according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Currently, there are no horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. If that were to change, the USDA assured it would conduct the appropriate inspections to ensure humane methods of handling the animals and humane slaughter in a statement.