Fitzpatrick: Horse Slaughter Has No Place in U.S.

Jul 3, 2013 Issues: Congressional Issues

LANGHORNE, PA - Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Wednesday regarding the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) approval of a New Mexico company’s horse processing plant which could pave the way for the resumption of horse slaughter in the United States:

“I am deeply troubled by the USDA’s decision to allow an American company to resume the brutal and unnecessary practice of horse slaughter.

In approving the application of a plant in New Mexico- and reports that several more facilities could follow- the USDA’s decision flies in the face of both my constituents and congressional opinion. Horse slaughter has been banned across the nation since 2006, and a reversal of that ban fails to address the safety and humane concerns of exporting horse meat for human consumption.

As an animal rights advocate on Capitol Hill, I will do everything within my power to work with animal rights organizations and like-minded lawmakers to reverse this decision. This is a non-partisan issue- we can all agree: there is no place for horse slaughter in the U.S.”


Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.