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.”

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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.