Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA-07) issued the following statement in response to the United States Department of Agriculture's approval of a domestic horse slaughter facility in New Mexico.
"I'm disappointed the Administration has made the decision to allow the slaughter of horses for human consumption to return to this country. This decision undermines the bipartisan work that Congress has undertaken to stop this predatory industry in its tracks," Meehan said.
"A measure to stop horse slaughter has been included in Agricultural Appropriations bills in both the House and Senate, and I've introduced the SAFE Act to end horse slaughter once and for all. Horse slaughter is never humane and poses real risks to public safety. The USDA should reverse this decision and await Congressional action on this issue."
Earlier this year, Meehan joined colleagues in both the House and the Senate to introduce the SAFE Act, legislation which prohibits the slaughter of horses for human consumption and the transportation of horses overseas for the purposes of slaughter.