Oklahoma and New Mexico are planning to reopen horse-slaughtering plants as soon as they obtain USDA approval.
In spite of the fact that 80 percent of Americans are against horse slaughter, USDA resources will be used to inspect these foreign-owned plants.
Unlike cattle that are subject to strict agricultural guidelines regarding medications, horses are companion animals and can be given, at the discretion of owners, pain killers, dewormers and other medications that the FDA labels as unsafe for humans.
The SAFE Act (Safeguard American Food Exports, S541/HR1094) would end sending horses to slaughter since all U.S. horsemeat is unfit for human consumption. Neither Sens. Marco Rubio nor Bill Nelson has cosponsored S541, and only 10 U.S. representatives from Florida have cosponsored HR1094.
Since there is no moral justification for selling tainted meat to foreign consumers, justification must come from the money our legislators receive from pro-slaughter interests.
Mary J. Hoffman, Davie