Oklahoma senator introducing amendment to reinstate horse slaughter plants in U.S.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R- Okla.) is introducing an amendment that would essentially reinstate horse slaughter facilities in the United States.
Sen. Inhofe’s amendment to the omnibus spending bill would strike part of the bill that blocks the United States Department of Agriculture from inspecting the horse slaughter plants which effectively bans the facilities in the U.S.
“Without these facilities, aging horses are often neglected or forced to endure cruel conditions as they are transported to processing facilities across the border,” Sen. Inhofe said.” This provision is counterproductive to what animal rights activists are hoping to achieve through this provision. That is why I am offering an amendment to strike the provision, which would reinstate these inspections.”
Sen. Inhofe said if the amendment is not adopted, he and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2) plan to introduce standalone legislation on the issue.