By Alison Henderson
Congress lifted a ban Nov. 18 that will allow the slaughter of horses to resume in the U.S.
The ban, which began in 2006 did not stop horses from being slaughtered, according to a Patch report. During the ban, horses were shipped across national boarders for slaughter.
"As a result, nearly the same number of U.S. horses was transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter in 2010 - nearly 138,000 - as was slaughtered before domestic slaughter ceased," U.S. Rep Chris Murphy, D-5 said in an email to Patch.
Activists, including the animal rights group PETA, say that the new legislation will keep horses from the suffering they experienced when they were being transferred.
"This transport of live horses -- often in vehicles with low ceilings in which horses must hunch over, slipping and sliding on their own waste ... is an indictment of the horse-breeding and -ranching business. To reduce suffering, there should be a ban on the export of live horses, even if that means opening slaughterhouses in the U.S. again," PETA said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.
Though currently no slaughterhouses in the U.S. are used to slaughter horses, several are expected to be up and running within the next few months, according to a Washington Post report.