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Pay to Play in Congress

Are campaign contributions the driving force behind action, or inaction, in Congress? When it comes to antislaughter legislation, it's more than a numbers game. ...

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Horses and Cattle and Pigs, Oh My

Pig producers came out on top in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that has implications for state efforts to ban or restrict horse slaughter. ...

Will of the People

What is the "will of the people" when it comes to horse slaughter legislation in Congress? It depends on who you ask....

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Fish Or Cut Bait

With a stop-gap funding ban on horse slaughter inspections left out of the new appropriations bill, there is added incentive for Congress to act on pending anti-slaughter legislation. Whether Congress can overcome its own inertia is anybody's guess. ...

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We The People

A new online resource provides an easy way for people to complain directly to the Obama Administration about horse slaughter, wild horse roundups, or almost any other issue....

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New Ways of Thinking

Ending horse slaughter in the United States was a "well-intentioned" effort with "disastrous" consequences, according to animal behaviorist and autism expert Dr. Temple Grandin....

A House Divided

Sometimes overlooked in the debate about horse slaughter for human consumption is whether the special cultural status enjoyed by horses in the United States should translate into enhanced legal protection....

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More From The GAO

Statistics from the Government Accounting Office do not support the pro-slaughter argument that closing processing plants in the United States contributed to an equine overpopulation crisis. ...

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Not In My Backyard

Ending the slaughter of horses in the United States has had little impact on the total number of horses slaughtered in North America, according to numbers from the Government Accounting Office....

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The Economics Of Slaughter

A comment about a recent blog raised an interesting question regarding on-going state attempts to re-introduce horse slaughter to the United States. The writer wondered how the Missouri legislature could try and pass a law authorizing horse processing facilities in the state when there is no federal funding for inspectors at the plants. The answer depends on the often confusing interplay between federal...

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