Press Release from the Equine Welfare Alliance
Wyoming Congresswoman’s Facts and Information Flawed
WASHINGTON, (EWA) – A last ditch attempt by supporters of horse slaughter crumbled on a procedural issue Wednesday afternoon after Representative Cynthia Lummis (R/WY) introduced a last minute amendment to the agriculture budget that proposed to allow horse slaughter plants to pay for their own inspections.
The amendment ignored the fact that this strategy had already been implemented by the USDA in 2007 and had been successfully challenged in the courts by animal welfare organizations.
The amendment would have been a contradiction to the Federal Meat Inspection act which requires all inspections to be done by government funded inspectors, and it would appear that it would have had to have been an amendment to that law, not the budget, Lummis’ written language was not immediately available.
The amendment immediately set off a heated debate.
At one point Rep. Lummis, apparently became irritated over the fact that the opposition was characterizing her amendment as already having been defeated in committee.
The defeated language would have funded horsemeat inspections whereas the Lummis amendment would have allowed the slaughter plants to pay for their own inspections. The opposition’s position was that the underlying issue of allowing a return of the horse slaughter plants had in fact been defeated in committee.
Lummis went to the rostrum and began to speak about this distinction but an opposing member rose to object to her receiving more time. She became angered by the challenge and stepped down saying “in that case I will not withdraw my amendment”. There had been no indication to that point that she had intended to withdraw it. Rep.Jack Kingston of Georgia and Rep. Adrian Smith (R) Nebraska came to the amendment’s defense, but fellow Republican Dan Burton (IN) urged Lummis to withdraw the amendment on the grounds that it might jeopardize the entire budget.
An angry and visibly confused Lummis returned to the rostrum and voluntarily withdrew her amendment saying “You won’t even let them pay for their own inspections!”
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