Question: Why Is Horse Meat Banned In The US?

In many countries, such as the United States, horse meat was outlawed for use in pet food in the 1970s.

American horse meat is considered a delicacy in Europe and Japan, and its cost is in line with veal, so it would be prohibitively expensive in many countries for pet food.

Is horse meat illegal in the US?

Making horses into meat was effectively illegal in the U.S. from 2006-2011, but for years the U.S. has allowed horses to be shipped to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada, where eating horse meat is more popular. A proposed law would end the practice of shipping horses outside the U.S for slaughter.

Why don’t we eat horse meat in the US?

It’s believed that humans have eaten horse meat since prehistoric times, but a modern distaste for eating horse dates back to 732 A.D. That’s the year that Pope Gregory III sent a letter to his buddy Boniface that said the ritual consumption of horse meat was a pagan practice that had to be abolished.

Although the slaughter of horses for human consumption is currently not allowed in the United States, the prohibition is temporary and subject to annual congressional review.

When was horse slaughter banned in the US?

On September 8, 2006, the House of Representatives passed a bill which would have made killing or selling American horses for human consumption illegal in the United States; however, it was not passed by the Senate.