I found out this morning that the ban placed in 2006 against horse slaughter in the US was quietly lifted. The original ban prevented federal funds from being used for inspections for the slaughterhouses which is required for any food for human consumption. This led to the closure of the houses with the last one being closed in the midwest (can't remember if it was Iowa or Illonois) in 2007. The ban was lifted with supporters stating that the number of neglect and abuse cases on horses had been on the rise since the ban. Also, claims were made that the same number of horses were being slaughtered just in Canada or Mexico with more stress to the horses during the poor transportation enivronment and less money going to the seller. Proponents are stating that new slaughterhouses will be available for opening in as little as 30-90 days with a reported expectation of 200,000 horses are year being slaughtered in the US. Lobbyists are fighting on both sides of the issue.