Horse Slaughter

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. House has voted once more to stop spending money on inspections of horse slaughter plants.

Such a change could eventually affect the last horse slaughtering plant in the country, in DeKalb, Illinois.

The measure approved late last night was part of a $91 billion spending bill for farm subsidies and nutrition programs.

Congress voted two years ago to strip money from the Agriculture Department budget for inspections, and that bill was signed by the president. But the USDA then offered inspections on a fee-for-service basis.

The Cavel International plant in DeKalb is currently operating while it challenges an Illinois law banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

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