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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Cows, Chickens, Lambs, Pigs, Ducks, Kangaroos, Deer, Rodents, Insects and Anything from the Sea. But Not Horses.

The U.S. House approved the legislation making it a federal crime to kill a horse for human consumption, 263 to 146. You know, because that's what limited government is all about. Members rejected an amendment by Steven King, R-Iowa, that would have allowed Native Americans to continue eating horse meat. It was rejected by 149-256.

Some good quotes from the debate.
“It’s an attack on personal property rights without due process, and that’s unfortunate,” said Michael K. Conaway, R-Texas.

“What we’re exposing today is a brutal, predatory practice,” [New York Republican John E. Sweeney] said during floor debate Thursday, using pictures of maimed horses to make his point. “It’s something that culturally the United States has never accepted,” he added.
Both via CQ (you guessed it, subscription required).

Word on the street is that it's DOA in the Senate. But you should probably fill your freezer with horse meat just in case.