Why is this still an issue, you wonder? Didn't the U.S. close the last of the three remaining horse slaughter plants last year in Illinois? Yes, but the closure of the Cavel plant in Illinois and the two plants in Texas - although a huge step forward for this country - somewhat predictably just pushed the practice further into Canada and Mexico, where it is still legal and there are even fewer protections against cruelty.
In response, federal lawmakers are considering the "Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act." The legislation "would make it a crime punishable by up to three years in prison to possess or transport horse meat for human consumption or horses intended to be slaughtered for human meals. "
Read more in this MSNBC article by senior news editor Mike Stuckey.