"At this point, we probably have more questions than the USDA has answers," says Cindy Schonholtz, president of the Animal
Welfare Council, which has been working closely with AAEP and AVMA to thwart the budget amendments under the umbrella of the
Horse Welfare Coalition, which has at least 40 allied members. "We're a little unclear on if you take away the funding for
the inspectors for the horse processing program, does than mean that plants can hire their own inspectors or does it mean
that they will not be able to process horses for human consumption in the United States?"
Steven Cohen, spokesperson for the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service, declined to comment on pending legislation.