"Horses are an integral part of our country's culture, and they do not deserve to be slaughtered under brutal conditions," said Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif. "American horses deserve better treatment."
Debate began Thursday morning on whether to ban horse slaughter, and a vote was expected by evening.
"It is one of the most inhumane, brutal, shady practices going on in the U.S. today," said Rep. John Sweeney, R-N.Y., a sponsor of the ban.
Sweeney argues that the slaughter of horses is different from the slaughter of cattle and chickens because horses such as Mr. Ed, Secretariat and Silver are American icons.
If only Betsy the cow had made it through the auditions.
On the other hand, the more time Congress spends on this, the less likely it is they'll ban internet poker.