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U.S. Rep. Meehan to make anti-horse slaughter pitch in Philly

With signs suggesting that the federal government will give the green light to the opening of the nation's first horse slaughter plant since 2007, U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan is heading to Philadelphia to urge fellow lawmakers to pass his bill banning the killing of horses for human consumtion.

"Horses—and particularly racehorses—are walking pharmacies," says Nicholas Dodman, a member of the group's leadership council. "Eating them is about as healthful as eating food contaminated with DDT."

This move toward a resumption of domestic horse slaughter comes in the wake of the tainted meat scandal unfolding in the European Union with the discovery of horse meat mislabeled as beef in prepared food products.