Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is urging the Senate to pass a bill that would reinstate funding for USDA inspection of horsemeat processing plants. Baucus says the move would quell the rise in horse abandonment and neglect due to economic stresses on owners as well as provide jobs. The 2012 Senate agriculture appropriations bill lacks any specific language regarding horse processing, creating the possibility for funding of horse slaughter inspection.

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