Obama breaks promise on horse slaughter law
During the 2008 presidential campaign, animal anti-cruelty activists sought then Sen. Barack Obama's support for "a permanent ban on horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption."
They were delighted to get an unequivocal "Yes" from the non-pet owner.
But that was then. This is now. Last month slipped into the Agriculture Department spending bill in the Republican House was a continuation of the inspection defunding. The Democratic Senate version wanted the horsemeat industry kick-started again.
In the conference committee, the Senate version won by a nose. And Obama quietly signed the death warrant legislation on Nov. 18. He was abroad again at the time. So the White House used a robot pen. . . .