American horse meat is sold mostly for human consumption in Europe and Asia. Some goes to U.S. zoos.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rejected most of a Humane Society case, ruling the group is not entitled to sue over its allegation that Congress intended to ban horse slaughter.
In the 2006 agriculture spending bill, Congress eliminated funding for salaries of and expenses for horse meat inspectors. Inspections are required before horses can be killed.