When it comes to dinner, hold your horses, says a group of lawmakers, who want America to ban slaughtering of the animals for meat.
A bipartisan group in Congress has launched the effort after some recent incidents in Europe when small amounts of horsemeat was found in lasagna, Ikea meatballs and Taco Bell menu items.
Congress banned such practices in 2006, but the law expired in 2011. A New Mexico company plans to open a horse slaughterhouse soon, Wall Street Journal said.
The proposed measure would stop the slaughter of horses for food in the United States. It would also block the export of American horses for slaughter in Mexico and Canada, where about 170,000 horses were sent last year, the Wall Street Journal reports
"Horses sent to slaughter are often subject to appalling, brutal treatment," said one of the bill's sponsors, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill, to ABC News. "We must fight those practices. The [bill] will ensure that these majestic animals are treated with the respect they deserve."