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Cheri White Owl, founder of Horse Feathers Equine Rescue, is pictured Tuesday with one of the 33 horses she is caring for, in Guthrie, Okla. Slaughterhouses could be ready to kill horses within a month if the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides funding for meat inspectors, days after Congress quietly opened the door to the practice by lifting a 5-year-old ban on spending federal money on such inspections.

Horse slaughter soon an option

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TULSA, Okla. -- Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month.

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