The U.S. Senate has adopted an amendment barring non-ambulatory cattle, sheep, swine or other livestock from human consumption. The Amendment, sponsored by Senator Akaka (D-HI), amends H.R. 2744, the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill, which funds Agriculture, Rural Development, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and related agencies for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2006.

There is no such provision in the House Agriculture Appropriations bill. That means the differences between the House and Senate bills will be reconciled in conference. American Meat Institute officials say they will be working to educate House and Senate conferees "to achieve a desirable result to this issue."

The current amendment notes “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to approve for human consumption under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) any cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses, mules, or other equines that are unable to stand or walk unassisted at a slaughtering, packing, meat-canning, rendering, or similar establishment subject to inspection at the point of examination and inspection under section 3(a) of that Act (21 U.S.C. 603(a)).”

American Meat Institute