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Prohibition on exotic meat won't affect Grassley vote on Farm Bill

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley points to a person as he takes questions during a town hall at the Fayette County Courthouse in West Union on Tuesday, Jul. 3, 2018. The Fayette County meeting was part of Sen. Grassley's annual 99 county tour of the state. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley points to a person as he takes questions during a town hall at the Fayette County Courthouse in West Union on Tuesday, Jul. 3, 2018. The Fayette County meeting was part of Sen. Grassley's annual 99 county tour of the state. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — He’s not planning to go vegan, but Sen. Chuck Grassley has limits on what meat he’ll eat.

“I don’t want horse meat. I don’t want dog meat. I don’t want to eat cats,” Grassley said about prohibitions on the slaughter and sale of cat and dog meat for human consumption in the House and Senate versions of the 2019 Farm Bill. “If someone wants to eat them, let them eat them, but I ain’t going to eat them.”

Grassley said he’s never taken a position on cat and dog meat, but in the past he has supported the slaughter and sale of horse meat because there is a market for it in France and other countries.

Grassley also made clear that whether the conference committee working out differences in the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill keeps the prohibitions on the slaughter and sale of horse, dog and cat meat will not affect his vote.

“Whatever it takes to get a five-year farm bill, regardless of these little amendments, I’m going to vote for it,” he told reporters during his weekly conference call Wednesday. “I’ll be voting to get a Farm Bill passed.

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