North Dakota Bill To Study Impact of Equine Slaughter Facility
by: Kimberly S. Brown, Editor
January 24 2009
North Dakota legislators are advancing a plan that would allow the nation's only equine slaughter facility to be built in that state, according to an article on inforum.com.
According to the article, Rep. Rod Froelich, D-Selfridge, and Sen. Joe Miller, R-Park River, sponsored House Bill 1496, which would direct the state's commerce department to conduct a $100,000 study to see if a privately owned horse slaughterhouse would be viable in that state.
Since 2006 horse slaughter has not been legal throughout the United States due to a removal of federal meat inspectors from slaughter facilities. There is national legislation being considered that would permanently ban equine slaughter in the United States.
Comments from locals in the article were in support of the bill due to the increased number of unwanted horses in the area and the United States. Read More
Rural America has been witnessing the devastation caused by the closing of the three horse processing facilities in the United States. This idea was tossed around in the South Dakota Legislature last year and received an enormous amount of attention from out-of state interests. Harvesting horses is necessary in this country, not only to have an outlet for unwanted animals, but also as a means to feed people in the world.