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Nebraska: Bill would allow horse slaughter

Thursday, Feb. 10, it was reported that Nebraska State Sen. Tyson Larson has introduced legislation (LB305) setting up the state’s own meat and poultry inspection program. The measure would implement a “cooperative state inspection program” under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Inspection Act on or before Jan. 1, 2013. Following a hearing on the bill, the Associated Press reported that its passage would pave the way for horse slaughter in the state.

Several people spoke in favor of the bill, including horse owners, meat processing operators and agriculture groups like the Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation and Nebraska Farmers Union. The bill’s proponents said without slaughterhouses, old and marginalized horses are often neglected or abandoned. Opponents claimed that slaughtering horses is inhumane.

The last of three U.S. horse slaughter plants closed in 2007. Horses going to slaughter now must be exported to Canada or Mexico.

Thursday, Feb. 10, it was reported that Nebraska State Sen. Tyson Larson has introduced legislation (LB305) setting up the state’s own meat and poultry inspection program. The measure would implement a “cooperative state inspection program” under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Inspection Act on or before Jan. 1, 2013. Following a hearing on the bill, the Associated Press reported that its passage would pave the way for horse slaughter in the state.

Several people spoke in favor of the bill, including horse owners, meat processing operators and agriculture groups like the Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation and Nebraska Farmers Union. The bill’s proponents said without slaughterhouses, old and marginalized horses are often neglected or abandoned. Opponents claimed that slaughtering horses is inhumane.

The last of three U.S. horse slaughter plants closed in 2007. Horses going to slaughter now must be exported to Canada or Mexico.

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Thursday, Feb. 10, it was reported that Nebraska State Sen. Tyson Larson has introduced legislation (LB305) setting up the state’s own meat and poultry inspection program. The measure would implement a “cooperative state inspection program” under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Inspection Act on or before Jan. 1, 2013. Following a hearing on the bill, the Associated Press reported that its passage would pave the way for horse slaughter in the state.

Several people spoke in favor of the bill, including horse owners, meat processing operators and agriculture groups like the Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation and Nebraska Farmers Union. The bill’s proponents said without slaughterhouses, old and marginalized horses are often neglected or abandoned. Opponents claimed that slaughtering horses is inhumane.

The last of three U.S. horse slaughter plants closed in 2007. Horses going to slaughter now must be exported to Canada or Mexico.

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