A total of 12 state legislatures are considering measures to express their support of the reestablishment of U.S. horse-processing plants. TheHorse.com reports resolutions indicating opposition to HR 503, the federal Conyers-Burton Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, which would eliminate horse slaughter nationwide and prohibit the export of horses to slaughter, are either under consideration or have already passed in Arizona, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
In addition, bills amending state laws to promote private investor plant development are pending in Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Montana and Tennessee.
Meanwhile, at least two states are considering measures that could lead to construction of horse-processing facilities. In the North Dakota state legislature, a measure seeks to set aside $75,000 in agriculture fuel tax revenue for a study to see if North Dakota could feasibly — and legally — open a horse slaughterhouse. And in Montana, the state House approved legislation intended to encourage construction of a horse-slaughter plant.
A South Dakota bill intended to provide $10,000 for a feasibility study of a horse-processing plant was killed in the Senate this winter.