St. Louis Public Radio News
10:38 am
Tue March 30, 2010

Missouri House gives horse slaughter legislation first-round approval

St. Louis – The Missouri House has endorsed legislation that would allow the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

The legislation is intended to get around a federal ban on meat inspectors working in horse slaughtering plants.

The bill passed on a voice vote yesterday and needs another vote before moving
to the Senate.

The horse meat bill also includes a provision aimed at blocking initiative petitions to restrict agriculture.

In 2007 lawmakers in Illinois banned the slaughter of horses. That forced the nation's last horse slaughterhouse to shut down.