Horse slaughter bill stalls in US

September 24, 2006

A bill aimed at ending the slaughter of horses in the United States for human consumption has stalled, probably until next year.

The Senate will be breaking up earlier this session for elections and is unlikely to get on to the matter until next year.

The proposed law was passed by Congress on September 7. It will not become law until passed by the Senate and then signed off by the President.

It can only pass if both Houses pass identical versions. If the Senate makes changes, it is referred back to Congress for a further vote.