Kentucky takes steps to ban horse slaughter

January 8, 2007

The horse-friendly state of Kentucky is considering a bill that will ban horse slaughter.

However, it is unlikely to have much impact if passed, as the three horse-slaughter plants operating in the United States are in Texas and Illinois.

Once a horse crosses the state line, Kentucky would be powerless to stop it going to slaughter.

The bill has been introduced by Senator Tom Buford.

Buford's bill might have some impact on those trading in horses for slaugher, however. It would create a registry of those who knowingly transport or sell horses bound for the human consumption.