May 24, 2007

The horse slaughter industry in Texas has taken two body blows which seems likely to keep the two plants closed - at least for the time being.

A Senate Bill that slaughter opponents believed could have been used to reopen the plant effectively lapsed at midnight on Sunday, with no action taken.

Then, just days later, the US Supreme Court decided against hearing a challenge by the two Texas plants seeking the right to reopen.

The plants were forced to shut their doors after a recent court ruling upheld a 1949 state ban on slaughter.

Slaughter opponents believe the industry will not be closed for good in the US until a federal law is passed not only banning slaughter for human consumption, but forbidding the shipment of horses north and south of its borders to meet a similar fate.