State senate wants to spend $US50,000 on slaughter inquiry

March 21, 2009

North Dakota's Senate has voted to spend up to $US50,000 exploring the viability of a horse slaughterhouse in the state.

The proposal has yet to go before the state's House and one condition is that the funding must be matched by an outside source.

Any slaughter plant established as a result of the investigation will be levied at $5 a horse to repay the money.

Once repaid, the money would continue to be levied for equine programmes at state universities and other horse research.

Legislation is being being promoted at a federal level to ban the slaughter of horses in the United States, and bar the export of the animals for the same purpose.