Montana governor vetoes pro-slaughter bill

April 6, 2009

Montana's governor has vetoed part of a bill that would pave the way for a horse slaughter plant in the state.

Governor Brian Schweitzer voiced concerns about the bill limiting citizens' appeal rights in respect of environmental protection.

The bills aims to limits the kinds of legal challenges that ultimately closed the last three horse slaughter plants in the United States. The governor's decision on Friday means the bill will go back to Montana's legislature.

Schweitzer said he supported the idea of a horse-slaughter facility in Montana, but said the bill in its current form had "unintended consequences" that would have limited the public's appeal rights.