Tennessee explores horse slaughter options

April 30, 2009

Tennessee is looking at its options for horse slaughter, including a controversial rider criticised in Montana for infringing citizens' rights to mount legal challenges.

The state's House Agriculture Committee looked at a bill sponsored by Representative Frank Niceley.

The bill, amended by the committee, seeks the state Department of Agriculture to explore rules and regulations for the licensing and inspection of horse processing plants.

The bill currently includes a requirement that anyone mounting a legal challenge against establishing a horse processing plant must post a bond equal to 20 per cent of the cost of building the plant.

The challenger risks losing the bond if the challenge fails.

Montana's Governor Brian Schweitzer voiced concern over a similar clause passed by that state's legislators and its potential to impinge on citizen's rights. He sent the bills back but both legislatures have returned them unchanged.