Ever since a state law in Illinois forced the closing of Cavel International in Dekalb, Ill., horse owners have had no place to send their horses for slaughter. But, a new state law in Montana appears to be changing that situation. Legislation to allow investor-owned horse slaughterhouses in Montana became law last week when Governor Brian Schweitzer neither signed nor vetoed the action. The law limits opportunities for legal action against such investors.
Montana may be only the first state to permit horse slaughtering plants to operate. Lawmakers in a number of states, including Georgia, Kentucky, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Washington and Tennessee, are considering introducing legislation in support of the horse industry. Other bills are pending in Congress.