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    03-24-2010, 03:04 PM
Ok, so this makes sense then. So, after reading the other thread about "banning slaughter worldwide," I think i've found my topic for my informative speech.
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    03-24-2010, 03:28 PM
Thats great news !

BTW-does anyone know what year all of the plants shut down ?.
    03-24-2010, 03:32 PM
Lacy, they didn't all shut at once. Some held out for several years.

I don't know for sure, but Caval in Illinois may have been the last to close. If it wasn't, it was at least one of the last. 2007, maybe?

I'm sure that information can be found, if someone wanted to do a little research.

Just found this article. Apparently, Montana already has a law in place allowing equine slaughter plants to open. The article is from 2009:

Montana OKs equine slaughter plants
Jun 3, 2009
By: James M. Lewis

National Report -- Montana now allows horse-processing plants to be built within its borders, and a handful of other states soon may do likewise in response to increasing numbers of unwanted and neglected horses in the declining economy.

The trend is happening even as the U.S. Congress continues to debate legislation that would prevent the sale, transport and slaughter of horses for human consumption.

The law permitting investor-owned equine processing facilities in Montana went into effect May 4 without the signature of Gov. Brian Schweitzer, whose efforts to have parts of the bill amended were rebuffed in the Legislature. Bills passed and not vetoed within 10 days automatically become law in Montana.

The governor offered amendments that would have removed two provisions from the bill - one that prevents state courts from issuing injunctions to stop or delay construction of a processing facility based on permit appeals or challenges, and another that requires objectors to submit a surety bond to the court.

Those provisions are aimed at the type of legal challenges that forced the 2007 closures of the nation's last horse-slaughter facilities, in Illinois and Texas.

Meanwhile, a North Dakota measure authorizing $75,000 for a study to determine whether a horse-processing facility would be economically viable in that state goes into effect in July.

South Dakota is debating a similar feasibility study.

In contrast, an Illinois legislator's attempt to have that state's ban on horse slaughter overturned failed to win enough votes in the state House.

In Tennessee, legislation that would allow private development of processing facilities and limit legal challenges was approved by the House Agriculture Committee and sent to the Senate Commerce Committee, but the panel adjourned before considering it. Its sponsor, Rep. Frank Niceley, says it will be taken up again in January 2010.

The federal legislation to ban horse sales, transport and slaughter for human consumption (H.B. 503 and S. 311) remains in committee, but several state legislatures have passed resolutions urging rejection of the legislation or instructing their delegations to vote against it.

Such resolutions recently passed in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, but failed in Georgia, Idaho and Minnesota. Resolutions are still under consideration in Tennessee and Arizona.

While the federal legislation and the states moving to allow slaughter facilities seem to be at odds, the sticking point could be the phrase "for human consumption." The federal legislation doesn't address horse slaughter for other purposes, so the question for states considering new plants might be whether they can make money processing animals for purposes other than human consumption.
    03-24-2010, 06:33 PM
Green Broke
Can't wait til the open a SH in Missouri, there are so many poor starving neglected animals that need it and the jobs wouldn't hurt either.

Like Kevin said, 1 down 49 to go!

One more thing, I am glad they closed them and now are reopening them, now they know what kind of crisis will develop if they listen to PETA and all the bleeding hearts! Hopefully it wont happen again and the horse market picks up. Though I must say, I will miss being able to pick up a nice ranch broke horse for $50(just kidding, can't wait till there is actually a reason to buy a horse and it is more difficult to get your hands on one, will help so many horses!)...lol
    03-25-2010, 08:43 AM
Honeysuga, you are obviously confused - grin - people who make large decisions using only emotions will never see the logical side. We can hope but it is highly unlikely.
    03-25-2010, 09:18 AM
Closing the slaughter plants was like Prohibition. For some reason the government decided to listen to a minority of the population and not the majority. We all know how that turned out!
    03-25-2010, 03:57 PM
I think government has a problem with that in general. Since they're all so touchy-feely we should make them go to some sort of support group for it.
    03-25-2010, 04:17 PM
Green Broke
LMBO!! "Government Wieners Controlled by Campaign Money and Emotions Anonymous"!!!!
    03-25-2010, 04:23 PM
    04-25-2010, 11:36 PM
Does anyone know if they really opened back up? I was told by a friend that the south Dakota bill was denied...

Thanks for any info

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