Indiana Slaughter Transport

Legislation affecting horses intended for slaughter is not only a hot topic in federal legislation (see information on the proposed bill to ban slaughter at, but also under consideration by state governments like Indiana. Senator Tom Wyss (R) recently introduced Senate Bill 86, intended to outlaw transportation of horses on double-deck (“possum-belly”) trailers in Indiana. Wyss and supporters hold that national slaughter transport regulations will not sufficiently address the issue.

The Senate passed SB 86 on Feb. 5, but on Feb. 25, the House of Representatives passed SB 86 with amendments that allow use of the trailers with a minimum ceiling height on each level. Wyss made a motion that the Senate not concur with House amendments, and representatives from the Senate and House have been appointed to confer on the subject.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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