Slaughter Language Slashed From Missouri Bill

Language that would have established regulations and fees for horse processing operations in Missouri was removed from an omnibus agriculture bill that was passed by that state's Senate on May 14.

SB 795 contained language derived from HB 1747. That bill established plant operation and meat inspection regulations for horse processing plants. It also required plant operators to pay registration and processing fees to underwrite meat inspection costs. The Missouri House of Representatives passed HB 1747 in March, but the bill was tabled in the Senate's Agricultural Food Product and Outdoor Resources Committee. Its language later was incorporated into SB 795.

SB 795 was referred to the joint House and Senate Conference Committee on May 11, just days after some horse slaughter opponents posted messages on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter urging the bill's defeat.

Conference Committee members stripped the bill of the slaughter language before sending it on for a full Senate vote.

Despite his bill's demise, HB 1747 sponsor Rep. Jim Viebrock said horse processing legislation may be introduced during Missouri's next legislative session.

"I've already had another legislator ask me for the file," he said.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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