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State Capitol Bureau, Published February 18 2009

ND House OKs study of horse slaughter plant

BISMARCK - The North Dakota House this afternoon passed a bill authorizing a state study of a horse slaughter plant in the state. House Bill 1496 passed on an 89-5 tally.

Supporters told of the thousands of unwanted, old, abandoned, unmanageable or injured horses for which there is no readily available humane disposal because other slaughter plants in the U.S. have closed.

The funds for the study would come from the state Agricultural Products Utilization Commission.