Montana horse slaughterhouse bill moves forward

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana House of Representatives has strongly endorsed a bill that paves the way for construction of a horse slaughterhouse in Montana and aims to bring the industry back to the United States.

Backers say ranchers and those who own horses have been struggling ever since all the slaughterhouses in the country were closed down. They say it is far more difficult now to dispose of old, sick or injured animals.

The sponsor of the bill is Ed Butcher, a horse owner from the central Montana farm community of Winifred. He says the slaughterhouse is a humane way to address the growing problem.

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