published Monday, April 16th, 2012

Opponents hope for demise of Tennessee horse slaughter bill

Opponents of a bill seeking to attract horse slaughter facilities to Tennessee hope the measure finally meets its demise in the General Assembly.

The Senate version of the bill was taken off notice last week, though the sponsor said he would revive the measure if the House approves the companion bill.

The lower chamber was scheduled to take up its version of the bill sponsored by Rep. Andy Holt on Monday evening.

The Dresden Republican had earlier delayed consideration of the measure following an attorney general's opinion that the measure could be unconstitutional because it would require hefty deposits for anyone seeking to mount a legal challenge.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville warned the measure could make the state "the horse slaughter capital of the world."

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