Court Rules on Horse Slaughter in
Jan 20, 2007 05:07 PM CST
-- A federal appeals court in
The state is home to two of the nation's three processing plants.
The decision was issued late Friday by the Fifth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals.
It overturns a lower federal district court's ruling last year on a 1949 Texas law that banned horse slaughter for the purpose of selling the meat for food.
court had said the
But a panel of three judges on the Fifth Circuit disagreed -- they said the law stood on its own merits and is still enforceable.
involves two of the nation's three horse slaughtering plants -- the Dallas
Crown Inc. slaughter mill in
A third plant
Attempts to reach the two companies were unsuccessful.
Horse meat is
not marketed as table fare in the
slaughter plants process hundreds of horses each week and ship the meat
overseas, where horse flesh is considered a delicacy in Europe,
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