|June 3, 2003
|San Antonio Express-News
|Horse proposal blocked
The only two horse slaughter plants in the United States, both in Texas, should be closed
Mercifully, a bill that would have made it legal to slaughter horses in Texas for human consumption died in the closing days of this session of the Texas Legislature. The House passed the bill several weeks ago, but with the help of Sen. Frank Madla, D-San Antonio, it was killed Saturday in a conference committee. Texas has the only two horse slaughter plants in the United States. The plants are operated by Beltex USA north of Fort Worth and Dallas Crown in Kaufman.
A 1949 Texas law makes it a criminal offense to sell, possess or
transfer horse meat for human consumption.