Legislation introduced to the Colorado Senate would make “equine slaughter” a new crime.
The buyer of a horse would be guilty of the crime if he or she “knows or reasonably should know” that a horse could be killed for human consumption. Violators would face up to $10,00 in fines if found guilty.
The bill mandates notices be placed at livestock auctions and requires that the import and export of horses bound for slaughter be blocked.
If passed, Colorado would join California, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas in banning the sale of horses for human consumption.
Read more at the Denver Post.
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