At the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo ranchers say they love their horses, but can’t keep them forever.
“The horses that are being turned lose, starving to death along the roads, that’s not humane treatment of horses,” said Howard Huxtable, a Ranch Rodeo participant.
The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee agrees a horse slaughter facility is needed, but says the $100,000 used to study the issue could instead be used to benefit schools. So on Tuesday, the bill was deferred until the end of the legislative session, essentially killing it.
Horse owners say lawmakers are dragging their feet and favor animal rights groups. Those groups argue that horses sent to slaughter are still in good condition.