Lawmakers consider horse slaughter resolution

Lawmakers consider horse slaughter resolution

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah lawmakers are poised to pass a resolution that urges Congress not to pass a bill that would make it illegal to send horses to other countries for slaughter.

Congress has introduced the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008, which would make transporting horses out of the country illegal if the intent were to process them for humans to eat.

Rep. Bradley Winn, R-Ephraim, and Sen. Dennis Stowell, R-Parowan, have sponsored House Joint Resolution 7, which would urge Congress to oppose the bill, saying it is the state's right to make the decision.

The resolution passed the House 51-14 and passed a second reading in the Senate 21-7 on Wednesday. It needs one more reading in the Senate before being sent to Gov. Jon Huntsman.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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