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Baucus praises bill to end horse slaughter ban

HELENA, Mont. (AP)--U.S. Sen. Max Baucus says Congress is moving closer to ending the ban on horse slaughter plants.

Baucus is pushing a bill that would allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to again start inspecting horse slaughter plants. The ban on inspections dates back to 2006 and effectively resulted in a ban on domestic horse slaughter.

Baucus says the Senate Appropriations Committee is moving forward with a bill to undo the ban.

The Senator says that a Government Accountability Office study found that the horse slaughter ban has resulted in a shift of the market to Canada and Mexico. It also has resulted in lower horse prices and strained local animal welfare agencies now dealing with more cases of horse abandonment.

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