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Sponsor: Horse slaughter bill not likely to pass

By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The sponsor of a bill seeking to attract horse slaughter facilities said the bill likely will not pass this year.

Rep. Andy Holt said that chances were not good for the bill to pass, but he remained committed to bringing the industry to Tennessee.

The Senate version of the bill was taken off notice last week and Holt took it off the schedule for the House floor on Monday. He said an amendment that would require hefty deposits for anyone to mount a legal challenge to the facilities was removed from the bill, but he was also working on adding animal treatment guidelines.

Holt, a Dresden Republican, has said his bill would create a humane way to cope with unwanted horses that are sometimes left to starve.

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