N.J. bill would ban the slaughter and sale of horses for human consumption

    A New Jersey bill would fine people caught knowingly slaughtering or selling horses for the purpose of human consumption.

    The Assembly has approved legislation following a federal ban lifted last fall that reverses an earlier decision by Congress to withdraw funding to inspect plants that butcher horses.

    According to the News of Cumberland County, anyone caught slaughtering, selling or buying a horse for human consumption could be charged with a disorderly persons offense. The penalty is $100 and 30 days in jail, but violators also face fines of $500 to $1,000 for each horse.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.