N.J. Senate passes anti-horse slaughter bill

    The New Jersey Senate passed a bill Monday identical to the one the Assembly passed in May. Both forbid the slaughter of horses for the purpose of human consumption.

    A federal ban on the practice was lifted last fall, prompting N.J. legislators to create their own bills on the matter.

    Violators can be fined up to $100 and spend as many as 30 days in prison. That’s in addition to civil fees between $500 and $1,000 for each horse slaughtered or carcass sold for human consumption.

    It’s now up to Gov. Chris Christie to make it law.

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