Yesterday, State Rep. Frank Niceley presented HB1428 to the House Agriculture Committee. If passed, the bill would allow horse-meat processing plants (from which the meat will be shipped overseas or used in animal food) to begin operating in Tennessee. Now, I have no problem with that. It seems reasonable in this economic environment to encourage new job growth and business, as long as it's well-regulated. And the slaughterhouse seems a humane alternative to slow starvation or sickness from neglect. However, here's an odd little addition to it:
The measure also declares that anyone who files a lawsuit against establishing a horse processing plant in the state must post a bond with the court equal to 20 percent of the cost of building the plant. If the bond is not filed, the bill calls for automatic dismissal of the lawsuit. If the lawsuit proceeds and the plaintiff loses, the bond is forfeited.
Niceley said the provision is modeled after a Montana law and is intended to show that the state is "a friendly environment for horse processing" by easing fears that "some fringe radical animal-rights group" will try to stop the building of a facility.
Take that, you disgusting PETA freaks! We're going to make it too expensive for you to sue the horsey-slaughterhouses!
Okay, but what about neighbors concerned about the smell?