Section 2. Judicial review of equine slaughter or processing facilities -- surety bond -- attorney fees -- venue. (1) (a) If an action is filed in district court to challenge the issuance of a license, permit, certificate, or other approval for an equine slaughter or processing facility pursuant to Title 75 or Title 81, chapter 9, the court shall require a surety bond of the person filing the action. The bond must be set at an amount representing 20% of the estimated cost of building the facility or the operational costs of an existing facility.That's right, so anyone that that challenges the building of such a facility will have to have a bond at 20% of the value of said facility.
(b) The bonding requirements of this subsection (1) do not apply to an indigent person.
(2) If the bond required under subsection (1) is not paid within 30 days of the filing of the action, the action must be dismissed.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Montana Passes Horse Slaughterhouse Protection Measure
Montana has passed a law making it difficult to challenge the building of a horse slaughtering facility in that state. The last such facility in the US closed in 2007. This bill specifically makes for groups that might oppose it to use the court system to do so. From the bill, which you can read here: