BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- An official with the North Dakota Department of Commerce says it's unlikely that the state will open a horse slaughterhouse after Congress recently lifted a ban on funding horse meat inspections.

Pro-slaughter activists have said they are looking to open a plant soon -- possibly in North Dakota.

But John Mittleider with the state commerce department tells the Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/rJ6e4V ) that a study completed last year showed it would not be feasible for North Dakota to operate a horse slaughterhouse.

He says the two-phase study found there were a number of barriers, including legal issues, to building such a facility in the state.

Mittleider says an individual or group could still look into building one.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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