CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Negotiations have begun on a plan to slaughter horses, with stockyards in Cheyenne being used as a holding bin before they're shipped off for slaughter.

Rancher and horse slaughter supporter Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, says the nonprofit United Organizations of the Horse is in talks with the Wyoming Livestock Board. The plan calls for using the stockyards as an intake facility to hold abandoned or unwanted horses awaiting slaughter.

Wallis says the horses may be shipped elsewhere for slaughter, possibly using mobile slaughter technology similar to one used in South Dakota to slaughter buffalo.

Wallis says the meat would be primarily marketed for zoo feed and pets.

A federal court ruling in 2007 closed the nation's last horse-processing plant.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle - Cheyenne, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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