Utah's ranches and range are riddled with too many worthless horses, some lawmakers contend. And that has them wondering if slaughterhouses would help solve the problem.
Members of the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Interim Committee on Wednesday requested research about the extent of the horse problem and the role slaughterhouses could play.
Rep. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi, raised the issue in light of the growing number of starving horses, high hay prices and lack of financially viable options for strapped horse owners who might be forced to pay up to $600 apiece to put a horse down and have it buried. He said his primary goal is to "restore the market."