Some State legislators working to enact laws to allow horse slaughter plants to operate legally and export horse meat have included language in their bills barring litigation against it unless those bringing suit paid a substantial bond. Pro horse slaughter politicians in Tennessee are trying to do that right now. However, the Tennessee State Attorney General has something to say about that.
Chas Sisk filed a report for the Tennessean newspaper which states:
A bill that would require plaintiffs trying to halt horse slaughter facilities to post large bonds up front probably violates the state constitution, the attorney general says.
House Bill 3619, which requires people who sue horse slaughters to post a bond equal to 20 percent of the estimated cost of building a horse slaughterhouse, is constitutionally suspect under Tennessee’s Open Courts Clause, Attorney General Robert Cooper says in an opinion released Thursday.
Article 1, section 17 of Tennessee’s constitution says, “That all courts shall be open; and every man, for an injury done him in his lands, goods, person or reputation, shall have remedy by due course of law, and right and justice administered without sale, denial or delay.”
Read Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper’s Opinion (pdf, 5 pp) >>