It’s an issue that finds itself at the center of heated political debate — should horses be slaughtered for their meat right here in Montana?

NewsChannel 5’s Ashlie Rodriguez has been investigating the possibility of starting up horse slaughter plants in Big Sky Country, taking a closer look at some of the pros and cons of slaughtering horses.

There are ranchers and breeders across the country who right now are exporting their old, unwanted horses to countries where horse slaughter plants are authorized, such as Canada and Mexico.

While they say horses are being abandoned and neglected because people don’t have the money to properly euthanize them, there may be an ulterior motive.