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Kelly Carlson ponders the fate of horse meat and wants Al Franken's help

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Now that "Nip/Tuck" and her character -- ex porn star Kimber -- are finished, Kelly Carlson must have a little more time on her hands. What's she doing with it? Trying to work her charms on Sen. Al Franken about horse meat, evidently.

According to Strib gossip columnist C.J., Carlson says Franken's holding up H.R. 503/S. 727, a Humane Society-backed effort to prevent what the bill calls the inhumane transport of American horses to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada and the roundups of wild horses by U.S. government authorities.

Carlson is a Minneapolis native and a life-long equestrian.

Carlson told me that the abuse level experienced by horses on their way to slaughter is "really bad -- not something you ever want to see." She recalled Franken saying Minnesota farmers are going to disagree with this bill. Carlson was stunned. "I was like, 'Wait a minute, is he from Minnesota?' This has nothing to do with farmers," she said.

"First of all, Minnesotans are dignified people. None of them would be pro-horse abuse and slaughter. They are not those kinds of people. I guess I said that to his staffer. I know so many farmers and horse people in Minnesota, and they are just not people without a conscience."

Franken's flakster, Jess McIntosh, called us to point out that the senator has placed no holds on the legislation, and is not holding it up in any way.