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Rockville Residents Embrace Horse Slaughterhouse

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Could R.E.M. ever have conceived 25 years ago how perfectly this album jacket would illustrate the story of Rockville's horse slaughterhouse?
While animal-rights activists and are wringing their hands with the prospect of Unified Equine opening the nation's only horse-packaging plant in Missouri, residents of that town are delighted by the news.

The Kansas City Star visited Rockville this week and reports a near unified front, with residents loitering and praying out front of an old beef plant in the hopes that the horse slaughterhouse becomes a reality and offers them employment. The beef plant closed down more than a year ago, costing the southwestern Missouri town of 150 people some 70 jobs.

"The town is all for it," Mayor Dave Moore told the Kansas City daily. "I think it's great."

Rockville's embrace of the horse-packaging plant stands in sharp contrast to the response from residents of Mountain Grove, Missouri, where Unified Equine first planned to operate its slaughterhouse. Hundreds of residents packed city council meetings in that south-central Missouri town demanding that officials reject Unified Equine's proposal.

In 2007 Congress ended funding for federal inspections of horse-packaging plants that effectively killed the industry until this year when the funding was restored. Sue Wallis, the CEO of Unified Equine says Missouri is an ideal spot for a horse slaughterhouse because of its central location. Horse steaks would be shipped overseas for consumption, though Unified Equine has apparently identified a few immigrants from Tonga in Utah and Mongolians in the Washington D.C. area with an appetite for horse.

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Lori Oberndorfer
Lori Oberndorfer

BTW, Sue Wallis promised Mountian Grove residents that they would get jobs when that slaughterhouse opened up - but guess what, Chevedico the Belgium based company that was invested to open the plant up came in and said - we never told Sue Wallis the residents would be hired for the job ... then they went on to say that they will bring in their own employees, and then to top it all off and the truth to why it failed was - Chevedico never stated they would provide funding for the plant to be opened ... this is all written in legal papers. So what makes any of you think Rockville residents would have those jobs? Sue has been nothing but a pot of lies, lol and you all are looking for her to open a horse slaughter house.

Lori Oberndorfer
Lori Oberndorfer

hey Bcalamity1, im from missouri and still live here - i think Sue Wallis is stupid for trying to open this horse processing plant so close to the Lake of the Ozarks, Bennette Springs, Elephant Rock Park, Mark Twain National Forest, Deep Water, Branson, Eminence - all these places are our biggest tourist attractions and all are family oriented places ... no one is going to want to vacation here and watch horses be hauled in and out of this place, and she better be planning on installing the highest quality state of the art sanitary facilities for all the blood and gutts becuz if starts to leak into Deep Water wich is less than 2miles away - you will start seeing problems with poplution running through the entire Lake of the Ozarks as Deep Water runs off into the lake ... many counties surrounding Lake of the Ozarks are not thrilled with the idea of this horse processing plant and are fighting it too - wich btw Kelly Brings are not bleeding heart little girls, like me

Lori Oberndorfer
Lori Oberndorfer

Kelly i think you are a true idiot for blameing it all on horse owners instead of horse breeders ... the true problem to all of this is over breeding, and that is due to greed. If you feel the need to point fingures try doing it as an adult instead of a immature idiot. You think you got it right becuz your not an over emotional woman, lmao - show me proof that horse slaughter in other countries have solve the issues of horse over population and neglect - cuz in every single country that has horse slaughter, still have to many horses to deal with - and guess were it boils down to? Over breeding, and guess why we have a proplem with over breeding? Greed ...i dont have a problem with you pro's haveing your right to your opinions - but grow up and quit pointing the fingure at us so called bleeding heart little girls like me ... becuz we are not the problem, the greedy blood money breeders are the problem as they keep produceing more "unwanted" horses .... common since

Lori Oberndorfer
Lori Oberndorfer

and this town Rockville has already shown us that it will go to extreem links to intimidate anyone who stands in their way. What they dont realize is how bad that makes their entire community look, but in my opinion they can care less what anyone outside their town thinks.

Lori Oberndorfer
Lori Oberndorfer

afterall, us horse people are the ones buying the horses

Lori Oberndorfer
Lori Oberndorfer

oh coarse that is something an imature idiot would say - that cattle plant there was shut down due to many violations, so what makes you think when they open up a horse slaughter plant in the same facility - that there wont be many violations that come with it? But an uneducated person doesnt care about the violations, becuz its about greed and always has been. If you look at the facts with horse processing plant in other countries, it has not done anything to improve the over population problem, the neglect, the abuse or found a solution to the so called un wanted horses. All it would do is bring the market value of the horse up - or i should say, the horse breeders and ranchers would hope it does.... but in this economy, i dont see how that could be possible when people can barely afford to take care of their own horses - why on Earth would they go out and pay $1800 for one?

Lori Hackman
Lori Hackman

Hmmmm ... so you think I've created the down economy and the drug issue? I didn't realize I had that much power ...

Lori Hackman
Lori Hackman

Mellony, I appreciate you knowing the laws about shipping horses to slaughter. I do know them too and I agree with you -- the laws should be enforced! Sadly they are not. The slaughter industry is 'policing' itself which is why two mares gave birth on the slaughterhouse floor at Cavel within a month's time. And those are just the babies we heard about. It's well documented that the other things are happening too. I can provide that documentation done by the USDA if you have not already seen it?

Tom Gaile
Tom Gaile

How far is the nearest hospital? Long ride if a horse comes to and you get kicked. Don't think it won't happen. It's happened in the past.  Rep. Wallis is not looking to "give" you jobs. She's looking for people who will swallow her lies to take advantage of. She's been telling people it will help the poor horses who are starving, then she turns around and says they won't be slaughtering skinny, old, injured.... animals. She wants the best meat she can buy for the pennies she'll offer you for your horse. Horses are only going for 39 cents a pound in Mexico. Do you think she's going to offer you top dollar for yours? Do you honestly think the horses you keep will be safe from being stolen and slaughtered before you can even file a police report? If you don't think it will happen, think again. Rep. Wallis does have a registry (for a fee) where she will take your horse's info and possibly catch your horse before it is slaughtered but I seriously doubt she's going to GIVE you your horse back without you buying it from her. WAKE UP! 

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Linked elsewhere in comments to this story. Look for them.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Don't be foolish--you know that a horse plant is not the same as a beef plant. And frankly, even beef processing plants are no longer the good employers they once were. Nope, slightly above minimum wage, no benefits, extremely hard and even dangerous work--and always surrounded by the terror and the screams of the horses.  There are very few meat processing plants that aren't dependent on migrant labor nowadays. 

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

What investors? All we ever see is Sue Wallis. Sue Wallis, who talks a big game, but is probably going to demand that the town and the state fund the retrofit of this plant. And the Belgium company who benefits from the plant won't give a dime more than they need to, and fight any requirement every step of the way. So, eventually, the taxpayers are going to have to foot the bill for this place.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Well, you know this isn't true. But I also know you're desperate to undermine what I say because you're incapable of forming a coherent and persuasive argument. So go ahead--undermine your own credibility.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

In 2006, a truck hauling 42 horses overturned on I-44, killing 16 of the horses. The Humane Society of Missouri stepped in and saved the remaining horses. The truck was hauling horses to a plant in Illinois. You all pretend this is a humane option. This is not about humane treatment of horses, because the horses are going to suffer long trips and horrifying deaths whether they go to a plant in Missouri or a plant in Mexico. So let's drop the pretense that this is "for the horses".

Blueribbonone
Blueribbonone

Please OPPOSE removal of  Congressman James Moran’s Amendment to Prohibit Funding of USDA Inspections at Horse Slaughter Houses in the United States. Here is the message politicians need to recieve: Please support and Vote YES on the Bill IF it INCLUDES Congressman James Moran’s Amendment to Prohibit Funding of USDA Inspections at Horse Slaughter Houses in the United States. Here is why: Thousands do NOT want TAX Dollars wastefully spent for Funding of USDA Inspections at Horse Slaughter Houses. It is OUTRAGEOUS that Special Interests will receive Subsidies on Horse Slaughter Plant and income tax breaks. I do NOT want a further financial burden added to our currently compromised Food Budget of the USDA.. The devastation of towns and the burden on their local economy and  governments where Horse Slaughter Plants are located will significantly strain their economy (except for the small amount of businesses that employees working in the plant frequent). Surrounding ecosystems will be significantly compromised due to the resulting plant waste. Because of this real estate values will go down~no one wants that in their back yard. Also, horse slaughter in United States does not mean less abandoned horses. Stopping breeding horses *does*, but the location of where horses are slaughtered has no bearing whatsoever on less abandoned horses~it is just common sense. Well over 100,000 United States horses are slaughtered annually and have been for decades..

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