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Horse Slaughter In Missouri? ASPCA Slams Cruel Practice, Says Meat Is Dangerous

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Missouri is the No. 1 state in the country for terrible puppy mills -- and very soon could also be home to a horse-slaughter facility.

That's right, the horse-slaughter industry is apparently looking to do business here in Missouri, and animal-rights groups fear that federal inspectors may soon give the necessary approvals.

"It is in every sense of the word cruel," Nancy Perry, senior vice president of government relations for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, tells Daily RFT. "There's really no way to make horse slaughter humane."

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In addition to the basic animal cruelty, Perry says, equine slaughter is wildly unpopular across the country, has a history of causing environmental and economic harms to surrounding communities and unnecessarily drains limited government food-inspection resources.

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And horse meat, she argues, is unsafe for human consumption.

The ASPCA is raising awareness about a business called Rain Natural Meats based in Gallatin, which has formally applied with the United States Department of Agriculture for approval of horse slaughter. That application for an inspection references "raw ground" and "raw not ground" meat from equine slaughter. (Daily RFT was unable to reach anyone at the company through a number listed online.)

The USDA gave approval for a grant of inspection last week, the ASPCA notes, and could soon give the green light for the actual horse processing.

An official with the USDA confirms to Daily RFT that the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is currently reviewing the application for Rains Natural Meats and says a grant will not be issued until the establishment meets all the requirements of the Federal Meat Inspection Act.

Federal authorities cleared the way last week for domestic horse slaughter in New Mexico, and Department of Agriculture officials reportedly indicated that they would grant similar permits to Iowa and Missouri companies.

There are many reasons to oppose horse slaughter, Perry says.

"It's not in high demand anywhere," she says, explaining that horses are transported very long distances under terrible conditions to processing facilities where they will face a cruel death.

"They are crammed into these trucks...and are moved in ways that often lead to extreme injuries," she says. "That's just considered the cost of doing business."

She says that some can lose limbs and others may die in the process.

"There's really no way to eliminate these cruelties," she says.

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Once the horses are taken to be killed they are very resistant, and the method of stunning them can be challenging and violent. "It's very, very difficult to do.... Horses are hit multiple times," Perry says.

In a state like Missouri, she also points out, there are alternatives for horses -- sanctuaries and groups that can rescue them.

Continue for more from the ASPCA and for information from the USDA on horse slaughter.



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fiatallis16b
fiatallis16b

AS Fire fighters die we cut funding to them and then fund horse slaughter.


The U.S. Forest Service's $2 billion-a-year firefighting budget - the government's biggest - has been cut by 5 percent. Agency officials say that has meant 500 fewer firefighters and 50 fewer fire engines than last year. Just think of the 19 fire fighters that died, maybe if they had the funding that would be used to slaughter horses they would be alive today.

fitnfabulous
fitnfabulous

It just amazes me how nonchalant and matter-of-factly people can be concerning the life of another. Slaughtering horses is beyond a doubt one of the worst, cruel, and horrendous deaths they can have. They suffer terribly from the time they are sold, through the transportation process, and the slaughtering process itself. It has been mentioned that all of these things will just magically disappear and be solved once horse slaughter is re-instated and practiced here. You've got to be kidding me, right? These horse slaughter plants, with foreign owners/investors, will operate in the exact same way as those previously did in the U.S. before they were closed down. All of the salvation being preached by pro-slaughter advocates about slaughtering horses as a necessary evil and humane euthanasia is a load of propaganda and deception. If anyone thinks that slaughter is humane you should definitely re-evaluate your thinking. Horses, because of unique behavioral and physical attributes, are next to impossible to stun properly. They are often hit repeatedly with the stun gun/real ammo, in an attempt to stun them, and even then,  many are still butchered alive. That is absolutely unacceptable to me and should be to anyone who has any feelings at all or sense of ethics and morals.

Horses are not raised for food in this country as eating horsemeat is not a part of our culture. Horses are an intricate and invaluable part of our history and hold that respect and status today as reflected in the strong support for horses by Americans opposing their slaughter. Horses are indeed our companions in farming and ranching, sport and recreation, mounted patrols, therapy and rehabilitation services, to name some. People often argue that horses are no different that cows, pigs, sheep, etc. Well, when considering the relentless slaughtering of animals by the human race, I agree. But, when considering all that horses have done for and mean to so many of us, the difference is crystal clear! 

Horses are classified by the FDA as "companion" animals like dogs and cats are. Therefore, horses are allowed to be given drugs during routine healthcare practices that are considered "banned for use in animals intended for human consumption." There are 20 some to more than 100 common drugs horses often receive. U.S. horsemeat is "tainted" and unsafe for consumption and was banned for use in pet food in the early '70's for these very reasons as pets were falling ill and dying. The EU (European Union), Russia, as well as other countries that were the main market for U.S. horsemeat have also since banned it. But, our USDA in relation to a small group of profiteers feel that that fact should be ignored? Really!?!

The groups that support reinstating horse slaughter will financially benefit from it. It is not about the welfare of the horses or solving any of the problems we have today with irresponsible horse ownership and over-breeding practices. It is purely and simply about money. The AQHA is one of the top promoters of horse slaughter because one of the biggest money makers for that organization involves over-breeding incentive programs where the financial rewards from such are in all the registration fees. Then, the excess horses from these abusive breeding programs can be easily dumped into the slaughter pipeline, which almost solely exists for such, and the cycle of abuse and misuse can continue. It's a completely perfect plan for these organizations, certainly not for the victims from such, the horses. Appalling, really, to think that an organization that was built upon the protection, promotion, and preservation of a beautiful breed of horse can so blatantly turn around and betray the same. Unthinkable!

Horse slaughter needs to be banned. We need to close the door on the irresponsible and force them to change their thinking and behavior. Horse slaughter creates the problems it claims to solve! There are lots of better and more appropriate solutions to managing our horse population in the U.S. For more information and what to expect should horse slaughter be reinstated in the U.S., please access: www.kaufmanzoning.net    

elizabethjdana
elizabethjdana

Horse slaughter is barbaric and unnecessary. Due to overbreeding , high unemployment and hay prices from a 3 year drought, 1 percent of horses are unknowingly sold at auctions to slaughter - this translates into 100,000 exported through Canada and Mexico to be slaughter. There are several options for the 100,000 BUT NOT ONE WILL MAKE MONEY OFF THEM:

Option 1 - If the horse is unhealthy and sick call the local vet to euthanize and a rendering truck or backhoe - Horse is peacefully put down where he lived.

Option#2-call the local ASPCA  and ask for  horse rescues in the state - Turn in animal.

Option #3 - Call local Veterans groups to see where the local Wounded Warrior Therapy Riders are

Option #4 - Call mounted police and ask for any one who accepts horse donations (Upstate NY police use Belgium Drafts that are saved from slaughter)

Option# 5-  Call local Veterinaries for people who are looking for a horse and private rescues

Option #6- Call Veterinarian College - they will sometimes offer low cost euthanasia and take body for teaching

Option #7 - Post on Craig's list for modest amount and sell with No-Slaughter contract

Option "8 - Post on Facebook among your friends that you can no longer care or afford your horse- and search for rescues that offer help with hay banks

Option #9  - Call former Owner - sometimes they want the horse back

Option #10 - either euthanize and make payments to vet or donate to 4-H or FFA groups

There are many more options but a slaughter house will do more than just torture and kill the horse. It will put money in a dark unethical business to sell horsemeat as a cover for drug money laundry, dump horses needing to be put down in the desert to die by kill buyers - stage horses by roads so people will call and complain.  Kill Buyers dump over 6000 horses too sick to slaughter in the desert EVERY YEAR that are REJECTED by MEXICO!!!  Last year 37 companies from Aldi to Burger King destroyed billions of pounds of prepared meat in Europe from the Horse Meat Scandal that was illegally sold as and put into  beef in 26 countries. 30 horses burned alive on May 8, 2013 on Route 81 North being transported to Ottawa for slaughter from New Holland PA - Over 250 Chemicals outlawed for humans are given to horses and contaminate their meat - These chemicals have been shown to cause cancer of the bone in children - Ireland unknowingly was serving horsemeat in school lunch program and pediatricians saw a link to cancers.   For so many reasons horse slaughter is wrong   not to even mention what it will do to the town, the environment (12 thousand gal of horse blood a day ) feces, noise and crime rates up with property values going down. AND WHAT IS THIS FOR - Special Foreign Interests!!!!  Maybe local boys but selling to foreign markets so they don't have to poop in THEIR yards!!!!!   American becomes China's dumping ground! www.kaufmanzoning.net

Keith Oliver
Keith Oliver

Better question is what do we do with them when they lose their usefulness? Should we just stop raising and breeding them? Let them run wild on the interstates in the West? Just wondering. Indians ate their horse by the way.

Glenn Taylor
Glenn Taylor

Missourians live in such a progressive state. Concealed firearms and a horse meat facility. They're new slogan should be " Missouri Proud."

Douglas Dial
Douglas Dial

I have no problem with horse meat. I love Taco Bell!

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

Whats the difference between a horse and a cow besides the fact that we see horses as pets?

Denise Jones
Denise Jones

yuck, why are they being slaughtered anyway

Brittney Jasper
Brittney Jasper

I would eat horse if I was about to starve to death. Maybe. They are beautiful and majestic creatures, I can't imagine killing them for food we don't need.

Alexis Wilson-Kirk
Alexis Wilson-Kirk

I tasted grilled horse steak when I was visiting friends in Switzerland. From what I understand, in Switzerland, if the menu doesn't specifically say beef or lamb, it's likely horse so I may have had it more times then I realize (cuz I don't read or speak Swiss German very well). It wasn't bad...kinda reminded me of venison or kangaroo. I agree with the others, as long as it's raised for human consumption, what's the problem??

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

They can do it here under the eye of the ASPCA and USDA or continue to watch as they are shipped to Mexico under uncontrolled conditions. I don't like it, but until people outside the US stop eating horses it will continue.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Only is the horse is raised for human consumption. Problem is with horses that are pumped up with drugs harmful to humans, then taken to slaughter. USDA would have to ensure, like other countries do, that the livestock meets certain standards.

shelley.just
shelley.just

There are actually two plants under consideration in Missoui. The second is American Beef Company in Rockville. 

The Humane Society of the US and various animal welfare groups, as well as individuals living in the communities where these plants are situated, filed a lawsuit against the USDA yesterday. The USDA did not perform necessary work required under the Environmental Protection Act before issuing the permits. The groups are seeking to halt any horse slaughtering before it begins. 

You can access court documents for this case at 

http://docs.burningbird.net/wed-07032013-0707/front-range-equine-rescue-vs-usda-allowing-horse-slaughter

In particular, the motion for a Temporary Restraining Order provides detailed information why no community wants a horse slaughter plant, and why starting the process again in the US is such a bad idea. 


shelley.just
shelley.just

@Keith Oliver What do you do with your dog when it slows down? 

You turn the horse out to pasture, and you take care of them like a responsible horse owner. 

shelley.just
shelley.just

@Glenn Taylor You forgot the highest number of puppy mills and we've passed laws prohibiting UN Agenda 21 and Sharia law. 

Oh, and don't forget the highest number of meth labs, too. 

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