Congress Blocks Horse Slaughter: Missouri Processing Plant Faces Uncertain Future

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Bad news for anyone jonesing for a fresh, locally-sourced horseburger: When President Barack Obama signed the new federal budget late last week, he also signed a measure that effectively banned selling horse meat for human consumption in the U.S..

The $1.1 trillion spending package includes language that de-funds USDA inspections of facilities that process horse meat. Without official oversight from the federal government, Gallatin-based Rains Natural Meats -- which has been trying to open a legal horse slaughtering plant for for months -- is in a tight spot.

"It's a sad day for horses and horse people," says Sue Wallis, CEO of ​Unified Equine. The company is partnered with Rains Natural Meats as distributor, and Wallis herself is an outspoken advocate of the horse industry. (She's also a Wyoming state representative.)

See also: Horse Slaughter: Missouri Slaughterhouse Awaits State's Decision On Permit

Wallis claims that turning horses into food is a humane solution when the animals become elderly, homeless or otherwise unwanted. Opening up domestic horse slaughter, she says, would also help curb overpopulation in certain parts of the country

The horse industry "will not give up" on the goal of federally recognized horse slaughter, says Wallis. "We will continue to do whatever we can to make things better for horses."

But representatives from animal rights organizations view Wallis' claim -- that horse slaughter is compatible with animal welfare -- as totally ludicrous.

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ASPCA

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

"It would be grossly inhumane is to argue that the solution for those horses is to put them through this terrible process," Nancy Perry, senior vice president of government relations for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, tells Daily RFT. "Cruelty is inherent to the process of commercial horse slaughter."

Perry also cites a 2013 poll from Lake Research Partners, which surveyed 402 registered Missouri voters; The results showed 70 percent Missourians disapprove of horse slaughter for human consumption.

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Sue Wallis, CEO of Unified Equine and Wyoming State Representative.
Wallis and Unified Equine have made multiple attempts to start horse slaughter operations in the state; Rockville and Mountain Grove were both considered as locations for a horse processing facility, but those plans fizzled.

Wallis has been partnered with David Rains, owner of Rains Natural Meats, since the summer. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has, so far, quashed the horse-killing potential of the Gallatin facility by refusing to issue a permit for the plant to process waste water from equine slaughter.

Unified Equine and Rains Natural Meats are "analyzing several options," Wallis says, but it's not clear when (or if) the facility will open or what market it will supply.

See also: Missouri Horse Slaughter Facility: Humane Society Files Lawsuit To Block Processing Plant

When Daily RFT spoke to Rains earlier this month, he accused Governor Jay Nixon of letting politics and special interest groups with "vegan agendas" damage Missouri's agriculture industry.

Wallis calls the arguments against domestic horse slaughter "false propaganda of the worst sort."

"The process of turning a horse into food is the same process as turning a cow into food," she says. "There is no difference."

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Animal rights activists have raised concerns that horses carry unknowable quantities of drugs in their bodies. They also argue that a horse's temperament and anatomy present insurmountable challenges to providing a painless death for the animal.

Wallis and Rains counter that federal meat processing guidelines, rigorous inspections and testing would ensure humane slaughter and safe, drug-free horse meat.

For now, horse slaughter in the U.S. is banned, but Amanda Good, Missouri state director for the U.S. Humane Society, says this isn't a final victory for the anti-horse slaughter crowd. Far from it.

"I don't know that this will end the debate," she says, adding that it is "definitely possible" that the battle over blocking horse slaughter inspections in the federal budget will continue into the future . Indeed, the budget signed last week only funds the country through September 30.

"I don't think it will be over until we pass the SAFE Act," Good says, referring to a proposed bill that would clearly ban domestic horse slaughter for human consumption and prohibit companies from exporting American horses to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico.

"Until then, we'll keep seeing stuff like this," she says.

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com

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lynnequus
lynnequus

Describing Sue Wallis as part of the horse industry is like calling  Michael Vick an animal welfare advocate. Are you kidding me?


People in the "horse industry" ride horses. They don't shoot up to twelve bolts into their heads and eat them.


So Raines refers to a Vegan agenda? Let's try normal folks who don't eat their companion animals.


Any "business person" who is trying to set up a horse slaughter plant in cahoots with Slaughterhouse Sue  at the head of the Grand River watershed in one of the prettiest states in the nation as well as a Bible Belt state where most folks are aware of the prohibition on slaughtering or eating horse flesh in Leviticus 11:26 . . . . they would be characterized as criminally negligent.

sueellenewing1
sueellenewing1

Sue Wallis?  You are quoting Sue Wallis? First it isn't the old, weak, and elderly that go to slaughter.  She knows better than that.  She is also tied to the plant, which makes her want this even more to make money.  Perhaps if Ms Wallis put her fork down she would actually see the truth, Slaughter is never humane, especially not for horses. They are big brained animals with a tendency for flight.  Most are slaughtered while conscious, or give birth through the procedure only to watch their foals beaten to death.  Horses contain twice as much blood as cattle, so disposing of remains is a costly and grisly business.  With horse slaughter comes crime.  The owner of the plant in New Mexico that was trying to open  is a 3 time convicted felon, and not for traffic stops. Should anyone want to see proof of horse slaughter  you have but to look at this site.     http://www.kaufmanzoning.net/  The people in Kaufman,Texas has blood coming up through their pipes. There is a reason no plants will ever be in Texas again

motmot777
motmot777

Vegan agenda !! That is so scary!  Marching carrots in Lock-step ! Peas shooting out of green-onion cannons! omg! Sue Walls save us!

Lydia Abigail
Lydia Abigail

Horses aren't really domesticated fully ...why not set them free? They roam free in some European countries :) Why do people even ride them anymore? It's not a necessity of life and a lot of horse owners can barely afford the upkeep. I'd rather see them live naturally in the wild then be cooped up in stables all their lives...just saying!

tpen89
tpen89

Good bye Sue I hope you die like the HORSES YOU WANT TO KILL. Who know maybe a hoof will find you head... After all you see nothing wrong feeding toxic horse meat to humans oversea and the USA....

jannalukens
jannalukens

Hey Danny Wicentowski.  Did $laughterhouse $ue pay you to post this article for her? Look out.... Rumor is she has no money. She frequently solicits "donations" on the Internet for her fake companies and legal fees.... Looks like she suckered you good. You're not alone. She's suckered a lot of people. She made you look like a chump. But then, you brought it on yourself... 



jannalukens
jannalukens

Bankruptcy.... fraud, securities fraud, and ethics investigations...  No wonder NOBODY wants $laughterhouse $ue. 


"Many of you have asked why Sue Wallis isn't trying to build a slaughter facility in her home state of Wyoming. This article shows that Sue Wallis previously made the same promises in Wyoming that she has made here in Missouri: http://www.pcrecordtimes.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&page=72&story_id=1969.


At that time, she was operating as Unified Meats, which was administratively dissolved by the state of Wyoming: https://wyobiz.wy.gov/Business/FilingDetails.aspx?FilingNum=2010-000591783.

She also attempted to do business in the state of Wyoming as United Organization of the Horse, which was also administratively dissolved: https://wyobiz.wy.gov/Business/FilingDetails.aspx?FilingNum=2009-000577123.

Furthermore, Wyoming resident, Patricia Fazio, Ph.D. filed a detailed complaint requesting an investigation of alleged violations of ethics laws and securities fraud by Sue Wallis. A link to the complaint is contained in this article: http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/1486.

Sue Wallis and her horse slaughter business are not welcome in Wyoming, just as they are not welcome here. Perhaps the Wyoming Wild Horse Coalition said it best: "Wallis was chased out of Wyoming, but it appears that no one else wants a horse slaughter facility in their backyard either."

jannalukens
jannalukens

Plans in Mountain Grove FIZZLED? Yeah.... fizzled....


Yes it's true that Sue Wallis once planned to raise horses for slaughter on site at the slaughterhouse. And yes, she talked of cloning meat horses - that is, until she saw people thought she was disgusting. Later she decided to swear there were too many "unwanted horses". She made it sound like the horses were ready to commit suicide in her posh slaughterhouse. HAHAHA! She tried to make it an animal welfare issue. FAIL. Wallis doesn't speak for the Horse Industry. She isn't part of the Horse Industry. Sue Wallis is a snake oil salesman. Cynthia MacPherson and the people of Mountain Grove saw through her. Please watch her presentation from March, 2012.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LOdauPSxwM

clukens
clukens

The availability of slaughter actually increases the numbers of excess horses on the market. Slaughter creates a salvage or secondary market that encourages over breeding. Banning slaughter would reduce the number of excess horses. Slaughter is not "an alternative" for so called unwanted horses or horses in need. Slaughter is a for profit industry driven by a demand for horsemeat, and has nothing to do with the numbers of excess or unwanted horses. Slaughter actually encourages over breeding and adds to the problem of horses in need. The USDA has confirmed more than 92% of horses that end up at slaughter are healthy; they are not unwanted, neglected or abused.  Horses are in need right now because of the economy and, in fact, slaughter is still available,  is further proof that lack of slaughter does not result in excess or unwanted horses. Just the opposite! 

ted_the_peep_ho
ted_the_peep_ho

I promised after your last laughable attempt at an article on this matter that I wouldn't read the RFT. AN dI haven't - but I was sent the link to this article. "Jonesing for locally sourced horse burger?" Were you trying to be funny? Tell you what. Stop trying to "jones" up your article and present the reality of equine slaughter, which is an economic and ecological disaster for the surrounding community - check out www.kaufmanzoning.net  for documentation on how the town of Kaufman TX was brought to its knees by a foreign owned concern that paid all of $5 in taxes after literally bankrupting the town. Why not interview Paula Bacon, who was the Mayor of Kaufman at that point? Instead you spout garbage from Sue Wallis, who is a bought and paid for proponent of foreign slaughter concerns. GET THE MESSAGE: there is no market for horse meat. It is unsafe due to the toxicity of the drugs given to horses, the rendering and disposal is an ecological and economic nightmare, it is well documented that violent crime and horse theft increase in communities near equine slaughter facilities, and the overwhelming majority of people in the US are vehemently opposed to equine slaughter. 


shanedestry
shanedestry

$laughterhouse $ue Wallis is nothing but a huckster, mostly likely a sociopath, who has now turned to pushing legalizing marijuana in Wyoming since her obsession with forcing horse slaughter on Americans has been derailed. Look at her picture above. Danny Wicentowski the author of this typical example of tabloid pap includes some of the  elements of the usual pro slaughter shilling : 1) begin with something to diminish the issue as if it isn't serious "all you jonesing for a horseburger" don't know how many that would be as most Americans regard that as repellant as "jonesing for a dog or cat burger" 2) repeat even the most absurd statements by hucksters like Walli$ without even batting an eye "it's a sad day for horses" because they now will not be ripped apart hanging upside down from hooks while still alive? need I say more ? 3) slant the issue, parroting Walli$ again as if it were a Democratic conspiracy to thwart poor little David Rains in his lifelong dream of shooting horses in the face with a shotgun, which was his planned method of "humane" killing (!) Obama signed the bill but it passed overwhelming in Congress and defunding is also supported by 80% of the American people. Governor Jay Nixon and the Missouri DNR were buffaloed by a "vegan conspiracy" intimidated into silence by the overwhelming numbers and $$$ influence of vegan voters in Missouri ? Who could report this with a straight face ? At least Danny W. you do include comments from Amanda Good and Nancy Perry which is an improvement on past coverage of this issue. But given equal comments to Walli$'s unsourced heresay and credible sources from organizations concerned with animal welfare still does not amount to real journalism!

blpaints
blpaints

I am so sick to death of listening to Wallis' lies.....been hearing same ole' same ole' from her for nearly 4 years.  Her statement that old, sick & lame horses are accepted at slaughterhouses is completely untrue.  Most horse auctions have a sign clearly stating:  No old sick lame or stallions accepted.  The slaughterhouses are looking for young, healthy & fat horses.  Slaughter is merely a way for over-breeders to get rid of their unwanted stock.  This article is filled with Wallis lies.....get smart folks.....over 80% of US taxpayers do NOT want horse slaughter and do NOT want to pay the $400,000 or $500,000 per facility for USDA inspectors, the money being OUR taxpayer money.  And we definitely want the Safeguard American Food Exports Act passed, not only to protect our US horses but to protect the food supply from toxic meat, as happened in Europe when toxic horsemeat was mixed with beef and sold unknowingly to consumers. 

lynnequus
lynnequus

Sue Wallis presenting herself as an advocate for horse welfare is laughable. She owns a horse slaughter plant so obviously her interest is motivated by money. 


This is the same Sue Wallis who claimed Temple Grandin would be involved in the start up of the Raines horse slaughter plant in Missouri. When asked about this, Grandin said she hadn't heard anything about it. Grandin subsequently said she wanted nothing to do with Sue's "business dealings." 


I'm with Grandin. I want absolutely nothing to do with the business dealings of Sue Wallis.  70% of Missourians don't want horse slaughter. 80% of Americans don't want horse slaughter. 


This archaic spectre of death, posing as humane euthanasia, is not going to fly.

morgansinkc
morgansinkc

1)" You will see from http://kaufmanzoning.net/ that "the U.S. has approximately 10 million horses, and historically only 1% end up going to slaughter annually. The average age of a slaughter horse is 4 to 6 years old. Not old or sick, 92.3% are in good to excellent condition with no behavioral problems according to a USDA study. Only 4% of a horses slaughtered are over 9 years old. In a poll by the prestigious Lake Research Partners, 80% of Americans say no to horse slaughter." 2)  Are you trying to say that 80% of Americans are "animal rights activists." Here is a paper written by a veterinarian on the differences between cattle and horses in a slaughter plant situation: http://www.noequineslaughter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Turning-the-table.pdf  3) 80% of Americans are not vegans. What does being a vegan have to do with horse slaughter? 4)  Obviously, there is a difference between slaughtering catte, which are livestock, and slaughtering horses, which are non-food companion animals, and I've already provided a link above, but I'll provide another link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/vickeryeckhoff/2011/12/06/horse-slaughterhouse-investigation-sounds-food-safety-and-cruelty-alarms/ 5) Most horse owners are horse slaughter for many reasons. The FDA classifies horses as non-food companion animals, and because of this, we are allowed to give them 115 legal drugs that are all labeled "not for use in horses intended for food." Because horses are not livestock, unfortunately some are given illegal performance enhancing drugs that we occasionally read about in the paper, such as morphine and Cobra venom. Rains has said repeatedly that he will only be testing for two drugs -- ivermectin and phenylbutazone. What about the other 113 legal drugs and all of the illegal ones? Additionally, there is no withdrawal period for phenylbutazone, and we have no tracking system in place for the U.S. horses to know which horses have been given which drugs, for how long or in what quantity. Sue Wallis is from Wyoming, she should not be pushing her horse slaughter agenda on Missouri. Horse theft always goes up around horse slaughter plants, and the slaughter horses bring diseases from out of state since health certificates are not required for slaughter horses to cross state lines.

babs.kothe
babs.kothe

Sue Wallis does not represent anyone except her self serving potential profits..She is not an advocate for the horse industry..she is an advocate for her bank account. As an elected official you would think that her actions would site ethics violations.(Here's an idea..why don't you investigate that and write a balanced, unbiased report..or won't she let you?) She cares nothing about the welfare of horses and she actively works to support twisted, sick legislation that she would personally profit from, using tax payer dollars. Anti-Slaughter activists have no such agenda. Most activists are just hard working Americans, many horse owners, who do not want this greed driven, predatory, fraudulent business to operate on our soil and we want the export of our horses stopped. The solutions to the problem are endless but the pro slaughter camp wants everyone to believe that slaughter is the only option..because it's easiest and profitable for them.(many solutions are already in the works and funded by private citizens:legitimate rescues, free or low cost humane euthanasia and disposal clinics, free or low cost gelding clinics, Hay & feed banks, and horse care and management clinics so people can be educated on what the costs and commitment are before buying or taking on a horse.) Why would the pro-slaughter camp object to these solutions you might ask? Because they cost money and there is no profit for them to take..The AQHA and other breed registries needs to take responsibility for their apathy and encouragement of over breeding. Just because you leave a horse un-castrated or a mare has a uterus does not mean it should produce offspring. If you leave your mares and stallions running around together you should have to be responsible for the consequences.. 99% of the horses in this country who need to be euthanized in any given year are humanely euthanized by their owners (not slaughtered to squeeze that extra $100.00) and buried, rendered, cremated or disposed of in some other ethical way..1% are sent to slaughter by the minority who either don't know any better or want to "cull" their herd and make a little profit by selling by the pound. Well over-breeding,starving and neglected horses are the end result of human neglect. It is time to start making the humans responsible and not make the horses pay the ultimate price.

Lindsey Pandamonium
Lindsey Pandamonium

Whats the difference? Native Americans befriended the horse while eating buffalo...a big COW. Yes cows are loving and affectionate pets as well. But its just a little too weird for me. Grew up riding horses and eating cows. Not ready to make that switch! lol There are way too many humans in this world too. Are we going to start eating them too? Too much over breeding in ALL species.....

CowboyRox
CowboyRox

Pro Slaughter wants everyone to believe that all the horses going to slaughter are old or injured, without any other options, or unwanted. The USDA statistics show that 92% of all horses sent to slaughter arrive sound and in good health. The majority of these “unlucky” horses are under the age of 10. (Horses can live to 30 years for those who are not aware.) Their only crime was to break down on some race track or to be owned by someone who has not the common sense or compassion to own such an animal. Let’s not even get into the mucky greed breeders (professional and backyard yahoos’). Slaughter is about meat production and the meat-man has no interest in the old, sick and skinny. Fat, healthy and young makes good product.


Horse slaughter actually prevents horse welfare; rescue operators are routinely outbid by killer buyers at auctions. When no other option exists, unwanted horses should be humanely euthanized by a licensed veterinarian. Horse slaughter is a far cry from humane euthanasia and any suitable horse owner understands that the fright and flight instincts of a horse make the slaughter process impossible to be humane. Of course they deny this as well and simply do not care. They believe fully that a frightened horse will walk enthusiastically into a kill box and stand perfectly still while waiting for the death blow – if it doesn't miss the first few times that is. (Multiple stuns fully documented and performed on US soil by the way.)

The horse is a companion animal and labeled as such by the FDA and by God (Unclean). Their meat is highly toxic due to everyday medications we give our companions to be free of aches and pains. A horse is not raised as a food animal and a food animal is not our police officers, used by our military, fought our wars, standing tall in riots, used to pull the casket of a passing President, used as therapy animals for those with autism, MS and, etc and every little girls dream.

Lastly, one cannot cry freedom when horse slaughter cannot operate without USDA inspectors and USDA inspectors cost all Americans 10 million a year in taxes to inspect meat not even consumed in our country. As to ‘regulated and so much sweeter if done here in the states’ – take the time to read what the former mayor of Texas has to say about that or the good folk that had to deal with horse blood rising up in their tubs or Google the countless violations by slaughter plants that once operated on our soil.

Never mistake the slaughtering of a non-food animal as welfare. This is pure clap trap spoken by those driven by greed and/or the irresponsible.

Most of the above is now moot - you lost this battle and you will lose the war. Bank on it!

Solutions:

Creation and enforcement of strict breeding regulations 
Requirement of a State and/or Federal license to breed 
Abolishment of current tax incentives offered to breeding organizations
Tax incentives for existing shelters to increase capacity
State funded shelters that in return can great job opportunities
Enforce and strengthen existing animal neglect laws 
Encourage personal responsibility of large animal ownership
Gelding clinics
Contraception practices

jrstark
jrstark

Sue Wallis does not speak for the horse industry, and is not an advocate of the horse industry. She speaks for a minority of ranchers who own/use horses. The horse industry doesn't need commodity pricing. Our horses are athletes and companions, not meat.


Horses do not move from farm to feedlot to slaughter in the same group the way meat animals do. They have multiple owners and trainers, live in multiple stables, travel to events while being exposed to many different horses and other animals over many years. They get treated for sniffles, worms, muscle stiffness, minor and major injuries, all of which treatments are banned in meat animals.


Martienne Cotter
Martienne Cotter

Yes, horses are sad to find out they won't be eaten. Sad day for horses, indeed.

Doreen Redmon-Priestley
Doreen Redmon-Priestley

Isn't horse meat used in dog food? What's the difference from a 'humane' perspective? Where's the logic? Btw, I'll pass on the horseburger, but to each his own.

Lara Shore Dierker
Lara Shore Dierker

Do these animal rights activists have any clue?!!! There is no outlet for horses, and many will be neglected, abandoned, or otherwise killed "inhumanely" anyway. There are horse rescues around but the ones I know of are overwhelmed with the number of neglected horses.

jiriksride
jiriksride

She LIES!!! She is not pushing horse slaughter for the welfare of horses. Everyone knows they will not be using old, sick or lame horses for horse meat. They want to make a whole new industry to help breeders who are out of business because horses have become a luxury item. Just look at the price of hay. I use to buy it for $2.50 a bale and now its over $10. We need to take responsibility for the animals we breed. Breeders should be working to make the breed better and not breed for cheap horses for meat. High priced horses are still selling. Everyone wants a winner. Breed better horses. 


And the drug issue is BIG. Horse owners give banned drugs to their horses that say right on the label "not for food animals" and they can not be found without testing the kidney despite what Wallis says. We in the US do not have a tracking system for drugs in our horses and it would make raising horses for slaughter more expensive and the profit from horse slaughter is pretty low to begin with. That is why many of the horses are still alive when they get their legs cut off and their stomachs opened. Time is money and they do not take the time to make sure the horses are dead before they start the butcher process. 


Wallis has been trying for years to get something started and with over 80% plus of Americans against it she is still lying to try and convince a few people to back her. 


We do not need to slaughter horses we just need less breeding and more caring owners. There are plenty of programs out there now to help owners in need they only have to look for it. 

Tim Brown
Tim Brown

Fire me up some horse, I'll it. :)

Daren Cortez
Daren Cortez

Dogs & cats....... Eat them and control the population. My fried rice was a rescue. #dontdiscriminate

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

What's with the hierarchy of meat? Why is eating horse wrong, but eating cow, chicken, lobster, etc. ok?

fiatallis16b
fiatallis16b

Hey Sue I just donated another $100 to help keep horse slaughter out of America and guess what we will never go away and will always be watching for your un American activities.  1 of the 80% against horse slaughter and owner of 18 horses as well as an American tax payer.

morgansinkc
morgansinkc

@motmot777, as anyone with an ounce of sense in their heads can see, 80% of Americans are against horse slaughter and horses are classified non-food companion animals by the FDA.


This is about what the majority of U.S. citizens want and not about Sue Wallis' personal pocket book.

morgansinkc
morgansinkc

@CowboyRox, I agree with you until the first two "solutions."  Most breeders are responsible and I do not believe in punishing the majority who are responsible.  Secondly people ship semen across state lines, and also mares across state lines, so state licensing should not be done because it would not be uniform.

fiatallis16b
fiatallis16b

No horse meat is not used in dog food as the medications used in horses was making certain dog breeds sick and dead is this what we should feed children? Horses are a fight or flight animal, do some research. FDA classifies horses as a companion animal so they get medicated with over 100 medications that are unsafe for human ingestion. Question? What makes a bald eagle any different than a turkey, we the people say it is different just as we say a horse is different than a cow pig or chicken all of which are raised for food.

stormdancer36
stormdancer36

When our domestic plants were open, we still shipped thousands of horses to slaughter in Mexico and Canada. When our domestic plants closed, Mexico and Canada were perfectly willing to take up the slack. We have sent just as many - if not more - horses for slaughter via Mexico and Canada as we slaughtered when our plants were open. The slaughter number follows the MARKET, not how many horses might be available or which country they are actually slaughtered in.


Even if there were "hundreds of thousands" of "unwanted" horses - which there is NOT - they would go to Mexico and Canada for slaughter unless the market was so down you couldn't sell them for slaughter anywhere. We've had unfettered access to horse slaughter for over 30 years, and we still have "hundreds of thousands" of horses that "need" to be slaughtered? That just PROVES that slaughter is an epic FAIL in population control.


No, you can't stop people from mistreating their horses, but you sure can prosecute them to the limit of the law. Abuse is ILLEGAL, or didn't you know that? In fact, statistics from Texas, California and Illinois show that horse abuse and neglect INCREASED in the areas around the slaughter plants. Those horses need to be sent to rescues - there is plenty of room - not KILLED! 


If horse slaughter hasnt been able to control the "over population" in 30 years its time to look at putting breeding regulations into place. its not that the horses are not wanted, its the poor economy that crashed in 2008 which isnt recovering as fast as our government is claiming it is and skyrocketing hay prices in most places west of the Mississippi which is the cause of why so many horses end up at auction as well as the over breeding of horses by the racing industry itself. 

blpaints
blpaints

Have you ever thought that a person should take responsibility for their animals, just like you do for your children?  Today is a throw-away society....doesn't matter if you're talking about dogs, cats or horses.  

morgansinkc
morgansinkc

So, Lara, you are calling 70% of Missourians "animal rights activists?"  Get a clue, please.

CowboyRox
CowboyRox

Please do share with us all why they are overwhelmed. Perhaps the ‘big boy’ and back yard yahoo greed breeders are to blame? The horse industry is ass backwards as they produce more ‘product’ then this nation has need for. To debunk your worn out rhetoric, slaughter is not welfare and it is not the answer to all that ails the equine world. Why is it not welfare? - because horse slaughter is about meat production and profit alone. They have zero need for the old, sick and skinny (even your slaughter queen Sue Wallis stated this in a past interview) and you also know that the USDA states 92% of all horses in the slaughter pipe line are young and in perfect health. Do we need to educate you about how kill buyers outbid rescues? Why is slaughter not the answer? - because slaughter has yet to be outlawed. It is an option to the lowlife horseman/woman right this very second. So why so many unwanted in your shopping mall parking lots? Oh and by the way, animal neglect and abandonment is a crime in all states. Maybe have your sheriff do his or her job.

fiatallis16b
fiatallis16b

Maybe you would want to feed some tainted horse meat to your child? Neglect and abandonment are both crimes so punish the criminals. So you say the 80% of us tax paying Americans are animal right activist, no this leaves you grouped in the the 20% of people that doesn't care who is poisoned as long as it makes a buck. If we are going to ship poisoned food for people to eat I guess we can't complain about tainted toys being shipped in for our children to play with either.

lynnequus
lynnequus

@jiriksride , you're exactly right Sue Wallis has stated she would like to breed horses only for slaughter in this country. That means of course, before that little foal's hooves touch the ground, its fate would be sealed even though it might have the capability of being a great trail horse or performance horse. I find that very sick and disturbing. Of course I find Wallis sick and disturbing.

lynnequus
lynnequus

Tim, good luck with that cancer.

jrstark
jrstark

Why stop at horses? Are you OK with eating dog and cat?

fiatallis16b
fiatallis16b

Horses are not raised for food and the FDA classifies them as companion animals, as such they are medicated with drugs that are harmful to humans. Why is eating Bald Eagle wrong but turkey is OK, because we the American people say so.

CowboyRox
CowboyRox

@morgansinkc "In contrast, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) registers more foals than any other breed registry (more than one million foals in seven years), and far more Quarter Horses are sent to slaughter than are any other identifiable breed...."  Very responsible indeed. eye roll

motmot777
motmot777

That is tellin it like it is Cowboy Rox !!

morgansinkc
morgansinkc

@CowboyRox, some breeds are endangered, and are going through various stages such as critical, threatened, watch, recovering and study.  Right now the traditional Morgan is in the study phase.

CowboyRox
CowboyRox

@lynnequus lol and thanks. Just an everyday horse owner fed up with the lies!

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