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3 years ago

Chief Wyoming Horse-Eater Pawns Alleged Horse Slaughter Plant Off onto Missouri

Posted: February 23, 2012 by R.T. Fitch in Horse News, Horse Slaughter
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Cruelty to animals, Horse, Horse Meat, Horse Slaughter, Ozarks, Sue Wallis, Wyoming

by Linda Russell, of KY3 News

“Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis, Again, Goes on Record Spreading Unsubstantiated Rumors on Slaughtering/Eating Horses

“True to form, Wyoming’s Renegade State Rep. Sue Wallis has launched a rumor in the news that she is behind the opening of a predatory horse Slaughter plant in Missouri before the people of the state, and local community, are even aware of it.  We have all heard the assumptions and false predictions in the past but what is amazing is that anyone in the media community would actually pay attention to her miscues and innuendo.  Wallis even goes on to expound about how the bloody meat will be distributed, within the year, within the U.S. full knowing that the meat of US horses is banned in the EU due to drug contamination and that the overall all public consensuses is 80% opposed to the killing and feasting upon flesh of companion animals.” ~ R.T.

Horse meat processing plant proposed in the Ozarks

MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. — A company called Unified Equine wants the Ozarks to be home to its first processing plant for horse meat for human consumption.  The proposed plant would be just east of Mountain Grove near the Wright-Texas County line in the Twin Cities Industrial Park.

Unified Equine has been working on its business model for two years.  When federal legislation in November brought back the ability for the USDA to inspect horse slaughter plants, the Wyoming company got serious about finding its flagship location.

“We wanted a state that was supportive of our efforts, and the folks in Missouri are 100 percent on board with what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to do it,” said Sue Wallis, chief executive officers of Unified Equine, as well as a Wyoming state legislator.

“Oh, I think it would be horrible.  People would be moving out,” said Mountain Grove resident Danita McCaig.

Many shudder at the idea of horse meat production in their back yard, but others in the agricultural area are showing support.

“If they got a problem with it, they can go somewhere else, I guess,” said Nathan Kelly, owner of Wright County Livestock Auction.

At the monthly horse auction, Kelly says

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At the monthly horse auction, Kelly says horses often go for only about $50.  He believes a meat market would increase their value and lead to fewer horses living neglected and malnourished.

“If you have an owner who can’t give an animal away, can’t afford to feed it, if they’re working for $10 or $12 an hour, they can barely afford to feed their own family, much less their horse, so they’re going to take care of their family first,” Kelly said.

If the plant does come to the spot between Mountain Grove and Cabool, the horses would be slaughtered and processed all at the same location, about 200 a day in one shift, or up to 400 a day if there were two shifts of workers.

“The horses that are processed — it’s just like cattle or hogs or sheep.  You don’t want starving, abused horses.  You want horses that are in good shape,” said Wallis.

“Everywhere you go, everybody’s talking about it, the slaughter plant coming in.  It’s sad they picked Mountain Grove to do something like that in, because basically, we have a good little town here, and I’m not originally from here.  I’m a transplant, but I still have pride in the town, and I don’t want it abused,” said McCaig.

Wallis says the plant would initially bring 40 to 55 jobs to the area, with possible expansion to more than 100.  Some welcome the jobs, but others can’t stomach the idea.

“I don’t want it to be produced anywhere,” said McCaig.

Unified Equine and Unified Meats would distribute the horse meat to domestic, ethnic, specialty and gourmet markets here in the United States and across the world.  In some countries in Europe, Asia and South America, horse meat is commonly used for human consumption.  Kelly says some American horses are currently purchased for slaughter and trucked to Mexico or Canada.

Unified Equine is in a feasibility study now, but Wallis says, so far, all indications are the plant will be a go, and she hopes it will open this year.  KY3 received no comments Thursday from the Chambers of Commerce in either Mountain Grove or Cabool, or the owner of the industrial park where the plant would be established.

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Salazar, Obama's BLM Stick It to the Wild Horses, Burros and the American Public
Salazar, Obama's BLM Stick It to the Wild Horses, Burros and the American Public

Animals  (tags: Wild Horse, Wild Burro, Horse Slaughter, BLM, President Obama )

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- 10 hours ago - rtfitchauthor.com
While trusting Americans calmly slept all snug in their beds dreaming of freedom, blue skies, green grass and the thundering of distance hooves the grotesquely distorted and immoral monster, known as the Department of the Interior (DoI), was plotting...
3 years ago

Just horrible! Their reasons always make me shake my head in disbelief.

Hope there is enough people to fight it off. 

3 years ago

me too

3 years ago

we need a lot of people to say no to this

3 years ago
HORSE EATERS NEVER GIVE UP. ILLINOIS Wants To Slaughter Horses, AGAIN.

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

BACKGROUND | EQUINE WELFARE ALLIANCE

Every year, State Representative Jim Sacia introduces his annual “Let’s overturn the state law banning horse slaughter” legislation. This year there is a twist. Sacia was able to get a newbie (2011), Richard Morthland (R) to do his bidding. Yes, we have yet another bill to address, HB 5382.

We heard about this last week but it was still in the rules committee. It has now been released to the Ag committee so it’s time to start dialing, faxing and writing. Since Rep. Morthland is new, let’s show him what happens when someone introduces legislation that 80% of this country opposes. If you get the ol’ – you don’t live in Illinois speech, tell them that your horse could be stolen and sent to Illinois and that makes it your business. This legislation impacts the entire country.

Over the last few days, we have been in contact with Gail Vacca of the IL Equine Humane Center HSUS, ASPCA and AWI. AWI has already sent an alert to its members and you should expect to see something from HSUS and ASPCA soon. We’ll be working with Gail, as we do every year, to defeat this bill. She’s been involved since the original legislation to ban horse slaughter was introduced and did not pass.

Bill Sponsor:

Robert Morthland, Springfield Office:

208-N Stratton Office Building

Springfield, IL   62706

(217) 782-3992

(217) 782-5201 FAX

District Office:

4416 River Drive

Moline, IL  61265

(309) 762-3008

(309) 762-3045 FAX

Rock Island County

Here are the Agriculture & Conservation committee members: (you can click the links below for the contact information): If you have any issues with the below links, you can access the below page here: http://www.ilga.gov/house/committees/members.asp?committeeID=922

   Chairperson :                             Lisa M. Dugan             D

   Vice-Chairperson :                    Patrick J. Verschoore   D

   Republican Spokesperson :     Jim Sacia                   R

   Member:                                      

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Here are the Agriculture & Conservation committee members: (you can click the links below for the contact information): If you have any issues with the below links, you can access the below page here: http://www.ilga.gov/house/committees/members.asp?committeeID=922

   Chairperson :                             Lisa M. Dugan             D

   Vice-Chairperson :                    Patrick J. Verschoore   D

   Republican Spokesperson :     Jim Sacia                   R

   Member:                                      Jason Barickman         R

   Member:                                      Kelly Burke                 D

   Member:                                      John D. Cavaletto       R

   Member:                                      Jerry F. Costello, II      D

   Member:                                      Mary E. Flowers          D

   Member:                                      Norine Hammond    

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   Member:                                      Chad Hays                 R

   Member:                                      Frank J. Mautino         D

   Member:                                      Jack McGuire              D

   Member:                                      Donald L. Moffitt         R

   Member:                                      Brandon W. Phelps      D

   Member:                                      Wayne Rosenthal        R

CLICK HERE For FREE FAXING From your computer.

A few suggested talking points:

  • The Illinois Law was passed in 2007 by an overwhelming majority
  • Every bill to overturn the state law has been defeated. Note: Governor Quinn is in support of the state law.
  • The majority of IL residents and 80% of our nation do not support overturning the state law
  • Slaughter is for food production, not a disposal service. US equines are not raised or regulated as food animals
  • History and current day have proven that horse slaughter does not control the horse population or reduce neglect
  • Animal abuse decreased from 2002-2004 during the years Cavel was shut down to rebuild after a fire Note: the cause was never determined
  • Horse slaughter plants have been proven detrimental to communities – wastewater issues, devalued property values and loss of new business. Note: Cavel was never able to comply with wastewater regulations and can be verified by the DeKalb Sanitary District.

 

That should get you started! We’ll provide a copy of the letter we send as well as info from other organizations sending letters and alerts.
Please let us know the responses you receive so we can keep track of support.
Go get ‘em, folks!

PH

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Boy's Effort to Save Horses From Slaughter Hits Stride
Boy's Effort to Save Horses From Slaughter Hits Stride

Animals  (tags: Horse, Horse Slaughter, Children Advocates )

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- 3 days ago - rtfitchauthor.com
GREENLAND NH -- The story about a local boy fighting against the slaughter of horses has produced support from across the country and around the globe. Following a report in the Portsmouth Herald's sister publication, Seacoast Sunday, on Feb. 12...
3 years ago

We need more like him what a little hero!

3 years ago

yes we do Mary

3 years ago
9-1-1 . HORSE SLAUGHTER IMMINENT IN TENNESSEE. Tennessee Residents Take Action NOW! by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

BACKGROUND | ANIMAL LAW COALITION.

Tennessee Rep. Frank Nicely is back this session with another effort to smooth the way for a horse slaughterhouse to open in the state. House Bill 3619 just cleared the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee and could be scheduled for a vote by the full House at any time.

Until the committee hearing the bill simply directed the agriculture commissioner to post and keep current statistics and other information required to be collected about equines and to provide that information upon request to the Tennessee Equine Association.

Harmless enough, except that during the committee hearing on March 13, 2012, Nicely introduced amendments under a new declaration that "the General Assembly intends to encourage the location of equine slaughter and processing facilities in Tennessee that meet...requirements". The new provisions approved by the committee would make it more difficult to challenge issuance of a permit for a horse slaughter facility by requiring a bond equal to 20% of the estimated cost of building the facility or operational costs, if those can be determined.  Venue would be limited to the court where the facility is located and not also where the defendant can be found or does business.

A challenger would be required to pay the slaughter facility's legal fees and court costs if a court finds the suit was without merit or brought for an "improper purpose" including harassment, delay or interference. If a plaintiff does not prevail ultimately after obtaining an injunction, the plaintiff "is liable for all financial losses the facility suffers" as a result of an injunction halting  operations.

The bill is similar to a Montana law passed in 2009.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

If you live in Tennessee, find your state legislators here. Write or call now and urge them to vote NO on H.B. 3619.

 

PH

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Horse Slaughter Prompts New Jersey Children to Write Letters to Congress
Horse Slaughter Prompts New Jersey Children to Write Letters to Congress

Animals  (tags: Horse, Horse Slaughter, Children Advocates )

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- 6 days ago - rtfitchauthor.com
Members of Centaurs 4-H Club of Hunterdon County are participating in the Million Horse March, a children's letter-writing campaign regarding the slaughter of horses for human consumption...
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United Horsemen Slaughter Prez Tanks on PBS Radio Show
United Horsemen Slaughter Prez Tanks on PBS Radio Show

Animals  (tags: Horse, Horse Slaughter, Cruelty to Animals, Dave Duqette )

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- 1 day ago - rtfitchauthor.com
"UPDATE 3/22/12 4:30 pm: During the show, our guests debated whether the use of phenylbutazone, or "bute," would prohibit horses from being eaten in the U.S. and E.U. We fact-checked the issue and found phenylbutazone is banned from being given to...
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NEW MEXICO HAS APPLIED FOR INSPECTIONS OF HORSE MEAT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION ~ TAKE ACTION NOW. by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

~

BACKGROUND | FRONT RANGE EQUINE RESCUE

FRONT RANGE EQUINE RESCUE DISCOVERS NEW MEXICO HORSE SLAUGHTER PLANT

April 10, 2012 (Larkspur,Colorado) — Through its own investigation, Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) has discovered that Valley Meats Co.,3845 Cedarvale Rd., inRoswell,NM, has applied for inspection of horses to be “custom slaughtered” and &ldquorocessed” for human consumption.  According to the facts uncovered, the facility has been involved in extended discussions with theDenveroffice of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSI.  The FSIS inspects animals and meat in American slaughterhouses under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Horse slaughter for food is a national disgrace, given the iconic nature of American horses and the especially brutal methods used to kill them.  FRER has mounted an extensive legal battle to keep American horses from being slaughtered for food, in or out of the country, in light of last November’s Congressional appropriation of funding for horse meat inspections.  In the last three weeks, along with the Humane Society of the United States, FRER has filed two Petitions for Rulemaking [hyperlinks], asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the FSIS to enact rules and regulations which would prevent American horses from being slaughtered.  The Petitions have gotten significant attention, and FRER intends to continue to amplify its legal strategy for as long as it takes to eliminate the possibility of horse slaughter inAmerica.

If it is allowed to open, the Roswellplant would be the first U.S.horse slaughterhouse opened since horse slaughter in the U.S.ended five years ago.  A recent poll shows at least 80% of Americans oppose horse slaughter. Valley Meats and any other horse slaughterhouses must be stopped, and the USDA and FDA must see the danger and illegality of producing horse meat from American horses.  FRER calls on all concerned citizens and groups, in and out of New Mexico, to support its efforts by contacting state, local and federal officials and voicing your strong objection to the resumption of this horrific practice in America.

TAKE ACTION PLEASE

For more information on how to help, contact info@frontrangeequinerescue.com.

3 years ago

sent letters this is so awful its a disgrace and a horrible betrayal

3 years ago

yes it is Mary thank you for sending letters

3 years ago
STOP NEW MEXICO Horse Slaughter – Send Emails Now Please by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

BACKGROUND | FOX NEWS

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Friday she is asking federal officials not to allow a southeastern New Mexico company to open the nation's first slaughterhouse for horses since 2007.

Martinez plans to send a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking it deny a Roswell meat company's request for inspections that would allow it to operate.

"Despite the federal government's decision to legalize horse slaughter for human consumption, I believe creating a horse slaughtering industry in New Mexico is wrong and I am strongly opposed," Martinez said in a statement.

Valley Meat Co. has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its 7,300-square-foot plant outside of town. Documents obtained by the Humane Society of the United States and Front Range Equine Rescue show that horses would be "custom slaughtered" and processed for human consumption at the plant, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/IlnrcB ).

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REINSTATE BAN ON HORSE SLAUGHTER ~ Your Quick Votes at PopVox sent immediately to your Senators and Representative by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

Double R Stables Kentucky's photo.

Double R Stables Kentucky's photo

It's getting down to the line.   Public opinion is needed to reinstate the Horse Slaughter Ban.  The current bill that lifted the ban expires September 13th 2012.  Your Voice and Support is needed.  Please vote "YES" on S1176 & HR2966.

The Agriculture Department thinks Horse Slaughter should return.  Tell them they are wrong.   Americans do not consider the Horse as a Meat Source! The PopVox site will forward Your Vote to support the 2 anti-slaughter bills to Your State Senators.

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thepersianhorse | April 16, 2012 at 4:43 AM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-DL
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