Despite a lot of hype, it looks like the grand opening of the first horse slaughterhouse in Rockville, Mo., won’t be happening anytime soon, if ever.
After being run out of town in Mountain Grove, Sue Wallis, head of Unified Equine, previously announced plans for the renovation of a former beef packing plant in Rockville that was supposed to be open by the end of summer.
Unfortunately for Wallis and her blood-thirsty cronies, there were just a few glitches in their plans.
According to the Equine Welfare Alliance, which issued a detailed report on the issue,
Wallis has not in fact purchased the plant, and cannot legally do so (had she the resources) because its ownership is entangled in a complex web of civil and criminal issues involving dubious deeds of trust through a shell company called Six Bears, and criminal theft charges against its Canadian operator Vincent Paletta.
Paletta had already been charged with two counts of felony stealing by deception when Wallis’ announcement brought the plant to the attention of Mountain Grove attorney Cynthia MacPherson. It was MacPherson who uncovered the elaborate plan by the Palettas to protect the plant from creditors.
On behalf of one creditor, Elvin’s Refrigeration, MacPherson has sued the Palettas, asking the court to block all transfers of the property until the ownership can be determined and creditors protected. The petition claims the Palettas violated MUFTA (Missouri Uniform Financial Transactions Act).
Even if she and her partner did own the plant, it’s still questionable whether or not funding for USDA inspections will be available. Even though funding was restored, the House voted to withdraw money for inspections, although it still needs to be approved by the full House and Senate.
Records also indicate that applications for permits from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources or with the Missouri Department of Agriculture were never filed, which are kind of important since you can’t run a slaughter facility without them.
Oddly enough, Wallis is already working on plans for a horse slaughter facility in Oklahoma …where it is illegal under state law to sell horse meat or possess horse meat for sale.
Help shut down this predatory industry by signing the petition supporting the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which will officially ban slaughtering horses on U.S. soil.
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