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Friday Hearing Last Stand to Stop Horsemeat Packing


Society & Culture  (tags: USDA, hearing, New Mexico, horse slaughter, animal cruelty, ethics, environment, culture, americans, sadness, humans, health, government, activists, law, news, world, society )

Carrie
- 418 days ago - foodsafetynews.com
The federal court in New Mexico next Friday will hear the motion for a preliminary injunction against USDA granting inspections to equine meat packing houses that are close to opening in New Mexico and Iowa.



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GGmaSheila D. (169)
Friday July 26, 2013, 10:38 pm
Fingers crossed...sad...Noted with frustration. Thank you.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 3:03 am
I feel angry........................
 

Gloria picchetti (290)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 3:44 am
What's wrong with people? How can anyone slaughter a horse?
 

Syd H. (48)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 3:53 am
You know, horses have always been my first love, and "horse" was my first word when I was a child, but... what really is the difference between slaughtering a horse (or even cat/dog) and killing cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, rabbits, octopus (super intelligent), and so on?

Why we love dogs, eat pigs, and wear cows
 

Elizabeth P. (102)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 7:41 am
noted and hoping for the best. Thank you.
 

Natasha Salgado (520)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 7:41 am
I fear the outcome will not be a good one...it seems our majestic horses are no longer respected or appreciated 4 all their loyalty and majestic prowess through the centuries. And breeders are outta control...thanks Carrie
 

Tanya W. (51)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 7:55 am
Horses are not meat!! Sadly noted. May compassion & commonsense prevail!!
 

Anne P. (249)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:12 am
As an ethical vegan, I am against all animal slaughter - but horses hold a special place in my heart. My sister and I took riding lessons as kids and were totally horse-crazy. Humans have a special connection with horses and eating them is akin to eating the family dog. As a resident of New Mexico, I am horrified that my state may be the first to reinstate horse slaughter at the so-called Valley "Meat" Company in Roswell. I read recently that the flesh from young, healthy horses is most prized in foreign markets - so guess which horses will be killed at Valley? Probably young, healthy wild horses rounded up on federal lands. Supporters of horse slaughter plants say that these facilities are needed to "process" old and infirm horses - but slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. Horses suffer horribly on the way to and during slaughter. Makes me sick to even think about it. I would rather see an old, sick horse shot in the head to end his misery, then trucked to Valley "Meat" where uncaring humans will make his last moments sheer hell. I pray that NM Attorney General Gary King can stop this atrocious slaughter and shut down Valley "Meat" once and for all. A recent national poll showed that 70 percent of Americans support a federal ban on horse slaughter. Kudos to Robert Redford for joining in our fight!
 

Valerie H. (135)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:26 am
....Horsemeat PACKING.......WHAT ????????????

Thank you - noted
 

Ruth S. (307)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:44 am
Well said Anne!
 

Jeaneen A. (129)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:50 am
No Horse slaughter in the USA!
 

Suzanne B. (246)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:00 am
thanks for sharing!
 

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:09 am
Sadly noted and hoping that they come to their senses! Peace, Light and Love.
 

Carrie B. (304)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:15 am
It is said that when horses are taken to these slaughter houses they sense something is wrong and are filled with fear. Also,the way they are slaughtered is less than humane. We cannot allow this to happen to these majestic creatures! Anne, I wish I could send you another green star today.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:31 am
It's just a disgrace that Obama has not put an end to this. The USDA is part of his cabinet!
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (182)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:33 am
tylko koni żal
 

Syd H. (48)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 10:12 am
Don't mean to keep beating this (horses are still my passion) but ALL animals sense something is wrong on the way to the slaughterhouse even if they've lived an absolutely miserable existence prior to that outing (as most do).

And what is humane slaughter? Who actually gets that?

Just hoping people will give some thought to things accepted for some animals but not others.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 10:22 am
No horse meat for me, thank you.
 

Christeen Anderson (490)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:50 pm
Please stop this senseless killing. Thank you.
 

MareCad T. (2)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:08 pm
The human race is on the road to oblivion.
 

Janet R. (34)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 2:17 pm
Hope it doesn't open.
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 2:28 pm
Human craving for flesh of another animal, so depraved.
 

MareCad T. (2)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 2:30 pm
humans, there's NO hope for you.
 

Karen B. (8)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 2:59 pm
What is wrong with people, murdering horses for what?!!! We do not want or need horsemeat, serve it at the WHITE HOUSE.!!!!
 

Marlene Dinkins (233)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 3:23 pm
NOTED THX CARRIE,ITS HORRIBLR!!!! OMG!!!! THE HORSSES NEED PROTECTION!!!! I HOPE THIS BE BANNED FOR EVERRRRRRRRRRR!!!!
 

Debra Tate (17)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:05 pm
Noted! Where is the petition to sign about this?
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:05 pm
This absolutely makes me sick to think of this plant opening in a state that I dearly love. I've loved horses since I was a child. They've given so much to us and to end up as ground meat is beyond sickening. I've owned horses and the thought of the wild mustangs ending up here is just beyond words.
Since Obama doesn't seem to be doing anything about this situation someone suggested that maybe it should be served at the White House. I thank Robert Redford and former governor Bill Richardson for working on this.
 

marie c. (168)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:23 pm
Thanks for posting Carrie and bringing our attention to this
 

S J. (116)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:28 pm
I wonder how can one eat horse?
Noted, thanks Carrie.
 

Jaime A. (32)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:59 pm
Noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:35 pm
"If the long list of animal welfare groups does not prevail in the federal court hearing on Aug. 2, Valley Meat Company in Roswell, NM is ready to begin equine meat packing operations as early as the following Monday, Aug. 5. Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, IA could begin horse slaughter in an old Louis Rich plant just as quickly."

SICK F*CKS!

Thanks Carrie for posting.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 7:33 pm
I pray that they put an end to these senseless killings. Glad I'm not one for eating meat, cuz to think that I was putting horse meat in my mouth, just makes me sick. Horses are for riding not eating. Thanks Carrie
 

Jason S. (57)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:27 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Kitty Cather (6)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 12:53 am
i would not eat horse meat
 

Carlene V. (203)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 7:04 am
This makes me sick and it's all about money for these companies. They'll be shipping to countries that consume horsemeat and supplying it for non-human consumption here. I hope this can somehow be stopped and thanks Carrie for keeping us up to date.
 

Bonnie Annis (20)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 10:07 am
With all due respect (Syd H), I would like to possibly give you an answer. Thw War Horse in all sense of the word was not the "war cow", "war pig" or "war chicken", although all of these animals also played a part in feeding the troops. The Kentucky Derby, Grand National and other events that thrill many are the result of the horse. I no longer condone or follow these events solely because of the injuries and callous disposal of the horses if they do not win or show. They most likely go to slaughter. Also, the nurse mare foals become victims of this industry. On the more "classy" and "expensive" websites for the elite, you will see "pony skin" purses, shoes etc. This is the results of foals being slaughtered. The are a great delicacy in many countries and even shipped alive so the meat is fresh. The Pony Express was just that..not the "cow express" or the "pig express". I have never seen a mounted policeman on a cow. Horses have served mankind in a much more intimate way, as a companion, a work partner, as entertainment. The beautiful Lippizans for example. In my Humble opinion, mankind does not deserve the gift of the animals, any of them, but mankind is a self-centered lot. The chemicals given to a horse over the span of it's lifetime are carciogenic to humans, that is a fact. That is why I am highly concerned for the 50,000+ mustangs in BLM holding areas. Have no doubt, they will be the first to go. They will suddenly be a "burden to the taxpayer". These horses have not been "managed", they have been exploited. Also, the chemicals and hormone-based drugs given to the factory farm raised animals should raise much concern for people, but they keep slugging the meat down. I'm off my bandwagon for now, but I mean everything I have said. Horses are not "food animals". And instead of letting folks like Slaughterhouse Sue and Dave Duquette (who are licking their chops at the thought of slaughter) take the center stage, I am hoping that more folks, like the good people I see here, stand up and say NO HORSE SLAUGHTER! They desperately need your VOICES, not your sentiments. Please find out more, google..find out the TRUTH. There are plenty of petitions to sign to stop this madness.
 

Linda P. (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:58 pm
DO NOT SLAUGHTER THESE MAGNIFICENT CREATURES. Horses are not for human consumption due to the drugs that they have been given over the years.This cannot be allowed to happen and why isn't the President and the USDA stopping this.
 
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