Horse Slaughters Could Resume in U.S.

A new ruling would allow the killing of wild horses for their meat the first time since 2007

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A federal judge opened the door Friday for horse slaughterhouses to resume operations as soon as next week, throwing out a lawsuit from animal protection groups.

U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo in Albuquerque rejected the lawsuit from the Humane Society and other groups that alleged the Department of Agriculture did not conduct the right environmental studies when it issued permits to two companies that slaughter horses for human consumption for the first time since 2007.

Congress restored funding for inspections at horse slaughterhouses in 2011—effectively approving the practice after five years—but the USDA did not approve the first permits until this summer, when the animal activist groups won a temporary restraining order.

The Humane Society, along with the state of New Mexico, filed an appeal Friday to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Wayne Pacelle, president of the organization, said in a statement, “With today’s court ruling and the very real prospect of plants resuming barbaric killing of horses for their meat in the states, we expect the American public to recognize the urgency of the situation and to demand that Congress take action.”

MORE: The American Horse Slaughter Lobby Fights to Hold Ground

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18 comments
morgansinkc
morgansinkc

Please ask your U.S. Senators and Representatives to support the Safeguard American Food Exports act, which will ban slaughter in the U.S. and the shipment for slaughter to Canada and Mexico.  Safeguard American Food Exports act is S. 541 in the U.S. Senate and H.R. 1094 in the U.S. House of Representatives. This website makes it easy to contact your elected officials: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

FrankMancuso
FrankMancuso

The Federal Judge surly knew that horse meat is a carcinogen and will be eaten by unsuspecting people in their burgers. Dose she need to promote the litigation business? Seems the chain of custody from the slaughter house, to the government inspectors and ultimately the American taxpayers will be liable. 

LydiaAaron
LydiaAaron

please realize that it is not just wild horses that will be slaughtered, but peoples pets, and children's pets.

GreerHaseman
GreerHaseman

Wild horses (and many that are in humanely rounded up by our government) make their way to slaughter through kill buyers. Horse wild or domestic are not raised as food and are not subject to strict guidelines by the FDA. Many medications that are dangerous to humans can make their way into the food system. There is no way that these slaughter plants are going to test for the presence of medications such as Bute. I do not support horse slaughter. Check the polls on this 80% of Americans don't support it either.

TeresaGrant
TeresaGrant

Horse Meat is unfit for consumption for any living being. This is craziness! No one wants this except greedy, despicable human beings with no hearts. STOP THIS MADNESS. Tell people the truth. Only Young, healthy animals go to slaughter. Not old or sick.

fitnfabulous@maqs.net
fitnfabulous@maqs.net

More than 80% of Americans strongly oppose horse slaughter and do not want this practice in our country. The only reason we are sitting here today is due to (3) dirty legislators that "quietly" voted behind closed doors in the eleventh hour before the 2012 budget was being voted on and removed the defunding language for horse slaughter inspections in the Appropriations Bill. They were Sen. Roy Blunt (MO), Rep. Kingston (GA), and Ex-Sen. Herb Kohl (WI). They even commissioned a fraudulent GAO Report in an attempt to sway Congress to their side. Make no mistake, horse slaughter is not about horse welfare, never has been and never will be. It is purely a profiteering-type business that preys on the young, healthy, and even fully-trained horses which are valued "by the pound" and fed to the discriminate few in this world in foreign countries. Our hard-earned tax-dollars will be spent, it is estimated at about $400.000.00 per plant, on this horrendously barbaric industry with no benefits whatsoever for Americans. In addition, U.S. horsemeat is considered tainted with at least 20+ common to more than 100 known drugs banned for use in food animals. But, horses aren't raised for food in the U.S. They are, indeed, our companions and are classified as such by the FDA. Interestingly, this means that the U.S. is knowingly and willingly producing and marketing a toxic drug-filled product for unsuspecting consumers. The EU, Russia, and other countries that were our main market for it have already banned it. It has also been banned for use in pet food in the U.S. since the early '70's. So, why would we be moving ahead with horse slaughterhouses?! We need to ban horse slaughter in this country. Please call your legislators and ask them to co-sponsor and support the SAFE Act, HR1094/S541, which will ban horse slaughter and the transport of our horses for the purpose of slaughter. For more information on the horrendous consequences of horse slaughter, please access: www.kaufmanzoning.net

CindyRileyMyers
CindyRileyMyers

Horse slaughter is inhumane and a totally barbaric process from start to finish. It should not be allowed in the US or anywhere for that matter. Horses are not born, bred or raised for human consumption.   Stupid people.....haven't you seen all the information on the news lately about dogs being killed by eating poisonous  meat!!!  Humans will be next if horses are allowed to be slaughtered. All the polls and surveys show Americans are against horse slaughter.....WHY is it even being considered!  It's about the money, the greed. I pray God has no mercy on the souls of those involved in this process. It's sickening.

ConnieJCunningham
ConnieJCunningham

In our supposedly progressive country we have serious threats to our horses, domestic and wild, facing us... multi-source unjustified pressures to remove the wild horses from our public lands, thousands upon thousands of wild horses in federal prisons and unwanted domestic horses and how does our federal court respond -- by reverting and regressing to allow the archaic, cruel tortuous death of horses by slaughter.  This does NOT make me proud to be an American, it sickens me!

JoanneHall
JoanneHall

More than 80 % of Americans are against horse slaughter. Horse meat is not safe to eat. Horse slaughter needs to stop. These animals were not raised for food consumption not to mention the cruelty involved. This is sickening and WRONG!!!!

eagle11772
eagle11772

Slaughtering horses is EVIL and should not be permitted under any circumstances at all.  Thank The Obamanaic for this disgrace.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@eagle11772 You sir are clearly impersonating an idiot. Horses all over this country are dying the same slow, painful death that hunters consistently tell us would be the fate of deer and other game animals if we didn't reduce the numbers. In my state we have an auction every week where dozens and dozens of old, ill-tempered, or sick horses are sold to slaughterhouses that operate out of Canada.  They're going to die one way or another because there simply are not the resources to make sure every horse in the country lives out a long, healthy life, so it may as well be in a manner that provides some benefit for hungry people. The only caveat I'd have on the bill is that the actual slaughter method be required to be something more humane toward horses, since they are more high-strung than cows, and much more easily panicked.  Oh BTW, Obama did not propose this bill. 

bungodancer
bungodancer

@barneydidit @eagle11772 You are not impersonating an idiot, you clearly are a mis ill informed idiot. Educate yourself moron......People like you are the reason the world is going to wrack and ruin

NataliaDeValinger
NataliaDeValinger

@barneydidit @eagle11772  Ignorance is bliss. Visit a few kill auctions, and then tell me that "sick" and "old" horses are being sold to slaughter. Sick ? Sick horses are "unfit to go through auction". Feed teh hungry ? Really ? How long will that continue. How about CONTRACEPTION

JoanneHall
JoanneHall

@barneydidit @eagle11772 You better do more research on that as it is not only old, ill-tempered and sick horses being slaughtered. They want healthy horses to slaughter for meat!

barneydidit
barneydidit

@TeresaGrant @barneydidit @eagle11772 And you can't spell. But regardless, everyone seems to be missing the point- These horses are going to suffer anyway because people keep breeding horses pointlessly. 

 I go to the slaughter auction held in north-central Ohio at least once a month, purchase a horse that looks redeemable, have my daughter work with it for 30 days, and then try to find it a good home, so there certainly is no ignorance of the issue on my part. Most of the horses that are there on any given day are there for a reason- health, temperament, or occasionally simply an inability of the owner to keep it, and then being too lazy or cheap to give it to someone that might be able to afford it.  

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