Horse meat processing plant proposed in the Ozarks

Feb 23, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KYTV Springfield

A company called Unified Equine wants the Ozarks to be home to its first processing plant for horse meat for human consumption.

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showme

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Mar 3, 2012
 
[QUOTE who="the horse market is completly gone you cant make any money on horses that are actually worth something. horse neglect is a huge problem if a slaughter plant is easily available rather than letting that horse starve i would rather it be slaughtered. lame,blind, or old horses are a burden on almost every horse owner. get rid of the horses that are "hayburners" would help the horse market and make it what it used to be[/QUOTE]

This slaughter house WILL NOT be accepting raggedy old horses that have been neglected or otherwise. If you folks think you're going to make a penny from selling your "extra" horses to this facility, you are dead wrong. They will be raising their own (genetically modified, by the way) and shipping them in from other states - not buying "hayburners", as you put it. Bad idea. Bad for our water. Lousy immagrant worker wages and a bad reputation for Missouri!
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#45
Mar 3, 2012
 
I didn't know everyone in Mt. Grove against horse slaughtering is a horse slaughtering expert. Who cares if the horses are old or in good shape. That has no relevance to the issue. If I want to sell horses I own for slaughter that is my business. If you don't want plant in your town by all means try to get a vote on it. But don't say stuff you know are not true. Would some one please explain to me what a genetically modified horse is and how the blood from these horses is going to get in the watershed. Doesn't the city treat wastewater? So if they are shipping all the horses in to be slaughtered, where does all the horses in Missouri go? I will give you the fact that immigrant workers will more than likely be the majority of the employees and that alone is reason not to bring it in the town.
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#46
Mar 3, 2012
 
Stinky chicken wrote:
The good side with bringing in Somalis is they work really hard. It might help all the grovers see what it's like to work. Might work off some of their ebt butt fat if they start working. Then they won't need to ride on the motorized handicapped shopping cart at walmart. They might not stink as bad either.
I hope you have a young daughter that gets
pregnant by a samolis I bet when you get to hold that little bundle of shit you wouldn't be so happy to have the samalis and the slaughter house located here. Or mabe get her strung out on heroine.

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crystal wrote:
No when people hear Mtn. Grove they think of Topix, since it was on the news for so many hits on topix. We need the jobs, there are people willing to do the job and not grip about it. If people want to keep their homes they have to have a job, there arent to many around here now, this would help. There are bad thngs that come with every facility no way to get around it. Just have to see what happeneds. WE NEED THE JOBS! Thats enough for me.
You don't need THESE jobs! They are minimum wage, dehumanizing and very dangerous. Besides, the owners will almost surely bring in undocumented workers like they always do. They want people who have no recourse to the authorities for wrongs at work.

If you allow this hellhole to open, you will never be able to get rid of it. It will ruin property values, pollute your water, cost you City millions in fines that will never be payed, and on and on.

These are the same people that owned Dallas Crown in Kaufman, Texas. Check http://kaufmanzoning.net They have all the documentation you will ever need to see why this facility is NOT going to benefit you in ANY way.

BTW: I and my horses lived in Dallas during this time, and at 30 miles, Kaufman wasn't NEARLY far enough away.

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I think one of the saddest things about horse slaughter, aside from the horrific cruelty involved in it, is the issue of what REALLY takes place when horse slaughter comes to town. The former Mayor of Kaufman, TX, where Dallas Crown horse slaughter facility was located has written consistently about the problems caused by it. It is not what you think it is, AT ALL. This is an excerpt from a letter she wrote to state legislators, link included. Any community owes it to their residents to truly understand the economical and ecological ramifications. I believe I read there are no zoning regulations where this would be located. That is an invitation to a health disaster in the area. This is a list of "some" of the problems associated with a horse slaughter facility operated by "experienced" owners:
"Dallas Crown had a very long history of violations to their industrial waste permit,'loading' the capacity of the wastewater treatment plant.
Dallas Crown denied the City access to their property for wastewater testing beginning October 1, 2004 until July 6, 2005, despite requirement by city ordinance, city permit agreement, and court order.
City staff reported that a $6 million upgrade to our wastewater treatment plant would be required even though the plant was planned and financed to last through 2015.
Odor problems resulting from the outside storage of offal and hides over several days persisted not only in traditionally African-American neighborhood known as "Boggy Bottom", but at the nearby Presbyterian Hospital, the daycare center, and surrounding areas.
Transport of offal and fresh hides on City and state thoroughfares is conducted in leaking containers without covers. City documents reveal an extended history of efforts to have Dallas Crown address various environmental issues.
Reports include descriptive language including such as "blood flowing east and west in the ditches from your plant," "It has been over 45 days [it had been 59 days] and no apparent cleanup has occurred," "Your system has not improved and subsequently it has gotten a lot worse," "Words cannot express the seriousness" of recent violations and the "adverse effects on the wastewater treatment plant," and "Please be sure trailers are secured before leaving your premises to prevent spills," noting also "bones and blood laying in front of the facility," problems with bones and parts in neighboring yards and the attraction of "dogs and other animals."
In response to 29 citations for wastewater violations, each accompanied by a potential fine of $2,000, Dallas Crown requested 29 separate jury trials, potentially causing yet another economic strain to the City's budget. We could, of course, not afford to litigate in order to extract the fines
Dallas Crown took 11 months to submit a mandatory "sludge control plan" to assist efficient operation of the wastewater treatment plant though City staff requested it orally and in writing many times.
The City Manager advised me that the City would have to spend $70,000 in legal fees because of Dallas Crown problems, which was the entire legal budget for the fiscal year.
During this period, Dallas Crown paid property taxes that were less than half of what the City spent on legal fees directly related to Dallas Crown violations.
Generally, Dallas Crown has the economic ability to prevail, to exceed the constraints of the City's budget." The entire letter is at this link. Beware of all of the ramifications. This is only a portion of the problems associated with this business. http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaug...
This is EXACTLY how it was, people! I was there.
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Mar 4, 2012
 
MorganLvr wrote:
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This is EXACTLY how it was, people! I was there.
pls do come to the meeting to tell city u lived it

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I see some on here are concerned the new slaughter plant will bring in forign labor. I would be concerned about their business savy if they didn't bring in their own labor. The labor force in the area is no reason to locate here, it is the huge number of horses we have. If they want reliable help they better bring in labor, preferably Mexican Nationals, they are workers. The horror stories fabricated by the naysayers on here should be ignored. You are lucky anyone wants to locate any kind of manufacturing facility in the US. For the most part, to locate in the US with all the regulations, taxes, lack of work ethic and the fight you have to engage in to provide jobs to ungreatful people, it is a poor investment. Setting up shop here is like stepping out naked into a mosquito infested forrest, where the blood sucking government and all its sucklings drain the life out of you. I wish them luck.
You think our stories are fabricated, do ya? Have you EVER been inside a horse slaughter plant? No, you have not. A sorry sucker like you would gag and faint.

If you don't like the US, why are you staying? We won't miss you, so don't let the door hit you on your way out.

I WAS inside Dallas Crown in Kaufman. I was helping friends searching for their stolen horses. Now, THAT'S fun. Try it sometime. You'd probably enjoy watching your friends' hearts break after learning their beloved horses had been brutally butchered.

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#51
Mar 4, 2012
 
OMG wrote:
They are considering the pipe plant in Dunn,Mo.I don't know of any waterway in this area.Most of the horse will be processed & the rest sent to the chicken plant to recycle.Jobs,jobs,jobs.But people would rather draw welfare or unemployment than work for a living.Drain the American taxpayer & blame the government because people are out of work then bitch when jobs are being created.
You know nothing about horse slaughter. There has to be waste water treatment plants around you if you have flush toilets. Horses have almost TWICE as much blood pound for pound as cattle. That's a LOT of blood. It overwhelms the treatment plants - as it did in DeKalb, Ill and Kaufman, TX. Want horse blood running in your gutters?

Horse blood and all other organs are not recycled. Our horses are not regulated as food animals, so they are contaminated with meds and other products - like insecticides - that are banned for use in food animals. Everything is contaminated. They only sell the meat - which IS illegal - and "dispose" of everything else.

Enjoy.

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This slaughter house WILL NOT be accepting raggedy old horses that have been neglected or otherwise. If you folks think you're going to make a penny from selling your "extra" horses to this facility, you are dead wrong. They will be raising their own (genetically modified, by the way) and shipping them in from other states - not buying "hayburners", as you put it. Bad idea. Bad for our water. Lousy immagrant worker wages and a bad reputation for Missouri!
Actually, they will be shipping everything overseas, mostly to the European Union. We in American don't eat horses. Everything will go overseas, including the profits.
Otherwise, you nailed it.

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I didn't know everyone in Mt. Grove against horse slaughtering is a horse slaughtering expert. Who cares if the horses are old or in good shape. That has no relevance to the issue. If I want to sell horses I own for slaughter that is my business. If you don't want plant in your town by all means try to get a vote on it. But don't say stuff you know are not true. Would some one please explain to me what a genetically modified horse is and how the blood from these horses is going to get in the watershed. Doesn't the city treat wastewater? So if they are shipping all the horses in to be slaughtered, where does all the horses in Missouri go? I will give you the fact that immigrant workers will more than likely be the majority of the employees and that alone is reason not to bring it in the town.
You don't know anything about horse slaughter either. The plants will not take old, sick horses - that's the difference. If you don't know what genetically modified is, I don't have time to explain it to you here. Get an encyclopedia. The city does treat waste water, BUT, as I posted earlier, horses have twice as much blood as cattle. It overwhelmed the treatment plants at DeKalb, Ill and Kaufman, TX, and horse blood was contaminating everything. Horse blood contains substances that are dangerous to the wild life and insects, etc. and is very difficult to treat. Don't believe me? Http://kaufmanzoning.net . I was there, bro, and I KNOW what I'm talking about.

You are correct about the immigrant workers though.

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atty wrote:
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pls do come to the meeting to tell city u lived it
I would love to! But, I live in Indiana now and I don't think I could possibly make it. However go to http://kaufmanzoning.net . They have all the documentation anyone could ever need.
To Horse Lovers

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#55
Mar 4, 2012
 
Why all the lies? My guess, you're a horse lover.

Fact - The plant will be regulated by the FDA and EPA. Pollution and water contamination comply with federal laws deemed safe.
Fact - If you sell your horse, you made a profit.
Fact - They are a US company, so the profit is taxed. The meat is leaving the country, not the money.
Fact - Entry level jobs start at $12 an hour, jump to $14 within two years.
Fact - The jobs come with benefits
Fact - It will create jobs, IF you are willing to work doing it
Fact - If people do move here, they need housing, food, clothing; Bringing more $ to MG, thus creating more jobs.

I'm truly sorry you don't like the horse slaughter business. But it's regulated, legal, and is going happen.
MorganLvr wrote:
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You know nothing about horse slaughter. There has to be waste water treatment plants around you if you have flush toilets. Horses have almost TWICE as much blood pound for pound as cattle. That's a LOT of blood. It overwhelms the treatment plants - as it did in DeKalb, Ill and Kaufman, TX. Want horse blood running in your gutters?
Horse blood and all other organs are not recycled. Our horses are not regulated as food animals, so they are contaminated with meds and other products - like insecticides - that are banned for use in food animals. Everything is contaminated. They only sell the meat - which IS illegal - and "dispose" of everything else.
Enjoy.
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BS, u have no F ing clue. Go to the TX link that threw them out for not following the law and court orders, U have no idea what u are talking about.They wanted over 20 separate trials for their violations, costing the city more than they ever pd in tax. Once an order was ordered they avoicded it and didn't follow judge order. Read up on it dumb butt.
2. They bring Mexicans to work, not MG residents.
3 Taxes they claim at a loss and put their money overseas. They get ag write offs, they didn't pay enough TaX in TX to support their issues or help the city.
They don't pay tax, as money is shown here as a biz loss, they put the profit in overseas acct where the USA can't tax them. You are blooming dense. It WILL CREATE CRIME, GANGS, DRUGS. You are the dumbutt, I don't want those things. So I can assume you are a gang banger.
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Mar 4, 2012
 
BTW they spilled the same BS to TX and they went back on it all. So, I would say their word is SH*T
atty

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THAT's Horse sh*t
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People keep talking about the water and waste water treatment, I don't think Mtn. Grove city has any water and waste water lines run out there, do they?? Yes I think there is a water tower out that way but I can't see the city running waste water line that far out of town, am I right or not. So they would have to have their own waste water treatment??
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You are correct. They will have to construct lagoons to hold the waist. Where will the waist go once they are full? At 200 to 400 horses a day it won't take long to fill them with blood.
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The slaughter of anything under the premise of population control is not the answer, never has been never will be. This push to get slaughter plants up & running in the US is for profit, nothing more, nothing less. In July 2013 the EU will begin the new passport system. This will for the most part slam the borders shut for american horses exported for Human Consumption as the bute issue can no longer be swept under the rug... the KB's will have a real hard time loading those trailers with horses that have a complete history starting @ 6 months of age....unless the scenerio outlined in this blog ( one of many created by pro-slaughter supporters &fans)were to occur,the intentional breeding of bute free horses ..hardly a solution to address horses already on the ground, huh? http://horsefartsanonymous.wordpress.com/2011...
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#62
Mar 5, 2012
 
Trying to figure out why is horse slaughtering any different then cows and pigs? People complain about the smell and the inhumane treatment of cows, pigs and chickens, but they don't complain about the jobs, the food they eat or biproducts produced from the waste from these animals. Just curious if it's simply because it's a HORSE or because yet again, people don't like change. Like OMG, they will bring people in to train the workers that they do hire from this area, and if these people choose to stay then OMG we might have more people in this area. What are we doing, telling people not to come here? Telling people we don't want change? Just because you think something is unacceptable doesn't mean it's wrong. Don't be so shallow minded and think only you are correct. Do your research, come to your own conclusion, go to the meetings and make up your own mind about what to think and believe, don't base it off everyone's opinion that they leave on topix for god's sake!

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not4it wrote:
Why not build it in Wyoming? 100% of the people are for it.
Wallis tried. Wyoming said, "Oh HELL no!"

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