Horse meat processing plant proposed in the Ozarks

Feb 23, 2012 Full story: KYTV Springfield 173

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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against it

Lawson, MO

#64 Mar 5, 2012
curious wrote:
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!
Honestly, if you had done your research....you wouldn't be asking why we are all upset. I'm not trying to force my opinion on anyone, but from what all I've read, I really think this will hurt us rather than help us. I do agree that everyone should do their own research and draw their own conclusion.
Horse ranch owner

Branson, MO

#65 Mar 6, 2012
Stinky chicken wrote:
Horse slaughter is the answer to groves economy. I suport it. We need low paying jobs here to keep the government money and the health insurance (medicaid) coming in. More I think about it, what can people here actually do? They have been on welfare so long they don't know what to do. Killing horses and making hamburger is a great fit for this work force.
Well you could move away
FYI

Springfield, MO

#66 Mar 6, 2012
http://www.harnesslink.com/www/Article.cgi...

It was rejected by Mountain Grove.
lmao

United States

#67 Mar 7, 2012
People get welfare no matter where they live from cali to fl to washington to alaska. I agree mountainn grove, cabool need jobs. But ruining our creeks and rivers and land isnt really worth it. Then it says they are going to bring their own workers, so how will the people of grove and cabool benefit from that? You guys need to be nice even if we cant agree to disagree. What plant does grove have that the people are always complaining stink? Now you want more lol, i hope you live far out of the city. Now everyone be nice, this is not a fight its a discussion.
Pulitzer

Euless, TX

#68 Mar 7, 2012
just saying wrote:
I personally own horses in mtn grove the slaughter house is a GREAT idea horses are not pets they are considered livestock look at your personal property tax forms.If you were to read the back of a tube of horse wormer or any other equine medication it says do not use on horses intended for food. 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
Actually there are laws on the oks for horse abuse and it is quite rare. The business described by this foreign company has little to do with sick, lamb, and old horses, They will be breeding on site for human consumption and transporting with minimum inspection for diseases. Not to mention the waste products for those numbers?
Pulitzer

Euless, TX

#69 Mar 7, 2012
FYI wrote:
http://www.harnesslink.com/www /Article.cgi?ID=96151
It was rejected by Mountain Grove.
Good to hear and thank you for the information. I'm sure S&H will appreciate that too.

“In the picture, I'm the biped,”

Since: Sep 07

Dallas, Texas

#70 Mar 7, 2012
Republican Investor wrote:
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.
Fabricated horror stories? You accuse Paula Bacon, ex-Mayor of Kaufman, TX of being a liar? Since I lived and owned horses in Dallas - 30 miles from Kaufman - and that wasn't far enough. We didn't get the pollution and stench, but we DID get the horse theft. You wouldn't understand how terrified we horse owners were. We KNEW what horse slaughter was like and the thought of our beloved horses ending up that way was unbearable.

When they hit our boarding stable - which had good security - in 1991 and took the horse in the stall next to mine, the one across the isle from mine and another down the isle, I'd had it. I think that was the biggest shock I've ever had and MY horse was still there. Dallas is my home town, but I couldn't take it any more. My husband and I packed up horse, dogs and us and moved to his native Indiana. We are there still.

“In the picture, I'm the biped,”

Since: Sep 07

Dallas, Texas

#71 Mar 7, 2012
FYI wrote:
http://www.harnesslink.com/www /Article.cgi?ID=96151
It was rejected by Mountain Grove.
I think they missed your comment. Allow me. Mountain Grove Town Council REJECTS Horse Slaughter Plant!
http://rtfitchauthor.com/2012/03/07/breaking-...

DID EVERYONE GET THIS! MOUNTAIN GROVE SAID NO!
Not over

United States

#72 Mar 7, 2012
It isn't over, more meetings. The council hasn't decided. Call Lindsey and see for yourself. They have another anti meeting planned in Cabool, if it was over they would not bother. It isn't over, don't let the news lull you into it. All it meant was ppl didn't want it. There is still legal presentations and more to go thru.

“In the picture, I'm the biped,”

Since: Sep 07

Dallas, Texas

#73 Mar 7, 2012
To Horse Lovers wrote:
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.
<quoted text>
As I said, you know nothing about horse slaughter or how the plants operate. Since I lived and owned horses only 30 miles from Kaufman for 15 years, I'm confident I DO know what I'm talking about and you are from another planet.

The plants used undocumented workers because they have no recourse to the authorities when OSHA rules are ignored. They did NOT have hospitalization because this is an extremely dangerous job (per OSHA) and Kaufman had to use their own dime. They racked up millions of dollars in fines for sewer and water violations that the NEVER paid. It was the same with the plant in Illinois, by the way. They almost bankrupt Kaufman in litigation trying to collect those fines.

Besides being very dangerous, these jobs were minimum wage, de-humanizing, thus very high turnover, miserable working conditions - it's very cold on the kill floor and they have to keep up with the fast moving assembly line. That's partly why the job is so dangerous. Workers can also get kicked by improperly stunned horses of which there are many. I SAW this happen!

After making millions of dollars - ALL of which went overseas WITH the meat - they paid exactly FIVE DOLLARS in Federal taxes. See the check stub for yourself: http://kaufmanzoning.net

If your horses is STOLEN you get nothing but heartbreak - as four of my friends can tell you from personal experience. And that's just from ONE barn!! Hearing about another stolen horse was an almost daily occurrence as owners tried to keep each other informed.

I don't know WHO gave you those figures you posted. Must have been Wallis herself or one of her little sock puppets. Wallis does have trouble with the truth - just look at how her story has changed just in the Leader articles.

As I said - you KNOW nothing so you believe lies you WANT to believe. Sorry, too many of us have been there, done that in the last few years.
Not over

United States

#74 Mar 7, 2012
Wallace lied to me personally twice when I asked questions. She is being investigated for fraud, securities and gambling in her state of WY.

Wy didn't want the plant and thru it out, she seems to be getting greedy for money. My bet is this is about her pocketbook or kickbacks.
Neighbor

Cameron, MO

#75 Mar 7, 2012
Here is the link to MacPherson's impact report if you missed it: http://puppies.burningbird.net/pdfs/horseslau...
ignorance is bliss

Collins, MO

#76 Mar 7, 2012
You bunch of idiots you are to dumb to even breath our precious air from here in your precious ozarks.God forbid anyone from getting horse blood in the big piney you know the run off. LOL Now b4 you get on my spelling just take a gander how dumb it looks and multiply it by 10000000000000000000 and you can see your selves
dick fitswell

United States

#77 Mar 7, 2012
ignorance is bliss wrote:
You bunch of idiots you are to dumb to even breath our precious air from here in your precious ozarks.God forbid anyone from getting horse blood in the big piney you know the run off. LOL Now b4 you get on my spelling just take a gander how dumb it looks and multiply it by 10000000000000000000 and you can see your selves
Another cabool fool talking out his ass. Is that #you give how many times you bent over for Lindsey!
ignorance is bliss

Collins, MO

#78 Mar 7, 2012
Dog gone it you told our secret and glad you D**k fit well mr.would not brag on having a hole that big in my behind if I was you.but you said it fit well sir
ignorance is bliss

Collins, MO

#79 Mar 7, 2012
LOL LOL LOL from the grove by the way
ignorance is bliss

Collins, MO

#80 Mar 7, 2012
Well gotta go my horse steak is burning LOL LOL

“In the picture, I'm the biped,”

Since: Sep 07

Dallas, Texas

#81 Mar 7, 2012
fairwarning wrote:
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...
You are right, except horses will have to be microchipped before the age of 6 mo, establishing a permanent ID. However, that won't do anything unless the USDA spends no telling how many millions of tax dollars to completely re-do their systems and set up a database for the microchipped horses. Also EVERY horse owner will also be mandated to get a passport that's supposed to stay with the horse EVERYWHERE the horse goes. This is not just for slaughter bound horses - it is mandatory for EVERY horse owner, whether you would ever send your horse to slaughter or not. That's on top of the 5-6 million tax dollars every year to inspect these places.

Wallis and her cronies ran this ENTIRE campaign - even to falsifying a GAO report - on the "unwanted" horses that were piling up since the domestic plants shut down. Besides the fact that we were sending just as many horses to slaughter in Mexico and Canada as we did when the domestic plants were open, breeding even more horses doesn't sound like the welfare of the (fictitious) "unwanted" horse epidemic is uppermost in their minds, does it?

“In the picture, I'm the biped,”

Since: Sep 07

Dallas, Texas

#82 Mar 7, 2012
Not over wrote:
It isn't over, more meetings. The council hasn't decided. Call Lindsey and see for yourself. They have another anti meeting planned in Cabool, if it was over they would not bother. It isn't over, don't let the news lull you into it. All it meant was ppl didn't want it. There is still legal presentations and more to go thru.
It was reported to the Equine Welfare Alliance late last evening by people who were THERE that the Town Council DID vote and rejected the plant. Unless they imagined it of course.
Connie

United States

#83 Mar 7, 2012
Stinky chicken wrote:
Horse slaughter is the answer to groves economy. I suport it. We need low paying jobs here to keep the government money and the health insurance (medicaid) coming in. More I think about it, what can people here actually do? They have been on welfare so long they don't know what to do. Killing horses and making hamburger is a great fit for this work force.


This entire issue makes me sick! For all of my 64 years I have loved and cared for animals and presently operate a horse rescue here in Missouri at which I take in abused and neglected horses....and this plan is proposing to KILL gorgeous, fat and healthy animals just for a few "low paying jobs"! Slaughter plants don't want thin, old animals that I try to help - they want horses that have good weight...and no doubt have been someones "best friend"! Everyone better watch their beloved horses out in their pasture, because the idiots out there to make a buck will be stealing horses right out of your field. These plants are pushed by people that want the horse prices to go back up...as they raise them and make a living doing so.....never thinking about the well being of these beautiful animals. Horses are NOT like cattle, sheep, goats...and anyone that has owned and love a horse knows that...they deserve better than being slaughtered by greedy people just in it for the money! I am sooo disappointed in the State of Missouri and your county and community for even considering having this plant located there.

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