Plant in Gallatin, Mo., could reopen as a horse slaughter facility

Jul 3, 2013 Full story: The Kansas City Star 82

A small family operation about 70 miles northeast of Kansas City is likely to become the nation's third plant that will slaughter horses and process the meat.

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Curt

United States

#1 Jul 10, 2013
The European Union is going to initiate their passport rules very soon. No horse meat can be accepted without a document that lists all drugs taken in the horses’ lifetime. And you cannot get one once the horse is 6 months or older. There goes most of the horse meat market. This is a stupid idea. NO investor in their right mind would put a penny into this type of operation. The language to de-fund horse slaughter inspection has already been entered into both the house and senate versions of the Ag bill and it is identical so it does not have to undergo conciliation. Sen. Blunt cannot sneakily have it removed like he did in 2011. So when they get their differences resolved over food stamps the bill will be passed this year and horse meat inspections will be de-funded. Then the SAFE act will be passed that will forbid horse slaughter and the transport to slaughter. So anyone that wants to proceed with this business is really, really, really stupid.

“Forehead wrinkle”

Since: Dec 10

Homefries

#2 Jul 10, 2013
OK, so no horses can be accepted...... But can we climb into it's carcass naked with our girlfriend?

“I care more about my character”

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Since: Jun 11

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#3 Jul 10, 2013
Yuk ... horse meat.
Such a noble beast to be slaughtered.
Shane

Mount Vernon, MO

#4 Jul 10, 2013
proof we don't live in a democracy: the needs of
the many outweigh the profits of the 1% but
under corporate fascism: Profit not popular will.
80 % of Americans polled oppose the use of federal
tax money for horse slaughter. Congress has already
voted to defund federal inspections for horse meat.
Each new plant will cost $300,000 a year in tax
money when there isn't enough in the budget now
to inspect beef, pork, etc. Yet permits are issued
for horse slaughter anyway ! Why ? Because as
Mark Twain once said, we have the best government
money can buy and Missouri/Senator Blunt among
the most corrupt.
war horse

Mount Vernon, MO

#5 Jul 11, 2013
for want of conscience a Senator lost,
for want of a Senator a state was lost,
for want of a state, democracy was lost,
for want of democracy, a town was destroyed,
all for want of conscience.
People of Gallatin would be wise to stop
the first shipment of horses for slaughter
before it begins.
Don't wait for the buzzards to claim your town.
Too late then !
Curious

Sedalia, MO

#6 Jul 11, 2013
What should be done with old horses, or excess horses?

Just leave them to neglect?

Why is slaughtering a horse such a bad thing?

If someone wants to slaughter their own horse, who has the right to stop them? By what authority does anyone have the right to tell someone else what they can or cannot do with their own private property? Horses are nothing more than livestock.

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Since: Nov 10

Powellton WV

#7 Jul 11, 2013
Thanks a lot.....

That just ruined an otherwise pleasant day.

I'm guessing everyone knows my feeling on
this subject. I'll have to check and see what
kind of protest is going on. Also if there
are any petitions against it yet....

Pretty damn pathetic if you ask me.
Yet another way to inflict trauma on
these wonderful animals.
war horse

Mount Vernon, MO

#8 Jul 11, 2013
@ Curious a.K.a. mindy patterson or one of her
would be investors in horse slaughter :

1. everyone knows horse slaughter plants for food
don't take old horses, only healthy ones. This
isn't the days of glue factories. Get with the
twenty first century, clueless.
2. "excess" horses are created by commercial horse
breeders like your friends in the race horse,
quarter horse crowd. What do we do with "excess"
idiots like yourself ? Ban them from Topix ? What
shall we do with "excess" puppies and kittens ?
Can them and sell them to China ? After all they
are only "livestock" !Whereas you are a soulless
profiteer who would sell horse meat with cancer
causing substances to school kids, like Slaughterhouse Sue, if it would turn a profit.
3. starting a horse slaughter plant isn't some
sacrosanct "property" exchange between horse owner
and plant owner because it endangers the health
of everyone surrounding it and because federal
taxmoney will be used to inspect meat from it.
Therefore many people have a right to object to
it ! If horses are no more than livestock,
your "mind" if I may use the term loosely, is
certainly "deadstock, solid oak and thick as a
brick. Try thinking for a change instead of
repeating Slaughterhouse Sue's script. I've seen
it a thousand times before. At least try new
lies, if only for the sake of variety Curious !

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Since: Nov 10

Powellton WV

#9 Jul 11, 2013
Curious wrote:
What should be done with old horses, or excess horses?
Just leave them to neglect?
Why is slaughtering a horse such a bad thing?
If someone wants to slaughter their own horse, who has the right to stop them? By what authority does anyone have the right to tell someone else what they can or cannot do with their own private property? Horses are nothing more than livestock.
Slaughtering a horse on your own property (your
horse or whatever) IS illegal. It's considered to be
torture of an animal and animal cruelty.

There ARE laws against inhumane treatment of animals
and horses are NOT feed animals in this country.
morgansinkc

Richmond, MO

#10 Jul 11, 2013
Please sign the petition to ban horse slaughter in the U.S.:
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ban-horse-sl...
Here is another petition, this one to Stop Horse Slaughter Factory in Missouri:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/925/215/246/st...
morgansinkc

Richmond, MO

#11 Jul 11, 2013
I am against the USDA opening up inspections for the proposed horse slaughter plant in Gallatin, Missouri, or in any other city or county in Missouri or in the United States. Horses in the U.S. are not raised for human consumption.

They are our friends and companions, and as such horses are treated with drugs like cats and dogs to a wide variety of vaccinations, bacterins, topical and oral treatments that are not approved for human consumption. We use gloves with topical treatments such as Surpass, because we don't want equine drugs touching our skin, let alone consuming them.

It's not economical to raise horses for slaughter in the U.S., because it takes a whole lot more money to feed a horse than it does a bovine (or cow), for example. The USDA has no business inspecting a horse slaughter plant that by default will be receiving horses that are not fit for human consumption. The horses they will be receiving have not been raised drug-free for human consumption. That's a fact.

As a grower of corn, wheat and soybeans, the USDA's reputation directly affects many. The European Union, which is where most of the horse meat would go, has a zero tolerance for Bute (Phenylbutazone), which is routinely given to horses in the U.S. It is estimated that 90% of horses in the U.S. have been treated with this drug, not to mention all of the other drugs.

There is no way to test for all of these drugs on every horse destined for slaughter. If you don't believe me, then keep reading. We had a horse at one of the Universities that was sick and on the premises of the University, and it took two days for us to get the test results of one test. Many tests would need to be run on each horse, and there is no way to do this in a timely fashion.

Most of the horses destined for slaughter are young or middle-aged, and in the prime of their lives. Two that have been rescued from slaughter have gone on and are now showing at the Morgan Grand National level.

Horse slaughter has no place in America.
morgansinkc

Richmond, MO

#12 Jul 11, 2013
"According to the USDA, each horse slaughter facility...would cost U.S. taxpayers over $400,000 per year in operation costs." http://moran.house.gov/press-release/moran-st...
morgansinkc

Richmond, MO

#13 Jul 11, 2013
I have posted two petitions in this thread. Thanks.

“Forehead wrinkle”

Since: Dec 10

Homefries

#14 Jul 12, 2013
If this plant does get approved, I have questions.....because I don't know about this stuff.

1 - Where will these horses come from?
2 - Will horses now be raised specifically for slaughter? If so, why not just stick with cows?

Just curious, that's all.....

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Since: Jun 11

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#15 Jul 12, 2013
DILF wrote:
If this plant does get approved, I have questions.....because I don't know about this stuff.
1 - Where will these horses come from?
2 - Will horses now be raised specifically for slaughter? If so, why not just stick with cows?
Just curious, that's all.....
1) Many wild horses are still about, but I think they would raise them like cows for slaughter ...... NOT with my approval.
2) Horses cannot be raised with cattle. Cows have one set of lower teeth and must wrap their tongue around tall grass and shear it off. Horses have 2 sets of teeth and clip the grass too low for cows to get a grip. That why the ratio is about 1 horse to 30 cows on a pasture. Horses take grass right down to the dirt.

More useless knowledge from Bex, lol.

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#16 Jul 12, 2013
That should be "that cows have 1 set of lower front teeth". They have 2 sets in the back for chewing.

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Vincit qui se vincit

#17 Jul 12, 2013
Beautiful Black Molly wrote:
<quoted text>
1) Many wild horses are still about, but I think they would raise them like cows for slaughter ...... NOT with my approval.
2) Horses cannot be raised with cattle. Cows have one set of lower teeth and must wrap their tongue around tall grass and shear it off. Horses have 2 sets of teeth and clip the grass too low for cows to get a grip. That why the ratio is about 1 horse to 30 cows on a pasture. Horses take grass right down to the dirt.
More useless knowledge from Bex, lol.
Remember when Jack n the Box used horse meat many years ago?

“Forehead wrinkle”

Since: Dec 10

Homefries

#18 Jul 12, 2013
Beautiful Black Molly wrote:
<quoted text>
1) Many wild horses are still about, but I think they would raise them like cows for slaughter ...... NOT with my approval.
2) Horses cannot be raised with cattle. Cows have one set of lower teeth and must wrap their tongue around tall grass and shear it off. Horses have 2 sets of teeth and clip the grass too low for cows to get a grip. That why the ratio is about 1 horse to 30 cows on a pasture. Horses take grass right down to the dirt.
More useless knowledge from Bex, lol.
Thanks Bex.....I like knowlege!!!! It's a good thing.
I wouldn't want a horse slaughter facility.... but it would be hard for me to argue cow vs. horse in an argument.

“Forehead wrinkle”

Since: Dec 10

Homefries

#19 Jul 12, 2013
Ricky F wrote:
<quoted text>Remember when Jack n the Box used horse meat many years ago?
Yeah, some real tasty burgers....nice and juicy.

“I care more about my character”

Level 7

Since: Jun 11

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#20 Jul 12, 2013
Ricky F wrote:
<quoted text>Remember when Jack n the Box used horse meat many years ago?
Yep .... but lucky me, I'm not a fast food eater. Never been much for it.
I have issues with people handling my food, lol.

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