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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#65 Jul 18, 2013
are they using $400,000 a year of your federal
tax money to start up the horse slaughter plant in
Gallatin Missouri which will begin killing horses
sometime after August 5 ? Yes. Did you vote 'no"
on this through your representatives ? Yes Congress
voted to defund tax money going to horse meat
inspection again this year for the seventh year in
a row. Predatory opportunists have used the failure
to get an agricultural appropriations budget signed
as a green light to start killing horses. Can you
say 'no taxation without representation' which is
what this is ? Missouri is being railroaded into
horse slaughter and so is democracy in the process.
The hype put out by the few fat profiteers
who want Americans to be the next unsuspecting eaters of toxic horse meat mixed in with their
beef lasagna (Europe didn't like it) is that killing horses is the Final Solution to horse
over-breeding. But horse over breeding is caused
by the same commercial breeders of race horses and
quarter horses who are pushing for the return of
horse slaughter plants ! Can you say fox guarding
the hen house ? Can you think in your lifetime of
a practice being allowed that was opposed by 80%
of Americans, and voted down by Congress, but was
railroaded through by a few profiteers ? When the
first trailer of horses appear at the gates of
Gallatin, there will be no doubt that democracy
is dead and we live under the tyranny of corporate
fascism. Don't stand by and let it happen.
#70 Jul 29, 2013
proud of it...!
Below are points of truth from the Animal Law Coalition and Equine Welfare Alliance.
Horses are our companions and pets; they helped build this country and still work in the military and law enforcement and, provide entertainment in horse racing, shows and other sports and exhibitions. Horses are not raised for food in the U.S.
The slaughter of horses simply cannot be made humane: Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM & former Chief USDA Inspector, told Congress in 2008 that the captive bolt used to slaughter horses is simply not effective. Horses, in particular, are very sensitive about anything coming towards their heads and cannot be restrained as required for effective stunning. Dr. Friedlander stated, "These animals regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck, they are fully aware they are being vivisected." The Government Accountability Office and dozens of veterinarians and other witnesses have confirmed that ineffective stunning is common and animals are conscious during slaughter.
The FDA does not regulate American horsemeat as food because there is no market for it in the U.S. and most importantly, horsemeat is dangerous, if not deadly, for humans to consume. Horses are given all manner of drugs, steroids, de-wormers and ointments throughout their lives. Horses are not tracked and typically may have several owners. A kill buyer has no idea of the veterinary or drug history of a horse taken to slaughter, and many of the most dangerous drugs have no or a very long withdrawal period. A typical drug given routinely to horses like aspirin, Bute, is a carcinogen and can cause aplastic anemia in humans. Bute is banned in all food producing animals and there is no withdrawal period.
The availability of slaughter actually increases the numbers of excess horses on the market. Slaughter creates a salvage or secondary market that encourages overbreeding. Banning slaughter would reduce the number of excess horses. Slaughter is not "an alternative" for so called unwanted horses or horses in need. Slaughter is a for profit industry driven by a demand for horsemeat, and has nothing to do with the numbers of excess or unwanted horses. Slaughter actually encourages overbreeding and adds to the problem of horses in need. The USDA has confirmed more than 92% of horses that end up at slaughter are healthy; they are not unwanted, neglected or abused. Horses are in need right now because of the economy and, in fact, slaughter is still available which is further proof that lack of slaughter does not result in excess or unwanted horses. Just the opposite!
#71 Jul 29, 2013
When horse slaughter was in place before 2007 you didn't see any horse meat in the market. If there was money to be made it would have been in every grocery store, with ads on TV right next to the ED ads. They might have even listed it as a cure for ED. The US does not eat horse meat (except for a few wackos that also eat a little human flesh now and then), But not horse meat. I was on the protest line at $laughter $ue Wallis' Mountain Grove investors meeting and I will stand up to fight against any horse slaughter plant in Mo. or anywhere in the USA It is a horrific business. Horses are not raised for slaughter, and are not fit for human consumption. Even the EU is going to require very strict regulations that will effectively ban American horse meat in 2013. So Gallatin will be left with all of the pollution, stench, unusable blood and horse parts and a bad reputation without a market for their meat and a huge bill for their investors. All they will have left is a lagoon full of unusable blood.
#72 Jul 29, 2013
1.Kill buyers will bring them from auctions around the country usually without knowing their medical history and the drugs that are banned for human consumption but hey they can write anythihg
2. They can raise them for slaughter but it costs 3-4 times as much to raise a horse as a cow.
They don't want the old and sick horses they are rejected the average slaughter horse is 6 years old and in good health
Since: Dec 10
#73 Jul 30, 2013
Maybe they can convert from horse slaughter to St. Bernard. Those animals are big, with lot's of meat on them. They do taste good in a stew, trust me.
#74 Jul 30, 2013
#75 Jul 31, 2013
#77 Aug 5, 2013
Well, it's a done deal!!!
There will be an operational slaughter facility receiving horses, ponies and mules by the end of January. USDA inspected pony patties will be on the shelves of your local stores shortly afterward.
I know that this issue is a bit emotionally charged for some of the less "stable" among us, but to them I only can say; Before you get your panties all balled up in a twist, at least try a meal or two with an equine entree'. Horse meat is nutritious, tasty and low in fat and cholesterol.
Since: Dec 10
#78 Aug 5, 2013
Wait a minute!!!
I've heard about "horse patties"....if it's what I'm thinking then I'm truly disgusted!!!! Only people in Edmonton should be made to eat that.
#79 Aug 5, 2013
@observant a.k.a. an investor in Rains about to
lose their investment. Complete B.S.! By January,
Congress will have defunded federal inspectors for
horse meat. No inspectors = no sales of horse meat
anywhere. This is just one of the investors seeking
to whistle in the graveyard after the funeral is
over ! There will be no horse slaughter in Gallatin
Missouri! This is just someone trying to scam other
investors duped into putting money into a very bad
idea ! The owner in the proposed plant in Sigourney
Iowa has already said he's going back into beef after
the federal injunction last Friday. Speaking of
stability, Observant how stable is it for someone
not to see the writing on the wall: Americans will
not see their federal tax money used to kick start
horse slaughter to sell toxic meat! Consider this:
since the price of beef is high as it is what do
you think the effect on the cattle industry would be if people became suspicious their beef was now
being mixed with toxic horse meat ? Not good for
the cattle industry at all ! Now roll that up in
your panties, Observant and smoke it in whatever
you've been smoking that makes you blind to reality !
#80 Aug 5, 2013
and here's the real story about Gallatin
cf. headline above too !
Missouri D.N.R. can deny permit for use of wastewater lagoon.
#81 Aug 9, 2013
According to that article, two other plants are operating... One in Iowa, and the other in New Mexico. The article also indicated that the delay in the permitting process for the Missouri plant is due to a frivolous lawsuit filed by a hyper-emotional individual whom would be personally "aggrieved" if horse owners were allowed to manage their own livestock as they see fit.
Yes, the Dept. of Natural Resources can deny the permit, however it has to show good cause for doing so. Protecting the fragile emotions of the mentally unstable is not legal grounds for impeding commerce or usurping the property rights of others.
As long as reasonable measures are taken to control runoff from the site, and protect the environment, the DNR will be required to issue and enforce the necessary permits. While those opposed to this operation might like to believe that the DNR has the authority to block industries that they do not like, this simply is not the case. Regulatory agencies do not exist to serve the greedy, emotional demands of the mentally unhinged.
#82 Aug 9, 2013
@ Observant (Not !) a.k.a. disappointed investor
in a monumentally stupid idea: horse slaughter when
Europe has just banned horsemeat imported from
United States, Canada, or Mexico. Still following the
script laid out for you by Mindy Patterson, Slaughterhouse Sue like the mindless parrots you
are ! Once again, since you claim opposition to
horse-slaughter is based on "hyper emotional,
mentally unstable individuals" then it follows
logically that since 80% of Americans are opposed
to it, then you must believe that 80% of Americans
are hyper emotional and mentally unstable. Hmmm..
while you, Slaughterhouse Sue, Mindy Patterson,
the true sociopaths, the 20% minority are normal!
What's wrong with this picture,(Non) Observant?
Question: how is it that the individual who doesn't
want her groundwater contaminated with toxic horse
blood is "greedy" while you and your investors who
don't give a d**n about contamination aren't greedy? Now please explain to us all how it is
logical to promote a product for which there is
no market: horse meat banned in both the United
States and Europe ? Heres your problem,(Non) Observant, those who don't have a logical argument
simply resort to attacking the persons who oppose
them: "hyper emotional, mentally unstable etc."
I guess you think the judges who issued these
restraining orders are also "hyper emotional and
mentally unstable" too ? Funny isn't it Sue how
the whole world is hyper emotional and mentally
unstable except you alone ? What are the odds of
that do you suppose, Freud only knows ?!
#83 Aug 9, 2013
P.S.(Non) Observant: get your facts right : two
other plants aren't operating ! Two federal judges
have issued restraining orders against opening them
pending environmental impact studies required by
law ! Does your crude Orwellian 1984 propaganda
tell you that investors in Missouri won't know
about the restraining orders against plants opening
in Roswell and Sigourney if you tell them this on
a little Topix site ?! Wow, three reincarnations in
a row with continual psychotherapy wouldn't help you,
Slaughterhouse Sue, if you are that delusional !
I suggest you stop believing that slaughtering horses
will somehow cure your sociopathy. You were born
without a conscience. Nothing can be done about that, no matter how much suffering you cause to
those who fall within your power, including horses.
Try a different obsession, Sue, than starting
slaughter plants. You could begin by losing weight
and preparing to answer some questions in the
Herafter on Judgement Day about those who profit
“Perasaan kita sama â¡”
Since: Jun 11
#84 Aug 9, 2013
#85 Aug 13, 2013
now this really is a done deal. Iowa plant
has dropped horse slaughter plants in Sigourney
Iowa. Read it and weep Sociopath Sue ! http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/13/3560375...
#86 Oct 13, 2013
Well folks, it must have finally happened!
I was able to finally find some horse meat at the HyVee in Liberty! The roast I got turned out delicious and juicy and is great for making sandwiches... Just add a little horseradish sauce, of course!
Bon appetite !!!
#87 Dec 17, 2013
Well folks, get ready for some drama.
The hysterical emotions are about to start.
This should be interesting to watch!
#88 Dec 17, 2013
And there they go.... HA!
#89 Dec 17, 2013
bob for road apples dude then wait for the steamroller to flatten you
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