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5 Applicants Want to Be USDA’s First Horse Slaughter Client

UPDATE:  Since originally published this morning, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) public affairs staff have provided Food Safety News with copies of the applications for equine inspection services.  The FSIS officials did so in part to illustrate that most of the applications are not complete in the sense that items are missing or not filled out correctly, meaning, an  official says, they “are not even close to having a walk through with FSIS.”  From those applications, some additional information has been added to this story.

One thing is certain. The future of horse slaughter in the U.S. is being fought out mostly in small towns.

From Larkspur, Colorado (population 234), the anti-slaughter Front Range Equine Rescue group Thursday disclosed the names of four more horse slaughter applicants.

The four are in addition to New Mexico’s Valley Meat, which is located outside Roswell (pop. 48,386).  The five in total have applied for federal meat inspection services under the “equine” option on USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service forms.

Valley Meat’s application, filed Dec. 13, 2011,  has been known for months both because Front Range Equine Rescue has been opposing it, and because the business has gone into federal court in hopes it can get a federal judge to order FSIS to provide inspection services.

The others are managed to stay beneath the radar, until now. They are:

  • Rains Natural Meats, Gallatin, Missouri (pop. 1,791). Located in rural Northwest Missouri, Rains is a division of Pro Show Enterprises Inc., also based in Gallatin.   In its Jan. 15, 2013 cover letter, manager David Rains writes: “We area already starting the changes in our HACCP Plan to address drug residue in horses.”
  • Trail South Meat Processing in Woodbury, Tennessee (pop. 2681). Trail South is listed in one foreign trade directory as a supplier of boxed frozen horsemeat to Asia and Europe. Founded in 2012, Stanley Dobson is listed as chief executive officer.  It is owned by Trail South LLC based in Auburntown, TN.  Its application is dated June 1, 2012.
  • Oklahoma Meat Co. in Washington, Oklahoma (pop 520). Ahsan Amil is listed as the owner/manager on the May 18, 2012 application.  Washington is just 30 minutes south of Norman, home of the University of Oklahoma.
  • Responsible Transportation, Sigourney, Iowa (pop. 2059). Work is reportedly underway in Southeast Iowa to turn the old Louis Rich Plant north of town into a horse slaughter facility. Responsible Transportation LLC wants to be up and running by late spring or early summer 2013. It has the editorial support of the local newspaper, the Sigourney News-Review.  Keaton Walker is president and chief executive officer for Responsible Transportation LLC.

 

USDA’s Des Moines district office wrote Responsible Transportation on Dec. 26, 2012 to advise the firm that it “cannot begin operations until a Conditional Grant of Inspection is issued, and provided a worksheet that needed to be completed “before or during” a walk-through.

Valley Meat is owned by Sarah and Ricardo de los Santos, and was previously a beef plant that ran into financial problems and was forced to cutback operations.

Some of Oklahoma’s top lawmakers have been moving legislation to lift the state ban on horse slaughter as long as the meat is processed for export only.  At the same time, new efforts are underway in Congress to re-impose the ban on horse slaughter that was lifted more than a year ago after being in place for about five years.

Originally, USDA declined to provide copies of the applications outside of the  formal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process, but since the request filed by the Colorado horse rescue group was approved, FSIS opted to provide them to Food Safety News.

With no domestic “sale barn” option for disposing of horses since the last legal horse slaughter plant closed down in 2007, some experts say the “unintended consequences” have been more cruelty to the animals now than before.  The Government Accountability Office (GAO) of Congress documented those concerns in a report two years ago, and the Obama Administration and Congress opted to lift the ban a year later.

© Food Safety News
  • ScottHurd

    The failure to harvest this protein under USDA inspection leads to neglect and abuse. See my blog at Meatingplace and the AVMA position on horse slaughter for details

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001433672396 Janna Lukens

      That may be your opinion, but it is one not based on facts. You can blog your opinion all you want, but it is still nothing more than the regurgitation of pro-slaughter propaganda.

    • Barbara Griffith

      What do you mean “harvest this protein”? Horses in the US were never meant to be used as food.
      No one eats horse meat here and they never will. US horse meat is contaminated with Vet Drugs that humans are not supposed to ingest. Drugs like Phenylbutazone which was banned in food animals in the 1950s by the FDA because of the serious side effects and deaths it caused. 99% of all US bred horses is given this drug when they need it for pain. The FDA said that there is no safe levels of Bute in animals intended for human consumption and bans the administration of this drug in any horse sent for slaughter for human consumption.

      • fearnot

        funny thing this drug comment,.. for years horse meat was shipped from the USA to other countries where NO ONE dropped dead from eating it

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589983950 Kelly Blevins

          Cancer did develop,again please enlighten us as to where you are getting your knowledge ? Dave Douchette and Sue Walruses book of horse slaughter ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589983950 Kelly Blevins

      Again you demonstrate you sir are an idiot,, If you approve this then you should also be charged with Bio terrorism as it is no different and the American public will be contacting their Congressmen and Senators and demanding it be seen as such.Why do you eaters not realize that the fraud has been removed and the 10 fold demand will now be a 10 fold decrease anyone investing money into these plants would obviously have more money than brains,, And no AG GAG Bill will stop the exposure of cruelty and the little houses of horror will come tumbling down.You also need to educate yourself on something call funding,, The USDA is crippled and the American public’s meat is in jeopardy why the hell would we want more taken from our own inspections so fat foreigners can dine on our horses.I hope investors know what is coming before they loose their hard earned money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Suzanne-Bryant/100000679166922 Suzanne Bryant

    Striking to me is the level of interest in a niche industry supporting overseas consumers and profiteers. Here’s some additional information to round out the very vague story here.

    The “top lawmakers” pushing for horse slaughter in OK also happen to own family run Livestock Auctions, no conflict of interest there, right? The de los Santos Slaughterhouse was cited for cruelty to animals and not adhering to the Humane Slaughter Act when slaughtering cattle – but they’ll figure it out for horses? They’ve also been fined for improper carcass disposal and having piles of dead bodies and offal lying around their yard, baking in the sun.

    How the USDA can justify spending millions of tax dollars on inspecting meat, well known to be unregulated, tainted and toxic, for a foreign market while facing massive budget cuts and fuloughs for meat inspectors is completely beyond me. The GAO report also suggested that we end the slaughter of horses as well as their transport across the borders to slaughter. That, and only that, will end the needless suffering of animals never intended for the food supply.

    The “sale barn” never closed. The slaughter option has been available at countless auctions across the country, proving that having the slaughter option doesn’t help with population control or welfare issues. Even without slaughter, the sales barns will be able to continue to sell animals – only a scant 1% of the 9,000,000 + horses in the country are ever sold to slaughter. We could easily absord the animals via reduced breeding, owner responsibility and rescue/retirement/sanctuary programs.

    Finally, the Obama Admin. and Congress had the lifting of the “ban” (horse slaughter defunding language previously included in the Ag. Appropriations laws) tucked to them via a back room deal involving three crooked legislators and an omnibus bill that would have shut down government had it not been passed and signed into law.

    Please, everyone call your legislators and ask them to support the S.A.F.E. Act! The time has come to stop the predatory, unacceptably inhumane and completely unsafe practice of commercialized horse slaughter for human consumption. The Equine Community is ready to step up, we just need the Meat Industry to get out of our business!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001433672396 Janna Lukens

      Well said!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ellen.harvey.921 Ellen Harvey

    Why the provision for export only? Because it is OK to poison non Americans with tainted meat but not US citizens? No domestic horse gets through life without exposure/consumption of one of the substances that are supposed to take them out of the food chain. Why does horse wormer have an FDA warning on the side of the box that says “Not for horses intended foir human consumption?” Horses are not grown in this country with the intention that they will be for human consumption and thus they are given alot of medications and even fly spray that make them unsafe to eat. Has anyone talked to the folks down in Texas about the plant that closed there? Zillions in fines for horse blood and by products in the water system, almost nothing returned in the way of taxes. Take a look at kaufmanzoning.net.

  • ziggypop

    Well, it has been proven that where there is horse slaughter, there is a marked increase in VIOLENT CRIME, and decrease in home values. Horse slaughtering requires a very different psychology, as they are not a meat animal. It mostly attracts released from prison criminals and illegals.

    Also required is a very different sewage capability, that taxpayers would have to pay to update to handle quite a large increase in blood. Horse have far more blood than does cattle. Then there is the disposal of the carcasses, that tends to get a little smelly.

    The pipeline to slaughter is horrific in and of itself. These guys do not care about illnesses in these horses or known carcinogens in the horses’ meat. No scruples in those who enjoy rounding up horses to kill.

    I wish someone would tell us why tons and tons of illegal horse meat has been shipped into this Country and where is it?

    And why is the USDA NOT watching out for you and me over these alleged horsemen wanting you and I to be complicit in their horse abuse and toxic tainted meat our TAX expense?

    • fearnot

      the answer is obvious. it is because you don’t pay enough taxes..paying more taxes is the solution to everything.. just ask the government

    • fearnot

      yu are correct horse have more blood.. blood i good for fertilizer and for spraying in dog kibble for taste.. why is the disposal of the carcass any different than any other type of livestock.. they render horses all fo the time..

      • ziggypop

        You are wrong about the blood. It flows via the public systems sparky.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandi.turner.3367 Brandi Turner

    ScottHurd, I have not read your blog, but Sir you surely know that horses have not been raised for food production. That being said, these animals are given drugs that are not allowed in food animals. These drugs are toxic to humans (there is a reason that horse meat is no longer allowed in dog food, it was killing the dogs and any animal that was eating this product) and so why should we assume that it would not hurt humans. Sir, the animals that have been slaughtered from the US in Canada and Mexico have shown that these animals are contaminated with the banned drugs. How can you as a responsible American think that it is okay for this meat to be sold to unsuspecting consumers?? We do not have to keep track of the drugs that are given to our horses like is required for all other slaughter animals. Again, I ask since it has been shown that toxic horses are being sold for meat, how can you condone us poisoning the world.

    • fearnot

      can you cite a source that says horsemeat in dog food killed dogs? my dogs ate it for years and lived full healthy lives..

      • http://www.facebook.com/PhotoRover Arla Ruggles

        Horsemeat killed dogs of certain breeds; notably collies. This was due to the use of a wormer that was toxic to them. American consumers protested the use of it and refused to buy dogfood made from horsemeat. That’s all it took: a simple quiet boycott changed an industry.

        • fearnot

          Can you please source that for me? Ivermectin is the drug you are speaking of.. and it is used in all sorts of meats that dogs eat cattle, pigs, goats and sheep.. it is actually used IN dogs to prevent heart-worm and other worms.. it is not toxic in horse meat any more than it is in any other meat.. in fact .. it is a miracle drug ..you do have to be careful when giving it directly to collie typr dogs.. but their is a safe level even for them. Horsemeant is safe for other animals to eat.. even humans

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.s.andrews.75 Anthony S. Andrews

    America was built on the back of the horse, not the cow.

    Exactly James! Well said my friend!

  • http://www.facebook.com/iinjun Deb Joan McQueen

    Don’t we pay for USDA?? If thats the case as an employer…c ya wouldn’t what to be ya!! Pretty sad that these so called applications r even worth looking at ..its called a SHREDDER! What applications! Just sayin !

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nona-VanDamme/1253997237 Nona VanDamme

    Obama Admin. and Congress opted to lift the ban a year later? ?? Hardly, The language was very conveniently removed in the Ag. Approp. bill by 3 specific senators in a special committee. This bill had to get thru or the country would not been in running order. So, can’t say we are able to put this on Obama, its amazing how much power 3 certain senators had in this whole horse slaughter ordeal. I believe Blunt from MO. was one of the senators, Herb Kohl, and one more Senator. . Congress did not vote to fund horse meat inspections. Anyone who takes their horse to a public auction, has an extreme chance of their horse being purchased by someone that buys for slaughter, either to Mex. or Canada. Canada stopped taking TB’s allegedly due to the drugs given to them.
    I find it amazing how our Govt.finds millions to roundup our wild horses/burros and may now fund a foreign owned horse slaughter plant to kill horses to send the meat to foreign lands; while our land is contaminated with horse waste products. YUP, leave it to America. All for the almighty dollar will the owners feel they Can do what they wish with their animals, even if it is cruel, inhumane, barbaric, torture that their horses suffer in the slaughter pipeline. Shame on those who want a few dollars to send their horses to public auction. Those horses have rights too, a right to die without being tortured while still alive, etc. Humans are disgusting; and irresponsible. Slaughter is NOT a solution.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000986704697 Kathy Heinisch

    Horses are not raised for Human Consumption Commercially in the USA. The American
    horses that meet their fate in the slaughter plants were not intended
    ,raised or regulated as all other meat producing animals are in this
    country. They have NO place in the Human Food. Horses are legally
    permitted to have numerous drugs administered that are *banned* for use
    in ALL other food producing animals. No other meat product produced in
    the USA is sourced by kill buyers gathering animals completely at random and taking
    them to slaughter for the consumer markets. Horses should not be and
    never should have been the exception to any and all food safety
    regulations! Slaughter for Human Consumption is for Safe regulated Meats, from animals with full traceability, not a “disposal” system for displaced unregulated Horses.

  • fearnot

    the reason zoos are choosing not to fed horsemeant is the expense.. not the drugs..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589983950 Kelly Blevins

      You are misinformed and to the extreme.A man by the name of Moses in Florida picks peoples horses up and shoots them and then will sell the carcass to big cat sanctuaries but they are no longer buying either because of tumors and cancers in the big cats.There is a saying (ignorance is bliss)

  • http://twitter.com/ikorthanke Isaiah

    it’s call a free market. It’s not like the US government is funding these slaughter houses. You make a bad investment you suffer the loss. Just like any other company would do. Where are you guys getting this idea that everything always falls back on “the taxpayer”. Paying taxes is your civic duty, i don’t like paying them either, but quite crying about it all the time. Move on.

  • http://twitter.com/in_high_cotton Jan

    Exactly my point, but he’s not paid, it’s more like paid off!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Suzanne-Bryant/100000679166922 Suzanne Bryant

    In fact, Isaiah, I do rescue horses. It’s my career of choice after about 40 years of working with horses in many different venues. I currently manage an Equine Protection and Farm Animal Program for a 140 year old SPCA that was founded in order to rescue and protect horses in 1872. We’re full service now, all animals, but have maintained an active equine rescue presence dealing mostly with state seizures for neglect and abuse. We also offer a Safety Net Program which provides owner assistance via food share and/or “rescue in place” for horses at risk. In addition, I’ve helped to found an Equine Welfare Council recently in the hopes of being able to expand my reach and network the various area’s rescue efforts. I’ve rescued, rehabbed, retrained and rehomed – or euthanized if necessary – hundreds of horses. I’m not afraid of hard work or walking the walk but am not willing to buy up horses just because some people think it’s a great idea to create to many of them. Horses are starving because their owners don’t feed them. Slaughter was never banned and the option has always existed. It’s an option which encourages over breeding horses and in turn over rescuing them. It isn’t helping, won’t help and can’t help. Americans don’t eat horses and 80% of the population is against horse slaughter. Slaughtering and butchering horses will NEVER EVER improve the quality of life for each horse in the US. Just think about that for a minute… Are you actually suggesting that by sending 1% of a mostly healthy equine population to a horrific death, you improve the quality of life for a horse being starved by someone with no intent to send them to slaughter? Exactly how does being dead improve one’s life? You’ll have to explain that to me, I’m confused…

    • Willy

      Good for you Suzanne, don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back.
      I could you 50,000 for hay for some horses that need it, just let me know and I will tell you where to send the check. I respect the person who has the horses but she really needs to know that she has an addiction and is getting beyond the years of being able to take good care of them, she has tried to send them to the slaughter house but because of the animal rights laws they won’t take one unless it is 1200 lbs. That animal and human abuse is on your shoulders.
      Willy

      • CindiLoo

        Willy, I’m not sure how Suzanne sharing viable, humane options available to horses is patting herself on back. Irresponsible, from the racing, show, and pregnant mare urine industries predominantly, are the sources of too many horses. Slaughter is NOT the answer and never will be. Forcing those irresponsible industries to have retirement programs for their horses is one of the answers.

    • Michelle

      So Suzanne, Please explain why, since the slaughter was “banned” within the U.S. there has been a dramatic increase in cruelty, abuse, and neglect within the equine industry alone. As well as the dramatic downfall of the Equine economy? I applaud you for what you are doing with these horses in trying to help them, but you have a one-track mind like most people do about the horse slaughter.

      • Suzanne Bryant

        Horse neglect tends to rise and fall in concert with the economy. It’s not a secret that almost directly after the last foreign slaughterhouse on American soil was shuttered, the entire economy collapsed. I’m sure you’re aware of the recession that commenced in 2008, right? Not surprisingly it affected the equine market as well as owners’ abilities to care for horses. I’m sure it’s what drove down the price of horse meat, as well. I don’t have a one track mind, I can think of lots of ways we can help maintain a healthy population of horses, none of which need to be slaughtered.

  • fearnot

    I beg to differ.. plenty of people keep horse on as little as a 1/4 acre.. it is against the law where I live to bury a horse. Horses are livestock.. i cannot bury a cow or pig on my property. ranching is a ‘welfare operation”.. LOL I guess cowboys are not a part of this historic landscape of America… you must live in the city

  • sybil miller

    In FACT, there is still and always has been a “sale barn” option for horse owners, and it is commonly used across the country every week. — since the closing of plants in the US in 2007, the slaughter of U.S. horses has continued and actually increased in recent years, only the location has changed (from the US to Canada, Japan and Mexico). In 2012, the number of US horses sent to slaughter increased to over 176,000. Those numbers are down so far for 2013 due to the horse meat scandal in Europe, and the EU will not be buying horsemeat processed in the U.S. as we do not raise horses as food animals here. There is no link between the cessation of horse slaughter in the US and any increase in neglect (which is always stated as a “reason” for the return of slaughter to the US but is never backed with any documentation.) The actual numbers of horses slaughtered from the US for human consumption is documented by the USDA, and to repeat, those numbers increased between 2007 and 2012, they did not decrease and therefore, the argument that no slaughter plants in the US has led to either neglect or lower prices for horses is fallacious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1178147317 Johnny Ralph Horstman

    Killing horses is evil. End of story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589983950 Kelly Blevins

    Lol,,, I guess You are really on the lets say sheltered side because America’s food animals are given drugs banned in food animals in 160 other countries. So who in the world is going to want to buy toxic horse meat of which we now know contains Ractopamine. You really do not know what You are talking about.Educate Yourself and then come back,, If your not to embarrassed by running your mouth about something you so obviously know NOTHING about,,,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589983950 Kelly Blevins

    Lol,,, who do You think operates the export facilities ?? Again,, La,la,la,,,, The USDA.Maybe You might know what a FOIA is.. Regulate this,, These are the documented facts of horse slaughter in America.Nothing has changed nor will it.

    http://www.animalsangels.org/the-issues/horse-slaughter/foia-requests/359-beltex-foia.html

  • Lainie

    Many people rescue. many people feed. But we are all getting sick and tired of rescuing and feeding other peoples responsibilities. We could all have so much more fun with our own horses if we weren’t cleaning up other peoples messes. Humane euthanasia is and always has been the best option for horses who are no able to be cared for rather than let them starve. But that costs money. Its better to get a few bucks and send them on down the road for someone else to either kill or rescue right? No sense being a responsible owner when you have kill buyers (vultures) ready and willing to give you a few bucks for a horse that is the wrong conformation, color, not winning a few 49 cent ribbons, not fast enough……. fill in the damn blank. I got a news flash for you dear…. the slaughter plants wont take old, sick, skinny or lame horses.

  • lover of appaloosas

    Veterinarians in Tn and Ky wholly support horse slaughter. Not one has had the courage or decency to oppose it. If people really begin to know the truth the AVMA. And big again have been it bed for years. Not one vet in this area offers discount euthanasia. Sorry meant big agriculture.

  • dk

    I am asking you to re-consider your expensive position on horse slaughter. It’s a highly expensive proposition for taxpayers.

    Each plant will cost taxpayers $400,000.00, according to this press release. This issue crosses all party lines. Voters and politicians from all sides of the isle are against horse slaughter for a laundry list of reasons.

    Here is the press release:

    http://moran.house.gov/press-release/moran-statement-usda-decision-allowing-re-opening-us-horse-slaughter-facility

    “According to the USDA, each horse slaughter facility…would cost U.S. taxpayers over $400,000 per year in operation costs.”

    This is the worst economy since the Great Depression. In addition to the cost of the USDA inspecting plants, at a price tag of $400,000.00 per plant to U.S. taxpayers, the meat will not even be eaten in the U.S. Why should we, as American taxpayers, pay for these inspections?

    Additionally, we have to factor in the taxpayer expense of police officers who will likely be taking more reports on horse theft and making more investigations into horse theft.

    As a horse owner, the thought of horse theft and stolen horses ending up at slaughter concerns me greatly. I would hope that it would concern you, too. Many people think of their horses as family members.

  • dk

    I am also against the USDA opening up inspections for the proposed horse slaughter plants in the United States because horses in the U.S. are not raised for human consumption. As a grower of corn, wheat and soybeans, having the USDA inspect horse slaughter plants concerns me as well.

    They are our friends and companions (at least they are my 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, 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 more money to raise a foal to maturity than the horse meat market is willing to pay. It’s an economical losing proposition. Therefore, 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.

    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 good way to test for all of these drugs on every horse destined for slaughter, which would need to be done, since they are not raised for human consumption in the U.S. Many tests would need to be run on each horse, and there is no way to do this in a timely fashion, especially given that the tests have to be run after the horse is dead, and that autopsies need to be performed within 24 hours. The owners of the proposed Gallatin, Missouri horse slaughter plant say they will have the University of Missouri test each horse. That would mean dead body parts would need to be shipped from Gallatin to Columbia, and the University of Missouri does not perform testing on the weekends.

    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.

    I would like to send you information on what New Jersey has done regarding horse slaughter in the hopes that you will take note:

    http://www.oceancountysignal.com/2012/09/21/dancer-bill-banning-horse-meat-for-human-consumption-signed-into-law/

    “The law prohibits anyone from knowingly slaughtering or selling a horse for human consumption.”

  • Michelle

    This is why we need to re-open the slaughter in the U.S.! So that these animals aren’t sent to these horrid places that commit these acts in Mexico! The U.S. has regulations on these facilities that outlaws that kind of cruelty. I agree with your statement of gelding and hormones for mares to help lower numbers of horses. But that still doesn’t help that fact that theirs horses out their that aren’t even worth fixing because they’re either so mentally broke down from abuse and neglect that their untouchable and dangerous to humans or so beaten and worn down from disease that there’s no recovery for them.

  • Michelle

    Ø 2011
    report from the Government Accountability Office indicates horse abuse and abandonment have been
    increasing since inspections ceased, prompting those that favor horse slaughter to point out that cases of horse cruelty have increased.

  • Michelle

    I’ve been researching this topic for a while and I’d like to ask: Why are we not attacking the Jockey Club instead of horse slaughter in the U.S!? This is a quote I found “The Jockey Club, the breed registry for thoroughbreds in
    North America, annually registers about 33,000 new foals.” Seems to me the Jockey Club is producing the majority of the problem. These Thoroughbreds are raced until they break and sent to Mexico where they reach horrid deaths. So why not stop this all together?

  • Karin Hauenstein

    Isaiah, you do not know what you are talking about. Since I have consulted with a USDA slaughter inspector who tells me there are no regular tests performed on beef for “harmful drugs” in the meat. They only look for visual clues of recent inoculation. In fact, less than 2% of the beef produced in the U.S. undergoes any tests for harmful contamination of the meat (pathogens like E. Coli and Salmonella.) And that is only if there is some sort of red flag raised. They plain do not perform regular tests on meat, period.

  • Karin Hauenstein

    Horse slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia!

    With the captive-bolt, which was developed for use on cattle, stunning is ineffective over 40% of the time when applied to domestic, trained horses (the ones full of prohibited drugs and medications.) This is due to the fact that horses’ heads cannot be restrained as cattle are and accuracy is very difficult. Horses will routinely break their own necks if restrained. The captive-bolt is ineffective at stunning wild, untrained or under-trained horses nearly 100% of the time. Everyone who knows horses and has any experience at all with wild horses knows that it is near impossible to get anywhere near their poll which is a very vulnerable area to every horse. To get near a wild horse’s poll with a captive-bolt apparatus and have an accurate shot is technically, practically and virtually impossible. This is the reason why we find so much carcass evidence documentation of severe abuse to slaughtered horses. The captive-bolt process itself is so ineffective that many horses are shot multiple times or vivisected while conscious.

    This is a definite violation of the Humane Slaughter Act which mandates slaughtered animals to be rendered “senseless with one (1) shot.”

  • darlene from tn

    Recently near my home in TN, a farm has been collecting horses, after a month or two a large trailer pulls in and packs the horses inside, hauling them off to slaughter. These horses are USDA animals, it is really hard to see these animals and knowing their fate. My granddaughter wants to just cut the fence and let them loose or just take a couple and hide them. She has already looked up the penalty for stealing a horse and feels the punishment is well worth the effort. People who have no thoughts about the slaughter of horses either way, have never watched them play, feel the love they give back, hugged a horse, etc. I don’t know how to stop this and I don’t know how to help her understand something that I don’t understand.