User Login    
 + Register
News : Gallatin Processor Proposes Horse Slaughterhouse
Posted by Randy on 2013/7/3 17:00:44 (663 reads) News by the same author

Ranchers in northwest Missouri are used to taking cattle to slaughter. However, a new livestock might soon be on its way to market.

Click to see original Image in a new window


Just outside Gallatin is Rains Meats. The plant had been a cattle and hog processor since 1989 before closing down last year. Co-owner David Rains says going into the horse business is a way to get the plant operational again. He says it's also a way to take care of a horse overpopulation problem. Right now, 170,000 horses per year are shipped to Mexico for slaughter.

"It's a business opportunity for us that's a little bit unique," said David Rains. Plus it's going to serve the purpose of eliminating the major problem of all the unwanted horses in the country.
Horses dying a slow, cruel death of starvation and old age. They would be better off being euthanized basically."

The U.S.D.A. has approved a horse slaughterhouse in New Mexico. They are reviewing requests for five more facilities, including Rains' plant in Gallatin. A decision is expected in the next few weeks.

Meat from the plant would be sold overseas, where there is not as much of a stigma to eating horse meat.

The Humane Society of the United States has spoken out against the plants and are trying to get a federal injunction to stop horse slaughterhouses from opening.

"There's a lot of people that are well meaning and have a lot of concern over it, but they really don't understand the big picture," Rains said. "The potential pain and anxiety that these horses are going through with a slow starvation." We need to get this deal going. Every horse we take off the farm that doesn't starve to death, even if they [cut our funding], is one the coyotes aren't killing."

Horse slaughterhouses last operated in the U.S. in 2007 before Congress banned the practice by eliminating funding for plant inspections.

Federal lawmakers restored those cuts in 2011, but the U.S.D.A. has been slow in granting permits.

At the same time, there is now a Senate bill pending that would ban horse slaughterhouses.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2014/10/23 10:42:45 - Disaster Declaration Requested For North Missouri Counties
2014/10/23 10:38:01 - THS Marching Band And Color Guard To Hold Recognition Program
2014/10/23 10:35:23 - Snow Removal Bids Sought
2014/10/23 6:38:04 - Trenton Chamber Ambassadors To Hold Annual Halloween Trick Or Treat Night
2014/10/23 6:30:41 - Chillicothe Firefighters Respond To Vehicle Fire
2014/10/23 6:26:35 - Meadville Teen Hurt In Accident East Of Laredo
2014/10/23 6:23:59 - Spickard Man Injured In Accident East Of Gallatin
2014/10/23 4:46:44 - Giant Gold Nugget To Be Sold In San Francisco
2014/10/23 4:30:00 - The Worst Things To Buy At Walmart
2014/10/23 4:17:35 - Iowa Man Pleads Guilty To Missouri Bank Robbery
2014/10/23 4:09:49 - UK Man Faked Coma For 2 Years To Avoid Court
2014/10/23 4:04:17 - Wife Of Wade Davis Forks Over World Series Tickets As Tip To Server
2014/10/23 4:00:50 - FBI Confiscates Hot-Selling Royals Panties
2014/10/22 6:42:06 - Missouri Livestock Symposium To Be Held In Kirksville December 5th
2014/10/22 4:52:49 - Dead Babies In Winnipeg Storage Unit 'Tragic Beyond Belief'
2014/10/22 4:43:12 - Two Sunken Vessels From World War II Were Just Found Off The North Carolina Coast
2014/10/22 4:34:36 - Partial Solar Eclipse to Darken US Skies Thursday
2014/10/22 4:26:06 - Homeless Man Victim Of Knock-Out Game Attack
2014/10/22 4:23:10 - Missouri Officer Charged In $37,000 Theft
2014/10/22 4:19:06 - Man Arrested For Rape At Hospital Where Victim Being Treated
2014/10/22 4:10:43 - Trenton Resident Arrested On Probation Violation Charge
2014/10/22 4:00:45 - Area Students To Receive American FFA Degree
2014/10/22 3:54:25 - Missouri Community Betterment Awards Presented At Banquet
2014/10/21 10:53:20 - Missouri Chomps Listless Florida, 42-13
2014/10/21 10:51:08 - Local Dream Factory Organization Raises 7 Thousand Dollars
2014/10/21 10:50:28 - KC Chiefs Grab Huge AFC West Win In San Diego
2014/10/21 10:50:00 - For First Time Since '85, World Series Returns To Kansas City
2014/10/21 10:46:38 - Firefighters Respond To RV Fire In Trenton
2014/10/21 10:43:58 - Two Jamesport Teens Injured In Saturday Wreck
2014/10/21 10:40:52 - Personal Body Cameras For Trenton Police Department Topic Of Open Line



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM