Source Federal appeals court vacates ban on US horse slaughter
A federal appeals court removed a temporary ban on domestic horse slaughter, clearing the way for companies in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa to open horse processing plants.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver lifted the emergency injunction it issued in November after The Humane Society of the United States and others appealed the ruling of a federal judge in Albuquerque. The judge said the U.S. Department of Agriculture followed proper procedure in issuing permits to Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., Rains Natural Meats of Gallatin, Mo., and Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa.
Blair Dunn, an attorney for Valley Meat and Rains Natural Meats, said “the plants are ready to open, although they could agree to remain shuttered if the plaintiffs agree to post a sufficient bond to cover the companies’ losses should they ultimately prevail. They are getting ready to go as quickly as they can. It shouldn’t take too long. Not more than two weeks.”
(1) I don’t raise horses for slaughter. Not because I have a problem with consuming horse meat, but because I prefer the taste of beef over that of horse meat. It should be noted that live horses are selling at auction for as little as $0.25 a pound while cows of the same age and weight are selling for about $1.50 or more a pound.
(2) I have no problems with supporting American businesses that process, package or sell horse meat. Horse is just another red meat source.
(3) If your comment(s) are based on your emotions, not on known, provable facts, intelligent conservation and discussion is not possible.
Contrary to what some people may believe, horse meat is no better or no worse that consuming beef. Processing horses for human consumption is better for everyone concerned including the horse than allowing the animal to be neglected, abused or suffer a long agonizing death by starvation.
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