APNewsBreak: Iowa plant drops horse-slaughter plan


August 13, 2013

Unknown-2Lincoln, Nebraska (AP) – An Iowa company is dropping plans to slaughter horses in the wake of a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily banned the practice as part of a lawsuit filed by animal welfare groups, a company executive said Tuesday.

Responsible Transportation, which owns a slaughterhouse in Sigourney, Iowa, was among two companies that had secured federal permits for horse slaughter. But the Iowa company’s president, Keaton Walker, told The Associated Press that his firm cannot afford to wait for more court deliberations and was turning its focus to cattle.

“We just can’t sit with our heads down,” Walker said. “We have to get back to work. Our main focus now is going to be beef.”

The other company with a federal permit, Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., was “still prepared to stay the course,” company attorney Blain Dunn said. Valley Meat has been at the fore of the fight, pushing for more than a year for permission to convert its cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse.

A federal judge issued a restraining order earlier this month in a lawsuit that has sparked an emotional national debate about how best to deal with the tens of thousands of wild, unwanted and abandoned horses across the country. The suit was filed by the Humane Society of the United States and other groups against the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dunn said the Humane Society and other similar groups have filed such lawsuits because they know companies “can’t afford to sit around and wait.”

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • JanSchultz

    Well so much for caring for the welfare of the horses. Call it what you want. Shutting down a horse slaughteR plant is the ultimate humane act for the horses. Thank you.

    August 13, 2013
    • Kathleen brazzel

      Are kidding jan Schultz . Humane – in slaughtering horses ? Obviously you don’t know what they go thru before they actually die!? People should. Learn to take care of these animals – And btw horses are not meant to be eaten they are not raised for that. … They have bute , etc in their system – get educated lady the average horse to slaughter is 5-6 healthy horse not starved

      August 13, 2013
      • Colorado Cowgirl

        Kathleen I think you misread her post. She said “Shutting DOWN a horse slaughter plant is the ULTIMATE HUMANE act for the horses”.

        You are right in what you said and so is Jan Schultz. Horse slaughter is wrong on many many levels…..

        August 13, 2013
  • Judy Wendt

    Thank God!!!!! Some beautiful horses will be saved and some very ugly people will have lost money from their stupid greed.

    August 13, 2013
    • Elizabeth Criswell

      Unfortunately Judy, the reality will be that the horses are still slaughtered but will be transported out of the united states. There are multiple sides of this issue and it is not only whether the slaughter houses are located here or over the border. I would love to not have horses be slaughtered but how it is now is that horses are trucked and then placed in inhumane situations outside of US control

      August 13, 2013
      • Judy Wendt

        They won’t be transported anywhere as soon as the SAFE Act passes – and it will. People on all political sides are really united to finally honor and respect these fabulous animals.

        When that happens, irresponsible breeders will have to limit the number of registries and not depend on a barbarous solution such as horse slaughter to “cull” the number of unwanted horses.

        August 13, 2013
  • Wendy

    Horse have been work mates and companion animals since the beginning of time. For that reason…along with the non-regulated chemicals put into these animals (wormer, bute, etc.) I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would want to consume one

    That said, this plant giving up horse slaughter is certainly a small victory. But, don’t be fooled…our US horse ship to NM and Canada weekly to be slaughtered there. This practice will not stop without transport and NM and Canadian regulation. We cannot stop the heartless people who are out to make a buck…tainted, chemical laden meat of our companion animals are not considered. If it is to continue (and, it will). We also need to focus on transport regulation, slaughter process and FD- like regulations.

    Do not misunderstand my message…I am a horse owner who had rescued 3 of 4 of my herd from slaughter auction, BLM and private situations. I believe horse slaughter to be vial and disgusting. I am 100% against it. However, I am also a realist.

    August 13, 2013
    • sherriey

      ….ok…you are a realist…so am i.
      so…lets start being real and start holding those responsible for allowing these horrific acts to happen and to continue….and that all goes back to the top of the list…the US gov! countless bills have gone before the gov and have either been thrown out or not passed…this has gone on for years!!!…these bills would have protected the horse and none of this crap that is going on today would be still happening…IF our stupid greedy corrupted politicians had passed any one of them!!!!
      WHY not hold them…the US gov… accountable for allowing the slaughter of tainted animals, tainted meat…being shipped overseas to other countries to be consumed by other human beings…and being well aware that this meat is dangerous to human health????? WHY are we not holding the jerks that allow this brutal act to continue and potentially poison thousands of people accountable?????
      so….lets all be real….the US gov should be sued, taken to court and should pay for their criminal intent to harm and possibly kill other human beings!
      you can bet the farm…that if you or i did this…we’d be in prison for the rest of our life for the intent to murder!
      the gov and all its idiots, greedy idiots, are the ones that should be held responsible for the continuation of this horrific mess!

      August 13, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    It is wonderful news, but we have a long way to go still, But I had a nice talk this morning with Fred Upton’s office and we still all have a very good chance to Pass H.R.1094 & S.541 he told me after the people who are on the committee’s are done with their part of the Farm Bill, all are going to discuss these bills he told me to call and continue to call Frank Lucas, so here are all the numbers again PLEASE everyone call as much as you can let’s do this…..

    The SAFE ACT will not get past the committees onto the floor for a full vote unless the chair for each committee is on board. Currently, S541 is stuck in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and the Chairman is Thomas “Tom” Harkin [D-IA] @(202) 224-3254.

    In the House HR1094 is in the hands of Frank Lucas [R OK-3] @(202) 225-5565 who is Chairman of the Agriculture Committee which oversees the Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit (LRDC) subcommittee and its Chairman is Eric “Rick” Crawford [R-AR1] @(202) 225-4076.

    HR1094 has also been referred to Fred Upton [R MI-6] @(202) 225-3761 as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee who oversees the Health subcommittee and its Chairman is Joseph Pitts [R PA-16] @(202) 225-2411

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  • Linda Brown

    Wow!!! Iowa guys, you got smart!!! So grateful that this plant is not going to be slaughtering horses!!!!Thank you God!!!!

    August 13, 2013
  • Kathleen brazzel

    I hope that the safe act goes thru… People are just now getting educated on this ! I m glad to know at least we all do love the horse on this page , lets stay united and continue to educate and rescue! Just in Wyoming horses were used in rescue

    August 13, 2013
  • Judith Baron

    thank you SPCA

    everyone please send 5 bucks to them now for all thet do!

    August 14, 2013
  • Melissa wall

    thank god! much more work to be done.

    August 16, 2013