Controversy, Government Paperwork Delays Keep Horse Processing On Hold

David Rains, Owner of Rains Natural Meat

From WIBW News By Frank J. Buchman

“Is there a horse processing plant in operation?”

The question remains on the tongues of many as stories have been surfacing for months, actually more than two years, that a horse slaughter facility would again open in the United States.

Reports of higher prices being paid for “low end horses” at local auction facilities have brought added speculation that there was a processing plant in operation.
However, like it was a decade ago when one desired to find a public outlet for direct market to horse processing, exact information is “hush, hush,” and it seems to vary considerably from source to source.

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David Rains, owner of Rains Natural Meats, Gallatin, Missouri, located northeast of Kansas City, has already modified his plant to accept horses rather than the beef, pork, elk, bison and venison previously processed there. However, a U.S. District Court judge recently issued a temporary restraining order to block federal inspections at the renovated plant

From all contacts made, and most unanswered requests for information, there apparently are no horse processing facilities open at this time, and future of such remains continuingly controversial, and still speculative, to say the least.

A U.S. District Court judge in New Mexico most recently issued a temporary restraining order to block federal inspections at a proposed Missouri horse slaughter plant, sources that would respond have verified.

Another temporary restraining order preventing federal inspections at proposed horse slaughter facilities in New Mexico and Iowa, were issued in early August.

The orders were in response to a motion filed by the Humane Society of the United States and Front Range Equine Rescue, along with other horse protection organizations and several individuals.

The Iowa facility, Responsible Transportation of Sigourney, Iowa, indicated in mid-August it intended to focus on beef processing instead.

Animal welfare groups suing to stop a return to domestic horse slaughter on August 16 posted a nearly $500,000 bond to keep a temporary ban in effect.

The bond was put in place by the judge who issued to temporary restraining order on the New Mexico and Iowa facilities to cover potential losses by the slaughterhouses.

Rains Natural Meats is located just east of Gallatin, Missouri, located northeast of Kansas City.
The owner, David Rains has already modified the plant to accept horses rather than the beef, pork, elk, bison and venison that Rains Natural Meats previously processed.

U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo issued the restraining order following a lawsuit by The Humane Society of the United States and other animal rights groups.

“While disappointing, this is really just the very first skirmish in what will inevitably be a long haul,” said Sue Wallis, chairman of the International Equine Business Association and a rancher in Wyoming.
“We have proven already by our progress to this point that the horse industry will not lay down and die. We will not quit. We will continue to fight to our dying breath to preserve our way of life, to protect our horses, to protect our lands, and our freedoms.”

Efforts to block horse slaughter in the United States have been ongoing since Congress lifted a ban on funding horse meat inspections. Groups such as The Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue, Marin Humane Society, Horses for Life Foundation have filed a lawsuit under the National Environmental Protection Act.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Debbie Tracy

    What I don’t understand is WHY would HSUS and others agree to expedite this court to rule on this…. I would think they would want to put it on hold as long as possible until at least the defunding is law… What am I not getting??

    September 30, 2013
    • The animal welfare groups are reasonably confident of success in this case. If they are successful, this means the USDA has to perform a NEPA analysis, which also means it has to call for comments on its findings and procedures. This exposes concerns about the drugs horses are given, and lack of assurances we can keep out of the food chain.

      This is all to the good.

      September 30, 2013
  • Arlene

    What the hell kind of twisted statement Sue Willis made ??????? The slaughter people will fight till their dying breath to preserve their way of Life,???????also to protect our lands and to protect our horses and our freedoms???????????I am hoping I misunderstood it wrong??????? this woman surely has a huge problem, she is not protecting any horses , the twisted woman is eating them !!!!!

    September 30, 2013
    • BlessUsAll

      Arlene, Sue gets her insane ideas from 1984 by George Orwell.




      And, regarding the horses:


      Hmmmm, the names OrWELL and WALLis look and sound a bit alike, don’t they?

      September 30, 2013
      • Arlene

        Dear BlessUsAll that woman is a twisted dangerous person whose twisted thoughts of reality should be enough to send her for help !!!!! Why does that community keep electing her ????????? Life is precious, Life is fleeting , protect all life it all has its place and meaning !!! Her rantings are that of an idiot…….

        October 1, 2013
  • Shirley Mix

    Please stop this horse killing.

    September 30, 2013
  • D.K.

    Please ask your U.S. Senators and Representatives to support the Safeguard American Food Exports act, which will ban slaughter in the U.S. and the shipment for slaughter to Canada and Mexico. Safeguard American Food Exports act is S. 541 in the U.S. Senate and H.R. 1094 in the U.S. House of Representatives. This website makes it easy to contact your elected officials:

    September 30, 2013
  • D.K.

    Please sign the petition to Ban Horse Slaughter in Gallatin, Missouri, and share:

    September 30, 2013
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    September 30, 2013
  • JBrown

    Sue Wallis is the head of nothing more than a propaganda machine. She speaks for the horse industry? Since when? She wants to protect horses , by slaughtering them? She beats all I have ever heard. She doesnt speak for me or my horses. And my horse dont need her type of protection. They are much safer far from her. She is not a speaker for the horse industry. She is a speaker for the slaughter industry, big difference. 80% of Americans are against horse slaughter. And thats number also is the percent among horse owners. She doesnt own a horse, last I knew of. This women is beyond belief. Do more research please…

    September 30, 2013
  • Penny Zielstorf

    People are so money hungry they will kill their own mothers for a buck right David Rains wish the same for you as I wish for the BLM.. Fish and Wildlife all of the kill buyers and their the whore Sally Jewell and of course good old boy Stan Palmer from MS…may you all Rot in HELL…

    September 30, 2013
  • Terra Pennington

    I don’t eat horse meat and I will not pay taxes for USDA inspection on a animal that 99% of the American people does not view as food. Get it Sue Wallis you as a ass and I hope you go down and end up on the streets trying to find your next meal…

    October 1, 2013
  • D.K.

    Please sign the petition to Ban Horse Slaughter in Gallatin, Missouri, and share! Thank you!

    October 7, 2013