Four New Slaughterhouses Set to Open



Kaufman 019LARKSPUR, COLORADO – Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) has received copies of four previously undiscovered applications for new horse slaughter plants – in Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa – bringing the number of pending applications to six.  Two of the applications are over nine months old, despite longstanding official denials about any more new applications.  The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which inspects animals and meat in American slaughterhouses under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has stated that the American beef supply is safe from adulteration with horse meat only because horses are not slaughtered in America.  If horse slaughter does begin again in America, the entire American meat supply is threatened with contamination.  The proposed plants are in Tennessee, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Missouri.

These applications demonstrate that profiteers ignore all warning signs in the quest for financial gain, even when their efforts endanger consumers, necessitate horrific cruelty, and register gross disrespect for this iconic species so well loved by most Americans. FRER has already established in formal legal filings that horse meat from American horses is a toxic stew, that there is no humane way for a horse to be slaughtered for consumption, and that the environmental effects of a horse slaughter plant can be devastating to local communities and citizens.  FRER has proven that there is no way to safely produce horse meat, and highlighted the tragedy of companion, race, and wild horses ending their lives on a meat hook in detailed legal filings with USDA, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Bureau of Land Management. 

FRER is dedicated to stopping the reinstitution of horse slaughter, and eighty percent of the American public agrees that horse slaughter should be banned.  According to FRER’s President Hilary Wood, “FRER will carry out its public campaigns and legal work for as long as it takes to eliminate the possibility of horse slaughter in America.  We will investigate each and every new facility, and will come to the aid of horse-loving citizens in towns like Gallatin, Missouri (Rains Natural Meats), Woodbury, Tennessee (Trail South Meat Processing), Washington, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Meat Co.), and Sigourney, Iowa (Responsible Transportation), where these misguided attempts to kill American horses have been made.”

Despite the financial woes of the federal government, and despite the undeniable truth about the suffering and adulteration of horse meat inherent in horse slaughter, FSIS and the USDA seem to be favorable to this unseemly business endeavor.  While FSIS has the power to deny or delay the review of these applications, its recent conduct suggests it is shirking its public responsibility in preference to these unwanted operations, which serve only those who make money on the brutal death of American horses.

Ms. Wood added, “The slaughterers have misled the public and public servants into thinking horse slaughter is necessary and humane, when it is anything but.  All American horses can be supported by public programs imposing limits on overbreeding, as well as those by FRER and similar groups that subsidize sterilizations, necessary euthanasia, and offer re-homing guidance.  We encourage Americans who love horses to step up to protect the animals they love, rather than letting them endure a prolonged trip to a brutal and horrible end to be served on a foreign dinner plate.”

Media Contacts:

Hilary Wood/FRER, 719-481-1490

Front Range Equine Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit working to end the abuse and neglect of horses through rescue and education.  Since 1997, FRER has assisted thousands of horses through its rescue and educational programs.  Many of FRER’s rescued horses are obtained directly from livestock auctions and feed lots, which without FRER’s intervention would have shipped to slaughter.  Dedicated to the horses – On the web


AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Marcia

    Seems as if the promoters of slaughter houses for horses are as determined to go ahead as the hunters of wolves and bison, etc. I have been working with groups trying to stop the latter, and nothing so far nothing has helped.

    March 14, 2013
  • Gina

    I just readthat the legislature is not going to grant the openings.See article in THE HORSE

    March 14, 2013
  • It is so important that all horse advocates help inform the public by sharing the websites where people can go to support the SAFE ACT, by commenting on all articles to inform people of the truth about horse slaughter. WE cannot let this happen. We need to do all we can to see that the Safe Act is passed:

    March 14, 2013
  • Becky D'Arcy

    Just horrible horse are beautiful God created animals not meant to eat unless there is absolutely Norway on earth left to eat. Myself I don’t eat much meat. Can not imagine eating one of my horses that each one has their personality and a prude pleasure to ride and spend time with and they are a part of our family I love them dearly

    March 14, 2013
  • Ranching Cowgirl

    Do not believe for a minute the Governor Hickenloper will stand against this. He will go where the money is. He has sold Colorado out!
    He is a weak man and a piss poor Governor and has no morals! I live and VOTE in Colorado and he does not care about what the people of Colorado say or want!

    March 15, 2013
  • Gary Cooper

    This should be shut down period.

    March 16, 2013