Horse Slaughter In the U.S.: The Dumbest Business Idea Since New Coke

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This is a post from yesterday on Wayne Pacelle’s blog A Humane Nation. Horse Slaughter – Dumb idea indeed! Pro slaughter groups tout being able to sell the meat overseas to European markets – but as Mr Pacelle states: Europe only has a growing trend toward food safety. Beyond the immorality of horse slaughter, our horses are not raised as food and not safe for consumption at all. ~ HfH

From: Humane Society January 2nd, 2014
By: Wayne Pacelle

Wayne Pacelle

Wayne Pacelle

Tomorrow, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King will be back in court seeking to block the opening of a horse slaughter plant in his state because of unresolved questions about waste disposal and unsafe chemicals in the meat. We hope he prevails. Attorney General King—joined by The HSUS and Front Range Equine Rescue—made similar arguments in the federal courts, which have produced a series of red and green lights for horse slaughter plant proponents over the last five months. Both King, as the state’s top law enforcement official, and the state’s Republican governor, Susanna Martinez, oppose the opening of a horse slaughter plant, so the state has hardly rolled out the welcome mat for the would-be horse butcherers and traders.

Taking a step back from the legal wrangles in the state and federal courts, I am amazed that the people behind horse slaughter continue to proceed with their thoroughly unpopular gambit, given the impossibly difficult regulatory and social environment they find themselves in. The only explanation for their perseverance must be that they have some financiers willing to bear the costs in their attempt to march healthy horses onto slaughterhouse floors. There’s just no way to view horse slaughtering as a viable business in the current environment, and its future, from a strictly economic perspective, is bleak as bleak can be.

You don’t find too many people seeking to open up whale processing facilities, or cockfighting arenas, on American soil, because any sane investor knows it’s a fool’s errand. There are just too many practical obstacles—legal, political, and social—in the way, even if the proponents had unfailing enthusiasm about the idea of killing whales or fighting roosters. The enterprise depends not only on the enthusiasm of the handful of boosters, but on society’s broader acceptance of the enterprise.

First, as the operators of proposed slaughter plants in Iowa, Missouri, and New Mexico have learned, there is major local opposition to their enterprises. They will have to contend with a battery of regulatory challenges, protests, and public criticism if they wish to operate.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • sherriey

    …..ya know…given all of his thoughts on how dumb this (pro) slaughter enterprize is….there HAS TO BE some unknown (to the general public) silent org(S) backing this endeavor.
    ie: gov.(ya think?); organized crime (really?); big beef ranchers (no way!); plus countless others with something, like money, to gain….;)
    who the hell do they think that they are fooling, anyway??????

    January 3, 2014
  • Is NM slaughter house open finally? I understood they were going to open on Jan 1st yes or yes because they were OK in everything. If not, what will happen to the horses they have and that were the ones set to die on Jan 1st? Are they protected? Well? Taken care of?
    No update regarding the welfare of those?
    If they will not be killed in the US,would be transported to Canada or mexico to be slaughtered there? No way to save them?

    January 3, 2014