Missouri Turns Away From Horse Slaughter – EWA Press Release


Public pressure can work. We can win. Horse slaughter can be a thing of the past. At least here in the United States. New Mexico is still somewhat on the table…but Missouri is out. Let’s keep the public pressure on in New Mexico. Who will go to Roswell if a horse slaughter plant opens?…I won’t. ~ HfH

From: Equine Welfare Alliance Press Release

Rains Natural Meats

Rains Natural Meat of Gallatin, MO will not be opening a horse slaughter plant.

CHICAGO, (EWA) – Missouri, one of four states where horse slaughter plants were planned, is no longer on that list. On January 4, 2014, the Rains Natural Meats Company quietly filed a motion to dismiss their appeal with the Missouri Environmental Department, which had issued the Company a discharge permit that excluded equines. The move leaves only Valley Meats in New Mexico still fighting to open a plant.

The battle in Missouri started in Mountain Grove in early 2012 where it was immediately opposed by citizens organized by attorney Cynthia McPherson and other community leaders. The effort, led by Sue Wallis, next targeted a shuttered slaughter plant near Rockville, MO. In Rockville, despite early support from some town leaders, the effort also amounted to nothing.

Finally, the announcement was made that the Rains Natural Meats in Gallatin would be slaughtering horses. In 2013 they received a permit from the USDA for the required meat inspections, leading to almost constant speculation as to when the plant would open. Now it appears they too have dropped their attempt in light of intense local resistance and the fact that Congress may once again defund the required inspections.

“Missouri has been spared a most unpleasant, unprofitable and debasing experience” said EWA’s president John Holland, and we all have many people to thank. “We are particularly grateful to Front Range Equine Rescue and HSUS for their incredible legal battle to defeat this attempt to bring back horse slaughter.”

Holland also extended particular thanks to the influential Busch family, who built the Anheuser-Busch brewing company that has become known for ads featuring its remarkable Clydesdale horses. Andrew, Billy, Adolphus and Peter, used their extensive political and business connections to help turn the state away from becoming the first in seven years to slaughter horses.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Nancy Albin

    NM they don’t sound like they will ever give up what really has me furious is how it all works ok the countries getting the meat (horse) won’t eat cows because the “cow is sacred” so they eat our “sacred horses” So in other words our gov. doesn’t respect us “The American People” What is sacred to our leaders? “$” that is not right isn’t there something we as a nation can do I thought religion & what we hold sacred was something the gov had to respect? we have historic monuments preserved well our horses are historic living monuments LIVING!

    January 6, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    are they gonna share the wealth thtat they are making off of our “Sacred Horses”!!!!!!! I wouldn’t want it that is dirty money & they will all choke on it someday!

    January 6, 2014
  • Penny Zielstorf

    Praise the LORD, this is just like having Xmas all over.. let MO be the show me state to show the rest of America.. and let America be the leader in showing the rest of the world there is no place for any form of animal abuse.

    January 6, 2014
  • Wild Horse Wendy

    Sounds like this release jumped the gun a bit. I got so excited, but then I found a newspaper article from Missouri saying the plant had no intention of dropping out and was participating in an upcoming hearing. “Horse meat processor still pursuing state permit” http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/article_df7d8557-f170-5d17-82ab-825edc472d78.html

    January 7, 2014