USDA Gives Green Light To Horse Slaughter

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June, 28, 2013

images-3It comes down to this – our government is going to allow three plants to proceed with the slaughter of horses. The greed and corruption of the horse haters wins. Ignoring the will of the people, ignoring the economy, ignoring the scientific evidence, but paying close attention to the influx of blood dollars into their pockets, the failure of our government to act on current legislation gives the green light to kill horses right here in the good ol’ USA. 

EWA (Chicago) – The Equine Welfare Alliance has learned from multiple sources that the USDA will announce a grant of horse meat inspections to the Valley Meats Company in Roswell, NM today. The plant has been involved in litigation with the USDA, accusing it of intentionally delaying a grant of inspections. The EWA has further learned that announcements will be made next week granting inspections to plants in Iowa and Missouri. Friday, June 28th, was a deadline set by the court for a response from the USDA in the litigation.

The House and Senate appropriations committees have both passed amendments to the 2014 USDA budget that would prohibit funding for such inspections, in essence banning horse slaughter in the U.S. The administration and Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack have requested that they not be funded. If the USDA budget in the House and Senate receives a vote, EWA is assured it will pass in both chambers, and the plants would again lose inspectors and be forced to close at the end of October.

The inspections were first defunded in 2007, but all three foreign plants then operating in Illinois and Texas had already been shut down by state laws before the courts had decided on challenges to the defunding. Essentially the defunding simply kept the plants from moving to other states.

Funding was restored in 2011 when the House passed a defunding amendment, but the Senate did not. A four member conference committee then reinstated the funding by a three to one vote. Since the reinstatement several plants have requested that they be granted inspections. How soon any of these companies might begin slaughtering horses is unclear. Valley Meats still must obtain a water discharge permit in order to begin operations, and there is some question about other permits. The New Mexico Environmental Department is expected to hold a public hearing on the Valley Meats discharge permit within 30 days.

 

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
38 Comments
  • Dana

    Unbelievable & unacceptable! Words cannot express the sadness and anger. Hopefully the public hearing will be able to stop it from going any further.

    June 28, 2013
    • The Lord will hear my prayers

      June 28, 2013
  • Suzanne Dunham

    I have no words to express my deep disappointment in our government!!!! My shock at this announcement brings only tears!

    June 28, 2013
  • Arlene

    I cannot believe this , yes sadness does not begin to express the feelings associated with this HORROR !!!!!! Our POOR Horses how they will suffer !!!!!! as always the innocent suffering unfathomable HORROR…GREED runs ramped , have they not LEARNED anything ???? ASK ILLINOIS, they know first and foremost , they are still cleaning up the Ghastly Mess……………. Our Horses have given more JOY and Pleasure amongst more service then any other creature on this earth…………. Their Beauty a thing of wonder !!!!!!! Brainless people , with a blood lust can be the only excuse !!!!! Horse Slaughter the Great American DISGRACE !!!!

    June 28, 2013
    • Dawn Carroll

      “Our Poor horses” well you sure don’t have to send them there to suffer the terrible fate of death…
      I will buy one horse on it’s way to one of theses newly opened slaughter plants. If everyone would step up to the plate and put their money where their mouths are the plants wouldn’t have any horses to kill. No horses because they have all been bought by people who are willing to take care of them.
      There is more than one way to skin a…well I suppose that saying really isn’t appropriate here in a forum that is dedicated to saving animals…

      June 30, 2013
  • Daryl

    I am not only sad, but I am MAD.
    Our Government is looking at the fact we are spending much money to feed these animals. It is horrible what these jerks have done to the Wild horses and Burros, miss managed from the start, all they had to do was sell the ones who were able to be sold, fix the ones who couldn’t be sold and turn them out and nature would of taken care of the rest. round them up in a humane way, and start over again with the selling, and fixing, we would always have horses on the land but not the over population we had. Great minds could not figure this out? The BLM found ways to need more money, greed and sick minds did the rest.
    The fight has been going on for a very long time, & we are not getting any where but the horses are going for slaughter, 3 of them are to be opened in the USA. Sick, sad, and heart broken for these gentle , beautiful, Animals of the west.

    June 28, 2013
  • I can’t believe this….Blood money…GREED..GREED…may all of them rot in hell….Unbelievable and unacceptable is right…What is wrong with our government to allow this..when the majority of the people is against this..Slaughter plants opening up and the BLM roundups..this is so wrong what we are doing to our horses… OMG!!!!

    June 28, 2013
  • Our government is beyond corrupt! We must do everything we can to stop this. So, how does this work with the new EU restrictions? Where do the passports come from? More fraud?

    June 28, 2013
  • Is giving a “grant” mean that our tax dollars are not funding this? if so, every one of these folks with the USDA who have conspired with the big ag people will be out of jobs. We must share this information far and wide. The American people cannot afford to spend ANY money on these atrocities.

    June 28, 2013
  • Ziggy Pope

    When will the law suit against the USDA be filed?

    June 28, 2013
  • judye michaels

    I can’t even express how disappointed I am in our government and the lack of action to protect our horses, our food supply, and the use of our taxpaying dollars!!!

    June 28, 2013
  • Karynna

    This is truly deeply saddening. The saddest,part Hough is the peole who take the horse to auction and agree to the meat buyers, those who just wanted to get as much from the horse aswell as the meat buyers. There’s plent of families out there who can’t come up with a huge chunk of cash to buy a horse but do have ebough on a monthly basis to care for the animal. People brees and sell, just to gain a couple dollars, just like the meat buyers buy and sell for a dollar. This wouldn’t be so angering if people who bred, or bought too many, would be more responsible. I don’t think horse slaughter is okay, but if people didn’y make or buy horses they couldn’t Actually afford, we wouldn’t be in this mess. And controlling properly of the wildherds )not mass murder) would help too.

    June 28, 2013
  • Robynne Catheron

    Lord, hear our pleas and do not allow this. But if these three plants do actually open, we ask for guidance for the owners and operators, that they quickly see the error of their ways, what the horrible results of processing will do to their towns, and desist immediately. Do these people not realize or care that horse blood is different from cow’s blood, because of the toxic drugs given to horses? Cow’s blood and bones can be used to make bone meal and blood meal for gardening and other uses, and the crops that are fed with it will not harm humans. What do they plan to do with it, let it run into the river like they did in Kaufman?

    June 28, 2013
  • Cayce

    I’m not going to pay my taxes. Going to jail would be worth it.

    June 28, 2013
  • Margaret

    This is a failed business proposal from the get go. Sure they may get the permits to open but then they still have to get all the other permits up and running. And the USDA has to train all the inspectors in the newer inspection methods. All of this has to be done BEFORE any slaughter plant can open.

    I conclude it’s doubtful or economically viable that this can happen and be be financially secure in light of the fact that come Oct there’ll be no funding.

    June 28, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    OMG, Like everyone here I am sick at heart, WHY would they bother to do this knowing probably that USDA will defund the inspections, unless they al know something we don’t??? Ok this country is CORRUPT and DISGUSTING… I am so so mad OMG I am furiously oh I want to swear…. SOOOO the money wins right??? AGAIN, well if this is going to happen I hope the towns they are in are destroyed I am sorry for the folks who live around these area’s but I want devastation and they will get it just like before… WE are making the mistake all over again SO SMART isn’t it…. Never learn, OMG I wish I could shake them all in Washington, while tears form in my eyes, HOW CRUEL OUR LEADERS HAVE BECOME, leaders what a joke you can be damn sure when voting comes around again I WILL REMEMBER WHO’S WHO, they will PAY…

    June 28, 2013
  • sherriey

    i am not surprised. i am so sad and mad!
    again…our gov goes against the people.

    when is it even going to end? no matter how much we try….
    depressing!

    June 28, 2013
    • sherriey

      …it seems we get one step forward….only to be set four steps back….

      June 28, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    I have a question that I HOPE can be answered by J Finch…. Can you or someone please explain to us what is going on, really going on can this slaughter open for real, can anything be done to stop it I mean there are so many questions that we all just don’t know… IF you have any insight to the ins and outs of what is happening PLEASE EXPAIN it to us for our own well being, cause this is so distressing…. IF YOU CAN?? THANKS

    June 28, 2013
  • Judith Keene

    I thought that the EU was not accepting any more horsemeat from America? Where is the market? How can the FDA put warnings on our horses drugs, NOT TO BE USED IN ANIMALS INTENDED FOR FOOD and the USDA pass the meat as safe to eat? That is really messed up! And why cant the people in other countries that eat horsemeat, raise their own horses for meat? Do they prefer to eat the drug filled horse meat from American horses? Do they want to be poisoned? Everyone knows that any possible paperwork stating that the horses have not had any drugs in a specific time is only going to be faked!

    June 28, 2013
  • Elaine Nash

    We can but hope that this is just another case of the original source of this news being erroneous, like happened with the ‘borders are closed’ story that was launched a few months ago. This is a case where being wrong would be wonderful.

    June 28, 2013
    • Linda carey

      Agree. There still is a loophole that can be closed from what i have been reading.

      June 28, 2013
  • Kim

    What is the best way to help?

    June 28, 2013
  • Linda Carey

    This is truly sad news. There are so many other ways to curb the overpopulation of horses. There are other humane ways to euthanize. This is about selling the meat (with drug residue and not fit for human consumption) for profit.

    We all must keep working to stop this practice and to enlighten the public, many of whom are clueless to the atrocities involved.

    June 28, 2013
  • Jean

    How discouraging. Special interests, once again, win out over the interests of American Citizens.

    June 28, 2013
  • Nancy Pearl

    I am infuriated and saddened to hear that once again greed and dishonor has prevailed in America. There must be some effective way to delay this until big business can get their collective asses kicked. I’m ashamed to be human.

    June 28, 2013
  • Mary Anne Gardner

    What is happen to us!!! I can’t believe this could be happen to the U.S.

    June 28, 2013
  • Diane Halpin

    With all of the good work done against this by Sen. Mary Landreau and others, fully knowing the U.S. citizen’s feelings about equine slaughter in its current inhumane state, with inhumane transport and cruel methods of slaughter, I am APPALLED at the greed shown here. So much for democracy at work. Now shown to NOT work.

    June 28, 2013
  • This is terrible news. The horse slaughter plants must be stopped. Too much is at stake. Where’s the US Congress?

    June 28, 2013
      • Arlene

        US CONGRESS IN ORDER TO SAVE FACE< must return to the Roam Act of 1971, Reread and Declare there can be no word changing , and say that the original Still Stands problem gone, jail filled to the brim with offenders.. Much cheaper all the way around !!!!! Mustangs and Burros returned to the Range !!! PROTECTED, simple solution !!!!!

        June 28, 2013
  • Sorry to say it, but this is just another promise Obama changed his mind about. People have voted for big government running every aspect of our lives, this is what we get. A President and a Congress and Senate that is out of control, and no longer concerned with the will of the people.

    June 29, 2013
  • Amy Miller

    I am scared for our horses. i work with horses all the time and find out, through trick training, how horses think. Horses need us to fight harder for them because they can’t speak for themselves. We need to shout louder for the voiceless. Please, let’s not give up because there are persistence on the other side. Any suggestions on what we need to do now?

    June 29, 2013
  • Terra Pennington

    I am as worried about the people who un-knowingly will be eating toxic drug residue found in American breed horse meat. That our government would sit by and approve USDA inspection on a animal who is not raised, regulated, or vetted for human consumption is really scary. Can we sue Valley Meat for endangering the health and life of the human consumers. After all the EU has already ban American horses and horse meat from being imported into the UK because of toxic residue found in US breed horse meat.

    June 29, 2013
  • Terra Pennington

    As you can see Sue Wallis and the IEBA is already marketing horse meat in hopes to sell it in the US. This survey is posting on the IEBA web site. http://ieqbassn.com/survey/

    June 29, 2013
  • Terri Drennen

    I am happily one of many who stood in front of the trucks trying to bring innocent horses to their untimely death at the DeKalb, IL plant, which was shut down. Please let us know what exactly we can do via email, petitions, calls, etc. so we can all be one voice again, folks there is power in numbers! If someone could post this, please do; I am so upset at reading this I cannot even see straight or sleep at the moment. Thank you all. TD

    June 30, 2013
    • Arlene

      You said something here very simple but radiating huge come together as one voice , instead of many voice , one voice loud and clear all together makes huge sense to me !!!! One huge voice saying NO it stops now !!!!!

      June 30, 2013