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Horse Slaughter Plant to Open in New Mexico

Post time:2013/3/7 9:26:18 Author: wpa Hits:995

Lately it seems that we have been bombarded almost daily with news items concerning the wide variety of food products that have been contaminated with horse meat in Europe. Since horses are not raised for food, the animals are often treated with carcinogenic drugs, such as “Bute” and other painkillers, and given worming medications on a regular basis.

For example: After finding horse meat mixed in with their “signature” Swedish Meatballs, the furniture giant Ikea, announced  the company was removing the product from markets throughout most of Europe. Additionally, after unearthing horse DNA in their products, many food manufacturers were forced to withdraw tainted merchandise from European stores.

But in spite of the discovery of food adulterated with horse meat in Europe, along with the vehement opposition to slaughtering horses for meat for human consumption by over 80 percent of people in the United States, according to a New York Times article, for the first time since 2006, The United States Department of Agriculture,  (USDA) is getting ready to process an approval that will allow a horse slaughter plant to open in Roswell, New Mexico.

The slaughter plant is owned by the Valley Meat Company. Once this step is accomplished, Valley Meat will be able to start slaughtering horses for meat suitable for human consumption within a couple of months.

Wayne Pacelle, the chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), said, "We now have the very real prospect of a horse slaughtering plant operating in the U.S. for the first time in six years."

How the heated controversy began:

Back in 2006, Congress added language to the Agricultural Appropriations bill, which defunded horse meat inspections. This language remained intact for five years, but its intention was meant only as a short term "fix" until a Federal bill to prohibit horse slaughter and the transport of horses destined for slaughter outside the country was finally passed. Sadly, the bill never came to fruition.

By quietly removing the 2006 language in 2011, two pro-slaughter members of Congress lifted the five-year-old ban defunding inspections on horse meat and opened the door to legal horse slaughter resuming in the U.S.

Commenting on the lifting of the ban, writer/comedian/animal activist Elayne Boosler contributed a brilliant article,  "Mr. Ed, It's What for Dinner" to  the Huffington Post. In it she wrote, “This Trojan Horse rode in on the budget bill and flew away like Pegasus.”

Today, horse slaughter proponents continue to justify killing horses for meat for human consumption by asking you to believe that slaughtering horses is a humane form of euthanasia. They claim that the majority of these magnificent animals are broken down nags; therefore slaughtering them in compassionately operated plants in the United States is an “act of kindness.” However, in reality, 92-percent of the horses sent to slaughter are in good condition and do not need to be euthanized. They need responsible homes.

Stroll down the meat aisle at any local supermarket in the country. You will find huge assortments of beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, fish and pork products wrapped in neat little packages, covered in plastic for our convenience. Do we really need another source of meat protein? With the overabundance of meat available for our dining tables, this writer thinks not.

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