Horse Slaughter in US? Maybe
USDA gives Valley Meat Co. OK to covert cattle plant into horse plant
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2013 6:00 PM CDT
This April 15, 2013 file photo shows Valley Meat Co., which has been sitting idle for more than a year, waiting for the Department of Agriculture to approve its plans to slaughter horses.   (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing, File)

(Newser) – Valley Meat Co., got a coveted OK today: The USDA approved the New Mexico-based company's application to morph a cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse; it would be the first such processing facility permitted to operate in the US since the practice was effectively banned by Congress seven years ago, reports the AP. And it may not stand alone for long: The Wall Street Journal reports that would-be plants in Missouri and Iowa could get the OK as soon as Monday. But the approval isn't exactly a green light.

A lawyer for Valley Meat expressed plenty of skepticism: The USDA must send an inspector to oversee operations, and attorney Blair Dunn says the USDA has "been dragging their feet for a year—so to now believe they are going to start supplying inspectors, we're not going to hold our breath." USDA officials have called on Congress to reinstate the former ban on horse slaughter; six months ago Valley Meat sued the USDA, accusing it of intentionally delaying the process because the Obama administration opposes horse slaughter. The USDA determined that unless Congress "acts," it is forced to OK such requests. Click for more.

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Jul 6, 2013 7:49 AM CDT
AS Fire fighters die we cut funding to them and then fund horse slaughter. The U.S. Forest Service's $2 billion-a-year firefighting budget - the government's biggest - has been cut by 5 percent. Agency officials say that has meant 500 fewer firefighters and 50 fewer fire engines than last year. Just think of the 19 fire fighters that died, maybe if they had the funding that would be used to slaughter horses they would be alive today.
Jul 1, 2013 9:44 AM CDT
A lot of people today are letting their horses starve to death because it costs so much to take care of them, this is one option and a lot less cruel.
Jun 29, 2013 9:42 PM CDT
Where do they get the horses from? Are they wild free range, animal shelters? Seriously, nobody is raising them like cattle.