Federal judge clears the way for horse slaughter in US; plants in NM, Mo. prepare to open

  • Article by: JERI CLAUSING , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 1, 2013 - 6:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal judge on Friday cleared the way for horse slaughterhouses to resume operating in the U.S. as early as next week.

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reidNov. 1, 13 5:46 PM

Indeed the killing of domestic or other animals (including humans) is called slaughter and slaughterhouses got their name for a reason. However the commercial killing of animals to provide food for those who eat meat, should be done in the most humane way, with little fright and no pain for the animals. To think of horses starving to death during the winter or on farms where there isn't enough food pains me more than thinking of an animal many of us consider pets or pals for life being put down with as little discomfort to them as possible. If there aren't enough inspectors to make sure those doing the killing aren't doing it in that fashion, then substantial penalties and even criminal charges should be brought against them. Until we have lab-grown protein that some who like meat will choose to eat, we will have all sorts of animals and fish sent to 'slaughterhouses'.

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greatxNov. 1, 13 6:36 PM

Wonder how the cattle that died in the recent snow storm in South Dakota were thinking before they expired?

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julio57Nov. 1, 13 6:52 PM

This is a good thing. The thought of slaughtering horses is certainly unpleasant, but it if done humanely is far more pleasant than the alternative. The only reason that horses were banned from slaughter is because a few animal rightests from CA were able to push through the ban without considering the consequences--starvation. There has been a national epidemic of starving and neglected horses. You may remember a case from last December of a man from Fillmore County being arrested for neglecting dozens of horses. What the story never told was that the man, who is a customer of our feed business, was known for taking in sick, foundered, or malnourished horses and rehabilitating them. The problem was, DOZENS of horses were simply dropped off at his farm by anonymous people who tired of caring for their horse(s). When he locked the gates people would simply tie the horse to the fence and leave. He didn't have the means to care for the horses, nor to pay for euthanasia and removal of the animals. Thankfully, sad as it is, allowing the slaughter of horses prevents the extended suffering of tens of thousands of horses a year.

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greatxNov. 1, 13 7:47 PM

"The problem was, DOZENS of horses were simply dropped off at his farm by anonymous people who tired of caring for their horse(s).

Unintended consequences

It is the thing that always bites the liberals in the behind. Yet they never tire of their "feel good" laws.

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basia2186Nov. 2, 1311:54 AM

When I had to put my horse down due to a medical condition a few years ago, I called sled dog owners. As it was winter, the burial of a 1200 lb. animal would be nearly impossible. I decided that I wanted my trusted friend of many years to become food for sled dogs. Now he is running forever. I have been to a slaughterhouse. As as a result I quit eating beef in 1973. Horses raised as a trail horses become very attuned to humans, my horse ran to me when I whistled for him. The thought of someone's companion animal hanging out in a yard at a killing factory for days with the smell of death and fear in the air makes me ill. Horses should not be treated like livestock at the end of life. A quick shot (properly aimed) to the head in a quiet place, seems much more fitting.

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