Missouri horse slaughter bill, dead or alive?

According to a report by Kevin Killeen of CBS radio KMOX St. Louis, a horse slaughter bill in the Missouri state legislature allegedly dead, is apparently anything but.

Republican Jim Viebrock, State Representative for the Springfield area, is still hotly pursuing the passage of HB 1747, the measure he introduced that would open the door to horse slaughter, in the waning days of the current session.

Viebrock says there are currently no horse slaughter houses in operation in the U-S, but he believes there is a market for horse meat for human consumption in countries that include China, Japan and France. (He adds that horse meat was processed and provided for some U-S troops in World War II.)

Viebrock says the current horse population of Missouri is around 250,000, all of which he argues will die someday. Viebrock sees the bill as a way to tap into an existing overseas market and give Missouri horse owners an option for the aging horses.

Take Action Missourians

Pro-horse slaughter provisions from H.B. 1747 were attached to an unrelated bill, S.B. 795.

S.B. 795 is currently in a conference committee because the Senate has refused to concur in the House Committee Substitute which passed the House with amendments, including the pro-horse slaughter provisions.

Conference Committee Members

Sen. Rob Mayer (573) 751-3859
FAX: (573) 526-1384
mailto:Rob.Mayer@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Dan Clemens, (573) 751-4008
FAX: (573) 751-4096
Toll-Free: 866-242-0810
dan_clemens@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Chuck Purgason, (573) 751-1882
FAX: (573) 526-4716
chuck.purgason@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Frank Barnitz, (573) 751-2108
FAX: (573) 526-0573
Frank.Barnitz@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Wes Shoemyer (573) 751-7852
FAX: (573) 751-4011
Wes.Shoemyer@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Gary Nodler, (573) 751-2306
FAX: (573) 751-2894
Email via Webform

If you live in Missouri, contact committee members above and politely with well-reasoned arguments urge them to reject the pro-horse slaughter provisions from H.B. 1747 that are now attached to S.B. 795.

Source: Missouri lawmaker working on plan to allow horse slaughter houses, KMOX
According to a report by Kevin Killeen of CBS radio KMOX St. Louis, a horse slaughter bill in the Missouri state legislature allegedly dead, is apparently anything but.

Republican Jim Viebrock, State Representative for the Springfield area, is still hotly pursuing the passage of HB 1747, the measure he introduced that would open the door to horse slaughter, in the waning days of the current session.

Viebrock says there are currently no horse slaughter houses in operation in the U-S, but he believes there is a market for horse meat for human consumption in countries that include China, Japan and France. (He adds that horse meat was processed and provided for some U-S troops in World War II.)

Viebrock says the current horse population of Missouri is around 250,000, all of which he argues will die someday. Viebrock sees the bill as a way to tap into an existing overseas market and give Missouri horse owners an option for the aging horses.

Take Action Missourians

Pro-horse slaughter provisions from H.B. 1747 were attached to an unrelated bill, S.B. 795.

S.B. 795 is currently in a conference committee because the Senate has refused to concur in the House Committee Substitute which passed the House with amendments, including the pro-horse slaughter provisions.

Conference Committee Members

Sen. Rob Mayer (573) 751-3859
FAX: (573) 526-1384
mailto:Rob.Mayer@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Dan Clemens, (573) 751-4008
FAX: (573) 751-4096
Toll-Free: 866-242-0810
dan_clemens@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Chuck Purgason, (573) 751-1882
FAX: (573) 526-4716
chuck.purgason@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Frank Barnitz, (573) 751-2108
FAX: (573) 526-0573
Frank.Barnitz@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Wes Shoemyer (573) 751-7852
FAX: (573) 751-4011
Wes.Shoemyer@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Gary Nodler, (573) 751-2306
FAX: (573) 751-2894
Email via Webform

If you live in Missouri, contact committee members above and politely with well-reasoned arguments urge them to reject the pro-horse slaughter provisions from H.B. 1747 that are now attached to S.B. 795.

Source: Missouri lawmaker working on plan to allow horse slaughter houses, KMOX

16 thoughts on “Missouri horse slaughter bill, dead or alive?”

  1. Yes Andrea you are right. I thought I was loosing my mind. S. High never once that he notified anyone of the abuse and neglect of any animals including horses. By the way these slaughter houses do not exist just to dispose of old and sick horses. These horrific places are there to slaughter perfectly healthy horses to ship the meat over seas and to other foreign countries to sell as human food – usually on the black market. There aren’t enough old/sick horses who can’t move to warrant need a slaughter house set up to slaughter and dispose of the reamins. They process the meat of these horses for human consumption. Come off it S. High, tell me how many old, sick, or abused horses have you called the authorities to come and help????? I will bet you haven’t ever helped an abused animal in your life. I know many horse owners who when their horses do get sick or die, they bury them in the back pasture where they spent all their time. They don’t send them to a slaughter house. If they are as sick and old as you say you have seen, people I know would see that they are humanely put to sleep and then given a decent burial. I have seen it in Iowa, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Colorado, Nevada and many other states. What you are seeing is plain neglect and abuse. Shame on you!

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  2. S. High, your thoughts on which horses are going to feedlots and slaughter needs to be rechecked. You said “I never once said that I what (want) harm to come to animals. I do not condone anything of the sorts.” But you said you thought horses should be slaughtered, and the process from farm to conveyor belt can be days to months of harm. Real Torture (for some). Also, you suggested that you mentioned something about reporting your findings of neglect, but I don’t see it in your text either. Finally, – “The people that slaughter these horses are not cruel people. It is a job!” People who choose these jobs, or end up in them, are embarking on a path of cruelty- one which they should carefully and diligently disengage themselves from, to go seek higher ideals and greener pastures!

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  3. The enemy is this outrageous law, changing it is what we need to focus on. Some people’s opinions cannot be changed but laws can. Focus on what is important and what can be accomplished.
    May we all(4 leggeds and 2 leggeds) walk in beauty.

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  4. For S. High, you are the one with the rose colored glasses on. For you to see this abuse of horses or any animal, whether on a farm or in someones back yard and not report it, you are condoning and contributing to that abuse just as if you were the one doing it. You should be calling the Humane Society, the ASPCA or a Horse Rescue Organization. They are all over the country. They are on the Web/Internet 24/7. You have your head in the sand and come across as one cruel person. I was raised on a farm we took very good care of our animals. We never abused or neglected them or turned them loose in a National Forest and that was during the depression a long time ago. When we couldn’t afford gas for the tractor our riding horses would pull a plow to help us plant a garden so we could have food to eat. Horses are very intelligent familial animals who it has been proven will recognize (remember) someone as long as 10 years after they last saw them. Some of my happiest memories of my younger days were watching our horses running in the pasture and having them nuzzle me at the gate when it was time to come in. I have a friend in Iowa on a farm who just had to bury a 23 year old mare. They are very sad and will miss her. She would always whinny at them when they pulled into the road to the house and would run along the fence till the car stopped. IF you see abuse of any animal,, including farm animals it is your legal responsibility to report it. There is no reason for an animal to be abused, starved or slaughtered.

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    1. I never once said that I what harm to come to animals. I do not condone anything of the sorts. You are like anyone else that wants to not see the facts.

      What I said is that for every horse that is rescued there are 20 or more just like it that is not rescued. It is wonderful that your boyhood memories are of watching your horses run. That is great. Wonderful!!!! But what I am talking about is the horses that are not able to even walk to get a drink of water. How great of a memory is that for you. For me, it makes me so mad I can’t see straight. I do not normally write comments like this but it is people that remember how things were in your childhood that wants to believe that is the way it is for all horses. YOU ARE SO WRONG!!!!!! Learn the facts and think with your head. Good Grief.

      I take great care of my animals. I pride myself on the care of my animals. If you would like to send me all your money, I will take care of all the animals you wish to pay for. There are so many of these rescue shelters that bigger crooks than any politician. Pick up dogs, spend $5 on some shots and dog wormer and sell, oh wait, let someone adopt it for $150. But that is great, huh?

      If you can give actually facts as to why there should be no horse slaughter, let me see it. If all you have is your childhood, honestly, is that why we should not do it. Because YOU feel warm and fuzzy. Or is it for the horses that need to be put down. It is not like they are slaughtering horses that are great horses running around in fields. They are allowing an exit place for horses that need to be put out of THIER misery.

      And please tell me again where I said I was not reporting abuse. Learn to read!!!!

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      1. You are so wrong about not slaughtering horses that are sound and young (i.e. “It is not like they are slaughtering horses that are great horses running around in fields. They are allowing an exit place for horses that need to be put out of THIER misery.”)

        It is you who needs to do their homework about what kind of horses are in the pipeline to the slaughter houses!!!! Not us!

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  5. For all of you who live in this world with the rose colored glasses on, I can only say wake up and smell the coffee. I am amazed at how stupid you all are. I have read the comments from above and it made me just want to holler. I cannot believe how common sense has lost it’s place in this world today.

    You say that an older horse’s meat wouldn’t be any good just like an old cow’s meat is not good. Little do you know that the high priced lean meat that you buy, that everyone craves. It comes from old cows. Amazing!!!

    You say you can’t believe that someone would put down an “old friend”. It is not just the “old friend” they are putting down. They are putting down horse that are so mean they intentionally attack people and hurt people. They are putting down horses that are suffering from being crippled or other injuries that the horse cannot overcome. I work in an industry that involves agriculture. I have had people tell me about rescuing older horses that their owners were just letting die out in the pasture. A slow, miserable death!!! They didn’t want to spend money on an “old” horse that was just going to lie down and die. They starve them to death. They are kept in such bad conditions that their hooves rot off, they get sick and get no care what so ever. Does that sound like the great life you want them to lead? If you had to stand in one place all day because it hurt so bad to move, it hurt so bad that you didn’t even want to move to get a drink of water or a bite of something to eat, wouldn’t you want to be put out of your misery? I know what you are thinking, just have the vet put the horse down and bury it. Stop and think just one moment if you still can. If they will not feed and take care of the horse in the first place, will they pay to have the horse put down and pay for someone to bury it? I will say no more on that subject.

    The people that slaughter these horses are not cruel people. It is a job! They are doing a service. People are releasing horses in national forest so that they don’t have to care for them. I guess that is ok with you because they spared the horses lives. Well it is not with me! Have you ever seen a car that has run into a horse on the road? Not so pretty. There are so many horses that need to go to slaughter right now that they wouldn’t even have to buy them, people would just give them away.

    And come on, we shouldn’t slaughter horses because they helped us hunt for food a long time ago. I won’t even touch that one because that is the worst excuse I have heard.

    There is a reason to slaughter horses, because it will create great benefits not only in agriculture, but other areas. If you love horses so much then common sense would tell you this. I am amazed at how people think that all of these horses are coming from such a great place. It is not like me or anyone else wants to wipe horses from the surface of the Earth.

    Get real people. For them to say that animal cruelty cases have not risen, that is crazy talk as well. For ever horse that is rescued, there are 20 or more that are abused and starving. There are not enough people to police all the land that has horses on it. You see pictures or video of horses headed to slaughter. They show you all of the worst pictures that they can show you to make your heart bleed. Do they show you pictures or videos of horses left to die a slow death out at these farms that they grew up on and now they are not getting care, feed or water? Please tell me that you are not so gullible that all it takes is a good commercial to fool you. If you are worried about someone getting rich off of the slaughter of horses, I wish that you would be that concerned over bigger issues that face us than this. If this IS your biggest worry, let me drink some of your kool-aid.

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    1. “There is a reason to slaughter horses, because it will create great benefits not only in agriculture, but other areas.”

      What are the exact reasons? Please.

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  6. Who would send their old and beloved horse friend to slaughter! What a cruel repayment for all the wonderful rides and horse shows and work on the farm that he/she has done.
    I would hope Mr Viebrock is not so hard hearted towards his family members.

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  7. This is dispicable. Horses were never meant for food for anyone including other animals. From the earliest days, horses helped us hunt for food, gave us companionship, helped the police to protect us, and helped us fight our battles. Who has this guy in their pocket? Surely the people of Missouri can see that he has something personal to gain in this horrible bill.

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  8. Wow what a worm that Viebrock is !!!!!!!! I also heard among his many lies he is telling MO that they can’t bury their own horses – that is a BIG LIE – THEY CAN !!!!
    Horses slaughterers are lying brutal predators who horrifically abuse horses. These
    people are a disgrace and need to be put out of office and held accountable for their sleazy lies. Horses need to be protected now from theses lying corrupt predators.

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  9. I certainly hope anti-slaughter constituants in Missouri are aware of this continuing underhanded scheme. Some may think the amendment is dead, at least for this legislative session. Please network with anyone you know in MO.

    Contacting the media, especially those outlets that have already done stories on the issue, is still the best way to spread the word on corrupt government practices. Those outside the state may comment, but messages are often blocked or consigned to the trash can.

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  10. Someone really needs to find out who is putting $$ into Veibrock’s coffers. Aging horses wouldn’t make acceptable food any more than aging cows do. And World War II is a world away in awareness and economic reality. Horses know how to control their own population, Rep. Veibrock: they get old, lie down and die naturally, as their creator intended. “Overseas markets” indeed. For shame!

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