Cross-posted from KY3.com
Written by LINDA RUSSELL KY3 News
MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. — (Feb. 24, 2012) A company called Unified Equine wants the Ozarks to be home to its first processing plant for horse meat for human consumption. The proposed plant would be just east of Mountain Grove near the Wright-Texas County line in the Twin Cities Industrial Park.
Unified Equine has been working on its business model for two years. When federal legislation in November brought back the ability for the USDA to inspect horse slaughter plants, the Wyoming company got serious about finding its flagship location.
“We wanted a state that was supportive of our efforts, and the folks in Missouri are 100 percent on board with what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to do it,” said Sue Wallis, chief executive officers of Unified Equine, as well as a Wyoming state legislator.
The business people behind this are going to be very, very angry when they realize Sue Wallis, in her bloodlust to return horse slaughter to U.S. soil, has led them into a highly costly mistake.
Funding for the USDA inspections required to sell horse meat for human consumption has been resumed only for the current fiscal year. However, there is no money for it. Additionally, we are promised by prominent and reliable federal legislators that this will be reversed in the next budget. So no sooner than they open this proposed horse slaughter plant, they will have to close it. They will not be allowed to slaughter a single horse.
This is only the beginning of their troubles. The EU are finalizing new sanctions which should crush the life out of the horse slaughter business in North America.