Prospective Wyoming horse slaughterhouse investors watch national scene

Cross-posted from the Star Tribune

WRITTEN BY JOAN BARRON

Horse on his way to slaughter.

CHEYENNE — A group of potential investors in a Fremont County horse slaughtering plant are watching the national political scene to see whether such projects can get started in other states.

Valley Meat Co. — a proposed slaughterhouse in Roswell, N.M. — is slated to open in late April.

According to published reports, the plant is expected to receive approval despite strong opposition from various advocacy groups, including the Humane Society of the U.S., and efforts to block it in Congress.

Four members of Congress recently introduced federal legislation to ban the slaughter of American horses and to prohibit shipping horses out of the country for slaughter.

The attorney for the owner of the Valley Meat Co. in Roswell is A. Blair Dunn. The plant’s plans are still on track, Dunn wrote Thursday in an email to the Star-Tribune.

If the Roswell plant opens, it will be the first operation to slaughter horses in the United States since 2007.

In Wyoming and particularly in Fremont County, there is considerable interest in establishing a horse slaughtering plant, said Keja Whiteman, a Fremont County commissioner.

“Nothing is set in stone but there definitely is interest for a multitude of reasons,” Whiteman said last week.

In addition to being centrally located, the county has a significant population of feral, as opposed to wild, horses.

“People are turning out their domestic horses out on tribal land and federal land in Fremont County,” Whiteman said. “And, frankly, horses are starving to death and the ones that aren’t are multiplying, and neither is good.”

Asked if people are turning out their horses to fend for themselves because they can’t afford to feed them, Whitman it’s hard to say because no one is coming forward to say the horses are theirs.

“We also have a large, untapped labor pool with the reservation. I think the reservation would be an ideal location,” she said, referring to the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Plans are on hold for now, she added.

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5 thoughts on “Prospective Wyoming horse slaughterhouse investors watch national scene”

  1. This is going to sound a bit backwards but I hope you’ll hear me out.

    How are all these horse slaughter plants going to stay in business? One can not slaughter horses one day, another species, and yet another on the third day. That would cause food contamination.

    Just who is going to back all these plants? As disgusting as it sounds you kill off all the wild horses in holding and out on the range–what then? Close your plant? That’s an awful lot of money invested in a short business plan. People expect a good return for quite some time.

    As for Native Americans…my own experience with them years ago–was also rather negative. The feeder at the first place I boarded my horse decided he didn’t like me so he starved my horse. Are all Native Americans this way? I don’t think so. I think it takes all types. Some hate whites. Some lime dogs. Others raise have wolfs/half dog.

    In the end what do I think? I am against horse slaughter. From transport, the abuse not only at auction but the slaughter house–both human and animal. From Oklahoma’s governor and SS among others who won’t comment about carcinogenic drugs being fed our horses. There’s a reason why horse meat is banned in this country. It’s toxic. But these folk have no problem sending contaminated horsemeat to other countries?

    We know about Bute and Clenbuterol among many others always mentioned. But I haven’t seen a tox screen for Frog Juice, a newer drug unscrupulous trainers are now feeding their racehorses. This drug is 40 times as powerful as morphine. I wonder what it would do to a child who is fed horsemeat…like SS wants to do.

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  2. Well, if that’s how the Native Americans want to earn their living, they can all take a hike the next time they ask me for money to support their schools. Clearly they aren’t learning much there- including how to treat animals humanely. And if anyone thinks there are lots of jobs in slaughterhouses, they should think again. It won’t make much of a dent in the unemployment- and it won’t help the high rates of alcoholism and drug abuse, either. They aren’t nice places to work.

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    1. Do not group them all together, please, keep doing good for the childrens sake, they are not all PRO-Slaughter

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