Federal officials approve horse slaughter inspection permit

ABC NEWS reports: Federal officials cleared the way Friday for a return to domestic horse slaughter, granting a southeastern New Mexico company's application to convert its cattle facility into a horse processing plant. In approving Valley Meat Co.'s plans to produce horse meat, Department of Agriculture officials also indicated they would grant similar permits to… Continue reading Federal officials approve horse slaughter inspection permit

USDA inspectors clear NM horse slaughter plant

According to the lawyer for Valley Meat Co USDA inspectors have cleared the slaughter facility to kill horses for their meat. ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — About 5 miles from this southeastern New Mexico town's famed UFO museum, tucked between dairy farms, is a nondescript metal building that could be home to any… Continue reading USDA inspectors clear NM horse slaughter plant

Prospective Wyoming horse slaughterhouse investors watch national scene

Cross-posted from the Star Tribune WRITTEN BY JOAN BARRON 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… Continue reading Prospective Wyoming horse slaughterhouse investors watch national scene

Washington lawmakers will try to ban the slaughter of US horses

Beauty was a ‘throwaway’, a horse nobody seemed to want, slaughter bound in a feedlot. 'Well, I wanted her!' says the lady who rescued her.

A new bill called The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act in the US House will not only ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the United States but also prohibit the live export of horses for the same purpose. Washington lawmakers Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Rep. Jan… Continue reading Washington lawmakers will try to ban the slaughter of US horses

USDA may approve horse slaughter plant in next two months

Horse walks death row to slaughter. Humane Farm Association photograph.

Cross-posted from New York Times WRITTEN BY STEPHANIE STROM The United States Department of Agriculture is likely to approve a horse slaughtering plant in New Mexico in the next two months, which would allow equine meat suitable for human consumption to be produced in the United States for the first time since 2007. The plant,… Continue reading USDA may approve horse slaughter plant in next two months

NM Governor Susana Martinez asks Feds to reject horse slaughter plant

Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico

The Associated Press reports: [Governor Susana] Martinez said Friday she plans to send a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking it not to approve a Roswell meat company’s request for inspections that would allow it to operate. Valley Meat Co. has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its 7,300-square-foot… Continue reading NM Governor Susana Martinez asks Feds to reject horse slaughter plant

When Horse Slaughter Comes to Town: Legal Implications

Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images.

Legislation and government oversight activities have failed to protect horses from the cruelties inherent to slaughter or toxic horse meat from entering the human food chain. LEGISLATION banning the domestic slaughter and export for slaughter of American horses for human consumption has a long history, and continues to be pursued at both the State and… Continue reading When Horse Slaughter Comes to Town: Legal Implications