Rockville Picked For Horse Slaughtering Plant

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Why does history repeat itself? Why are we following SueTheFatOne around from State to State? Why are we always correcting the same old lies she tells?  When is she going to learn that wherever she goes, WE will follow her around and straighten everybody out – we are the 80% against horse slaughter!

Read on for the next chapter of SuetheFatOne’s next fairytale to those poor folks who think they can fix their own communities by building a horse slaughter plant?

BACKGROUND | FOX2NOW

ROCKVILLE, Mo. (AP) – A Wyoming-based company plans to build a horse-slaughtering plant in Rockville in western Missouri, after its first choice in southwest Missouri was met with fierce opposition from residents. Unified Equine Missouri announced Thursday that a former beef packing plant near Rockvile, about 100 miles south of Kansas City in Bates County, is being renovated, and the company expects to open the operation by the end of summer. It is expected to bring 50 jobs to a town with only 150 residents.

(Editor’s Interjection:  So instantly the town will have a population that is at least 25% ex-cons or at least 25% illegal immigrants and instantly have a sewage problem!)

Unified Equine originally sought to open the plant near Mountain Grove in southwest Missouri, but angry residents packed public meetings earlier this year to oppose the proposal. The company said its plant could eventually slaughter up to 800
horses a day, with most of the meat going to Europe, The Kansas
City Star reported If the Rockville operation opens, it would be the first horse-slaughtering plant in the country since Congress restored funding for inspections of horse slaughter operations last year. Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state legislator who is head of Unified
Equine, said the company is excited to bring jobs to rural Missouri.
But a Mountain Grove attorney who led the opposition to the plant in her town is vowing to take the fight to Rockville. “She (Wallis) thinks it’s a done deal _ it’s not,” Cynthia McPherson said.“We’re going to do what we can do to stop her. But we’ll need the town’s help.” One resident who lives near the proposed Rockville plant  supports the operation. “Any time that something creates a job around here, it’s a good thing,” said Mike Williamson, who lives about 8 miles outside of town and raises horses. “We also need places to take our horses at some point.” Others aren’t so sure the plant is a good idea. “I just don’t like the idea of a horse packing plant,” said Karol Smith, who lives about 6 miles east of the hamlet. “It’s, just, horses. It doesn’t seem right.” Critics and animal rights activists contend horses aren’t meant to be eaten and that slaughtering plants create environmental problems. Horse slaughter proponents argue that the plants are used to kill old, sick horses that are dying from neglect or abandonment. They say the horses are shipped under horrible conditions to Mexico to be slaughtered, or sometimes dumped into wild herds.
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Resumption of Horse Slaughter in the U.S. REAL Possibility in NEAR Future ~ Says Congressman James Moran

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Per the following Email from Congress Person James Moran  the resumption of horse slaughter in the U.S. is very real possibility in the near future.

Please read the following Email and Take Appropriate Action Suggested at the Bottom of this Alert.

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“Knowing of your support for protecting horses from slaughter, I share your concerns and wanted to update you on some recent developments.

As you know, in 2006 a bipartisan amendment that prohibited the USDA from spending funds to inspect horse slaughter facilities was supported on the House floor by a vote of 269-158. Despite its inclusion in every subsequent Agriculture appropriations bill, the provision was dropped by the new Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee in the fiscal year 2012 bill. During the Appropriations Committee markup, an amendment I offered was added that reinstated this important language by a bipartisan vote of 24-21. The bill later passed the full House with the defund provision intact. But during a closed-door meeting of the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations, the amendment banning horse slaughter was removed. The final bill (H.R. 2112), which also included funding for the rest of the federal government, passed the House and was enacted on November 18th.

As a result, the USDA is currently allowed to inspect horse slaughter facilities. While no facilities are currently operational, news reports have confirmed the possible start up of slaughter factories in at least four states. Several individuals who advocated most vocally for the language’s removal have now formed a business that aims to open as many horse slaughter plants as possible in the U.S. While I am encouraged that state leaders and local communities have generated public opposition to these proposals, the resumption of horse slaughter in the U.S. is very real possibility in the near future.

The opposition to horse slaughter for consumption abroad is a fiscal and public safety matter as much as it is an ethical issue. Taxpayer-funded inspections of horse slaughter facilities, which could cost several million dollars a year, are supported by the same federal agency that inspects all other meat consumed in the U.S. Given current constraints on agency budgets, it makes no sense to divert funding for critical meat safety inspections from food consumed in the U.S. to food consumed in other countries. And horses are not raised for human consumption, with many routinely given drugs that are explicitly banned in animals that may later be eaten. The Humane Society of the U.S. recently petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to enforce these restrictions and ban horse meat as an adulterated product.

In the upcoming weeks, the House Appropriations Committee will consider a funding bill for agriculture programs for fiscal year 2013. I plan to once again offer an amendment to reinstate a ban on USDA inspections of horse slaughter plants at that time. No policy of this significance, particularly when it is opposed by over three-quarters of the American public, should be decided by a handful of Members in a backroom conference.

I appreciate you interest in this important policy and your compassion for the welfare of these special creatures. You can rest assured that I will remain vigilant and do all I can to end the inhumane practice of horse slaughter in the U.S.

Sincerely,
James P. Moran

P.S. I invite you to visit my website at www.moran.house.gov that contains information on many topics of interest and allows you to sign up for the Moran e-News.

JPM/bl”

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