Horse Meat May Appear on Dinner Tables

7 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, December 01 2011 Dec 1, 2011 Thursday, December 01, 2011 6:11:00 AM CST December 01, 2011 in News
By: Veronica Polivanaya
loading

COLUMBIA - If you've ever felt hungry enough to eat a horse, here's your chance. On Nov. 18, Congress lifted a 5-year ban on funding horse meat inspections. The ban prohibited the U.S. Department of Agriculture from using federal funds to monitor meat processing plants that slaughter horses. Since plants that are not inspected by the USDA cannot ship meat to different states, the ban put a stop to domestic horse slaughter. 

Although it's been passed for nearly two weeks, the provision stayed out of the public eye until Wednesday. It was a part of a bill that set the fiscal budgets for several departments, including the USDA. The ban was lifted in part to a study done by the Government Accountability Office in June 2011. The report showed that the ban didn't stop the slaughter of American horses, but shifted it to Mexico and Canada instead.

"The GOA report revealed that the lack of horse processing in the U.S. had exacerbated the suffering of horses," Development Director of the nonprofit pro-slaughter group United Horsemen Mindy Patterson says. "It increased the number of deaths, and was the cause of neglect, pain and misery."

Patterson blames the Humane Society for the suffering of horses.

"This was brought on by the Humane Society of the United States that essentially put a stop to horse processing in our country," she says. "They did not deliver on their fundraising promise to help protect American horses. They caused the problem and they did nothing to offer a solution."

"Horse neglect and abandonment existed long before U.S. slaughter plants closed," Michael Markarian, chief program & policy officer at the Humane Society of the United States says in response. "Domestic slaughter did not prevent these irresponsible acts. Horse slaughter should not exist as a grisly crutch for irresponsible owners and breeders whil the majority finds decent and humane outcomes for horses."

Pro-slaughter activists predict new slaughterhouses could open in as little as 30 days, with state approval. The last horse processing plant, which was located in Dekalb, Ill., closed in 2007. As many as 200,000 horses could be slaughtered a year. Multiple groups are interested in opening plants in ten states - Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. Patterson says there's a good chance one will open in Missouri. She says there are currently two locations being considered. Slaughtering horses for human consumption will remain illegal in California and Illinois. 

But that doesn't mean horse meat will start appearing in U.S. supermarkets anytime soon.

"Right now the plan is for it to be exported to other countries," Patterson says, "That's not to say that pet food won't be utilizing some of our domestic horse meat." 

Linda Boats, co-owner of Coats High Ridge Farm believes there needs to be a horse slaughter market.

"There are horses out there that are not useful for anything else," she says. "They're beyond their useful life. What is more humane, to slaughter a horse or have it starve to death?"

Roger Conklin, owner of Roger Conklin Horse & Pony, says this is the best thing to happen to the horse market in years. But he says the public may not be as receptive.

"I think we're a long way down the road from putting horses in supermarkets," he says. "If it was overseas, yeah, but I don't think that will happen here anytime soon. There are not that many people that will eat horse meat."

Patterson says people need to put their emotions aside and view this issue objectively.

"Controversy is a given," she says. "People need to understand the factual circumstances that horses are a part of our agriculture community. This is a necessary component to maintain the health of the horse industry."

"Americans don't eat horses, and they don't want them inhumanely killed in Mexico, Canada or on U.S. soil for export to dinner tables in Asia or Europe," Markarian says. 

The Humane Society of the United States supports the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which would ban the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. It's currently pending in Congress. 

More News

Grid
List
KEYTESVILLE - A judge in Chariton County found Tuesday there is probable cause to send James Pleasant’s case to trail.... More >>
26 minutes ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 5:13:00 PM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
KINGSTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri prosecutor and sheriff will give an update Wednesday into the disappearance of two Wisconsin... More >>
46 minutes ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 4:53:00 PM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Commission approved Tuesday morning a budget amendment for additional and/or replacement outdoor warning sirens. ... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 3:18:00 PM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A judge sentenced a former coach who worked at school districts in Fulton and Ashland to three years... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 3:15:00 PM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA -The Columbia Mall has three big projects on its radar including Dillard's Men's, a Hilton Hotel and Level Up... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 2:42:00 PM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has busted the state records for the heaviest and second-heaviest pumpkins. KMBC-TV... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 12:20:00 PM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The legend of "Mad" Max Scherzer still seems to drift through Taylor Stadium. "A lot of people... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 12:10:00 PM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is in the hospital again after falling and fracturing his pelvis Monday... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:54:00 AM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia approved an increase in funding for Job Point's affordable houses on Monday. Job... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 5:46:00 AM CDT October 22, 2019 in Top Stories
(CNN) -- Four attorneys general announced a proposed framework for a global settlement that could resolve lawsuits against five companies... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 4:16:38 AM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Tiger fans, the Border War is back. Missouri and Kansas have agreed to play... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 8:28:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
LOUISIANA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Transportation has apologized for posting an edited photo that cropped out a... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 7:14:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A unanimous vote by the Columbia City Council Monday night decided School Resource Officers (SROs) will have another... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 6:34:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An attorney for a Missouri group pushing to expand access to voting argued in... More >>
1 day ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 4:19:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
CALIFORNIA — California police chief Shane Templeton has announced he will resign from his position on October 31. This... More >>
1 day ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 3:42:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone Hospital Center was recognized Monday for a fourth consecutive Magnet® recognition. Magnet is the highest honor... More >>
1 day ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 2:52:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department said Monday people should be wary of someone spoofing the department's main... More >>
1 day ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 2:22:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. — A clinic quietly constructed in southern Illinois to meet demand for abortion services by residents... More >>
1 day ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 12:09:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 57°
6pm 55°
7pm 52°
8pm 49°
9pm 47°