Missouri turns away from horse slaughter


eye-stockMissouri, one of four states where horse slaughter plants were planned, is no longer on that list.

On January 4, Rains Natural Meats Company filed a motion to dismiss its appeal with the Missouri Environmental Department, which had issued the company a discharge permit that excluded equines.

The move leaves only Valley Meats in New Mexico still fighting to open a plant.

The battle in Missouri started in Mountain Grove in early 2012, where it was immediately opposed by citizens organized by attorney Cynthia McPherson and other community leaders.

The effort, led by Sue Wallis, next targeted a shuttered slaughter plant near Rockville. Despite early support from some Rockville town leaders, the effort also amounted to nothing.

Finally, the announcement was made that Rains Natural Meats in Gallatin would be slaughtering horses.

In 2013 it received a permit from the US Department of Agriculture for the required meat inspections, leading to speculation over when the plant would open.

Now it appears it, too, has dropped its attempt in light of intense local resistance and the fact that Congress may once again defund the required inspections.

“Missouri has been spared a most unpleasant, unprofitable and debasing experience,” alliance president John Holland said.

Holland said the alliance was grateful to Front Range Equine Rescue and the Humane Society of the United States for “their incredible legal battle to defeat this attempt to bring back horse slaughter.”

Holland also extended thanks to the influential Busch family, who built the Anheuser-Busch brewing company that has become known for ads featuring its remarkable Clydesdale horses. Andrew, Billy, Adolphus and Peter used their extensive political and business connections to help turn the state away from becoming the first in seven years to slaughter horses.

2 thoughts on “Missouri turns away from horse slaughter

  • January 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Unfortunately, Rains Natural Meats had a trick up their sleeves and are still pursuing horse slaughter, which will open them up to all kinds of lawsuits from law-abiding Missourians who are actually involved in farming and horses.

    • January 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Keep fighting.


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