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Judge clears way for domestic horse slaughter

(AP) — A federal judge in Albuquerque has cleared the way for horse slaughterhouses to begin operating in the U.S. again.horses

U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo on Friday threw out a lawsuit by The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups. They alleged that the Department of Agriculture failed to conduct proper environmental studies when it issued permits to Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., and an Iowa company to slaughter horses for human consumption.

The decision ends, for now, a two-year battle by Valley Meat to open the horse slaughterhouse.

The Iowa company converted to cattle because of the court fight. But attorneys say Valley and a third company in Missouri are poised to open as soon as next week.

The companies want to ship horse meat to countries where it is consumed by humans or used as animal feed.

 

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  • Name

    This is just wrong! Horses should not be slaughtered just to make money. Especially not from another country. We will be this country’s own demise….keep up the great work my fellow Americans!

    • Rocket Science

      Not any diffrent than cattle. It seems you have had a bond with a horse at some point but not a cow..

      • A_citizen_patriot

        Well with that mentality, dogs are no different either.

        • Rocket Science

          That is correct!

          • A_citizen_patriot

            So you support the slaughter of dogs for humans?

          • Chris

            Geez, citizen_patriot, you sound a lot like a PETA spokesperson right there.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            Oh dont get me started on peta

          • Rocket Science

            I did not say what I support. I will eat a cow and would try a horse. My life is no more valueable then any animals. However I am higher on the food chain and have as greedy of taste buds as the rest of America. “Good food, Good meat, good god lets eat!”

  • Chris

    Here’s a few questions that I have always pondered…

    At what point would we consider the consumption of a specific type of animal to be ‘wrong?’ (where do we draw the line?)

    Do you refuse to eat a dog simply because you have a fondness of dogs, or because you think that dogs have a ‘superiority’ over animals that we do normally consume?

    Should the consumption of highly intelligent animals (dolphins, apes) be outlawed, simply because they possess a high level of intelligence?

    • Arthur Doyle

      I believe those questions to be highly circumstantial Chris. I submit that the human digestive system does not suffer from moral ambiguity. Protein is protein whether it is derived from bugs,whey, cows, horses or even people. That being said, I don’t want to eat horses, dogs, bugs, or people….but I would if I was starving. In a life or death situation I would eat whatever I could catch or scavenge. Morality is a human construct that rarely remains intact when challenged by the primal urge to survive.

      • Chris

        I would agree with you on them being highly circumstantial–was just trying to elicit some intellectual thinking. I kept the word ‘morality’ out of my questions intentionally.

        I think that as Americans we say things like “I would never eat that,” but if McDonalds smashed into into a patty and stuck it between a bun, I think many people would eat it.

        • Arthur Doyle

          Agreed. Many Americans turn up their noses at culinary dishes considered delicacies in other countries, but then wait in line when they release the McRib. For that matter there are regional dishes in the U.S. that would be considered taboo by many… Bull fries anyone?

        • Rocket Science

          I will have 2 horse McRibs and 1 Mcpug to go.

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