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Legal Maneuvers Unfolding to Thwart Horse Slaughter

Yesterday Cole County Judge Daniel Green ordered the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to deny a wastewater permit for Rains Natural Meats at this time.

The judge first wants to hear a lawsuit filed against the DNR before allowing the state to issue a wastewater permit necessary for the legal operation of the facility.

If granted, the permit would allow the facility to land-apply wastewater after impoundment in a lagoon

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1 comment to Legal Maneuvers Unfolding to Thwart Horse Slaughter

  • Diana Kline

    U.S. horses are not livestock. This is not about agriculture. The FDA classifies horses as non-food companion animals. There are 115 legal drugs we can give U.S. horses that are labeled “not for use in horses intended for food.”

    The European Union requires horses to have passports if they are entering the food chain by the time they are six months of age, and dangerous drugs are recorded. We do not have a passport system in the U.S. for horses, so we do not know what drugs they have received, in what quantities, for how long, or when.

    It’s not fair to be shipping U.S. horse meat to unsuspecting Europeans, who will think what they are eating falls under the same rules, when it does not. It’s highly questionable at best.

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