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Will Americans Be Eating Horsemeat?: Fed Officials Approve Horse Slaughterhouse in N.M., Iowa, Missouri To Follow

Will Americans Be Eating Horsemeat?: Fed Officials Approve Horse Slaughterhouse in N.M., Iowa, Missouri To Follow

JERI CLAUSING 3 hours ago
PoliticsUnited States Department of AgricultureUnited States Congress

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials cleared the way Friday for a return to domestic horse slaughter, granting a southeastern New Mexico company's application to convert its cattle facility into a horse processing plant.

In approving Valley Meat Co.'s plans to produce horse meat, Department of Agriculture officials also indicated they would grant similar permits to companies in Iowa and Missouri as early as next week.

With the action, the Roswell, N.M., company becomes the first operation in the nation licensed to process horses into meat since Congress effectively banned the practice seven years ago.

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Five years from now, a juicy horse burger will be a considered a delicacy.

i had some wonderful horse in

i had some wonderful horse in belgium... it's delicious. americans need to get over their totem and taboos


not about eating horse meat, it's about removing wild mustangs off public lands and forcing the species to extinction so the lands can be opened up to cattle grazing - its just big money and more of the same government insiders getting paid off to make this happen.

If you want to chow down on lizard, gator, beetles, worms or whatever, go ahead whatever floats your boat, but conserving our environment is a smart thing, lets not turn into China with rivers that flow red, and toxic crap flowing out of the faucets. We can be 100% Capitalist and be 100% good stewards of our country at the same time.

Ya here About The Lady Who Ate Horsemeat

yea, she started craving hay and the doctor had to give her a license to sh*t out in the street...

what they are trying to

do is slaughter the tens of thousands of wild mustangs rounded up from public lands and now in pens in Oklahoma.

Very third world country to slaughter and create food out of horse meat, mainly will head to Mexico for dog food processing.

I would be against it, there has already been horse meat found in Taco Bell food.

Horse meat

I am always eager to try new things.

cool then

slaughter your own horse, not endangered wild mustangs from public lands.

It was a joke

For Christ's sake. At any rate, Mustangs are not even native and their numbers must be controlled or they will cause soil erosion.


horses have always been here, fossil records show pre iceage.

Actual numbers of mustangs left in the wild is down to approximately 4000.

The numbers are so low, the Governor of Nevada just signed a bill that would allow Nevada to manage wild horse heards, rather than the federal government on lands in Nevada.

There are now about 10 times more rounded up wild horses in Oklahoma Federal pens, than there are in the wild.

I have no problem with sterilizing horses for proper, humane management, but the waste of federal money to hold these wild horses in pens is crazy compared to the tiny bit of money to do a good sterilization program.

Just more of my tax dollars going to waste


Actually has a herd in Shannon county of about 40-50 animals. Records also show that the horse went extinct. One of the main reasons the natives never went to large scale agriculture was due to having no horses. Mustangs are descendants of horses the Europeans brought over.

Farmer here ya go


By Ross MacPhee, PhD, Curator – Division of Vertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

It needs to be more widely understood that the horse’s status as a native North American species is beyond serious question.

A “native” species, in evolutionary terms, is defined as one that differentiated or diverged from its immediate ancestor species within a specific geographical locale. The contemporary wild horse in the United States is recently derived from lines domesticated in Europe and Asia. But those lines themselves go much further back in time, and converge on populations that lived in North America during the latter part of the Pleistocene (2.5M to 10k years ago).

The morphological (fossil) evidence and the more recent DNA evidence (although preliminary), points to the same conclusion: the species Equus caballus—the species encompassing all domestic horses and their wild progenitors—arose on this continent.

The evidence thus favors the view that this species is “native” to North America, given any rational understanding of the term “native”. By contrast, there are no paleontological or genetic grounds for concluding that it is native to any other continent.

From a scientific standpoint, it is completely irrelevant that native horses died out in North America 10,000 years ago, or that later populations were domesticated in central Asia 6000 years ago. Such considerations have no bearing on their status as having originated on this continent.

Reintroduction of horses to North America 500 years ago is, biologically, a non-event: horses were merely returned to part of their former native range, where they have since prospered because ecologically they never left.


Pushing the envelope here, aren't we?

Has this thread been calved off the bestiality thread? I noticed the question of necrophilia there and I reckon cannibalism is just a short step away. If the heirs consent to such disposition of a corpse, and if the restaurant provides full disclosure, then I see no necessary property violation in Roy Rogers' putting long pig on the menu.

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I see a huge problem

of taking wild mustangs off public lands we all own, so someone can buy em for $50 and turn them into dog food.

There is no market for horse meat in the US, it's just not there and there are tens of thousands of wild horses in pens that have been rounded up. Going to make dog meat out of them, just not right.

I have no problem with people farming animals for slaughter, but wiping out wild mustangs just to open lands for cattle is the wrong thing to allow.

I agree..

It's just more big business corruption.. they want the oil gas and water from that area too.. I hate 'em!

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