Skip to comments.Federal Approval Near for Opening of Horse Meat Processing Plant in New Mexico
Posted on 05/01/2013 4:31:41 AM PDT by iowamark
The southern New Mexico plant that has been fighting for more than a year for permission to slaughter horses will open soon, unless Congress reinstates a ban on the practice, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday.
In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Mr. Vilsack said his department was working to make sure the process was handled properly for the opening of what would be the first domestic horse slaughterhouse in six years.
We are going to do this, and I would imagine that it would be done relatively soon, he said.
The Valley Meat Company sued the Department of Agriculture last year, asserting that inaction on its application was driven by emotional political debates and that the delays had cost it hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The department reinspected the plant last week.
It will open unless Congress restores the ban on horse slaughter that they had in place, Mr. Vilsack said. If that doesnt happen, then we are duty bound to do what needs to be done to allow that plant to begin processing.
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Horse. It’s what’s for dinner.
Nothing wrong with horse meat.
Neigh, neigh, a thousand times neigh!
i think you got a picture of the wrong end.
I’ll eat horse meat if it makes Moslems puke.
Did you ever taste it? I did, accidentally in Belgium where they make their hamburgers out if it. Trust me, you will spit it out.
“Wilburrrr......wha-what are you doing with that chain saw, Wilburrrrrrr!!!?”
My dad (while he lived with me at the end of his life) never knew that 90% of the ‘beef’ he ate was deer.
I would eat dog, cat and any other meat I would find suitable.
Deer elk and other game don’t restrict their movements. I find them very good eating.
I'm sorry to hear you'd eat dog or cat. I guess the proper question would be, what wouldn't you eat?
I am puzzled at your comparison of deer and horse. I’ve helped butcher deer. There is barely any fat inside the muscle, just a thin layer around some cuts. The deer on my property may sleep during some of the day, but we see them at all hours and they run, walk and move most of the time. Compared to grazing horses I’ve observed, the deer can be more highly active. The local deer feed on corn and berries.
The key to tender deer meat is hanging, short periods of marinade and quick cooking. The large muscle cuts are tender and tasty. The tougher cuts are ground. The meat in the neck and legs is full of tendon and can even be difficult to grind, as the tendon will wrap around the auger and clog the plate. I simmer these cuts until tender and use them for dog food. The collagen in the connective tissue is good for the dog.
I’ve spoken with people who have eaten horse. One comment heard a lot is that it is *sweeter* than beef.
I’d try it and make up my own mind.
They have slaughtered horse meat for many decades and unless your taste buds are dead you would know if you had horse meat, it is different even the ground stuff.
In the meantime they have just been exporting horses across the border while Vilsak and his cohorts ignored the law.
That is what I’ve heard from several people. I haven’t ever tasted it though.
Ya know, the horses that get slaughtered are those that are unwanted. They are too old or the people think they can afford to keep a horse and find they can’t.
What has been inhumane is the horses that have starved to death because their owners couldn’t afford to feed them and that is why we can slaughter horses again.
I wonder if Whole Foods will carry it...
Horses aren’t raised for slaughter like cows, nor are they hunted. Most of those that are slaughtered belonged to irresponsible owners and lacking the slaughterhouse many just starved to death.
We have had many horses and we kept them up to their old age and never sent one to slaughter but when it got to where they could no longer eat or lay down and you could see that they were in excruciating pain, we shot them.
The guy I know who has been sending them to slaughter in Mexico just feeds them like you would a normal horse until he gets a truck load.
I’ve seen pleasure horses locked up in a stall most of their lives and it had nothing to do with eating them.
Thus we have taken only to eating what we consider the choicest meats.
That really only happen in the less hundred years or so.
Hate to break it to you, but horses don’t get fattened up for slaughter. And most horse owners I know support slaughtering horses, because there are too many unwanted horses living in miserable conditions or turned loose.
Right now, horses going to slaughter are trucked to Mexico, where the quality control is...mexican. It would be far better for the horses to be shipped less, and killed more humanely.
Well, it’s about time McDonalds just comes out and...nevermind.
Without local processing plants it only makes it more expensive to put down a horse.
Last horse I put down cost $250. Many people simply go to the auction house and sell their horses for $50-$100 to the meat guys, who drive them across the border where the horse is slaughtered without ANY regulations.
Raising the price of disposal does not help the quality of a horse’s life. It often leads to neglect or even abandonment.
And most of the horses get slaughtered anyway in Mexico or Canada, in very inhumane conditions.
You don’t have to restrict a horses movement for it to get fat. Just put a round bale of hay in front of it and it will stand there all day long eating.
Most breeds get fat very easily.
Deer get a lot more activity than horses. Deer have to search for food, water and shelter, often times over a territory of a square mile or more depending on where their food is in comparison to their water and shelter.
Humans on the other hand confine horses in fences and bring their food and water to them.
Although I am a horse lover, I would like to try horse meat sometime.
Be the first out of the gate, gallop on over to your local McDonald's and saddle up for a thoroughbred entry that's sure to be first in the Winner's Circle!
In the beef industry, the cows are pastured to a certain age at which time they go to market - usually at about the 8 month to 1 year mark. The cows are then sent to the feed lot where they are grain fed for a period of time so as to fatten them up. They are held in small areas and the weight is put on them slowly, so as not to create a fatty meat but more to encourage the marbling that is inherent in their cross breed.
As Americans become more comfortable with eating horses, the same can be expected.
Ask him if they're slaughtered immediately or if they're held in a feed lot.
Odd. I haven’t met any horse owners who reject slaughterhouses in the US.
Why do YOU want horses to be shipped to Mexico in trucks, and killed inhumanely without inspectors there?
Horses will never be raised for slaughter. They are too expensive and fragile compared to cattle, and aren’t bred to gain maximum weight for the least food.
I'm opposed to the BLM rounding up horses to begin with. How much land does Fedzilla have?
Think again. They will become a commodity once eating them goes mainstream.
I'm not. However, we are not discussing BLM mustangs going to slaughter. If you don't understand that, then I doubt you really know squat about horses.
"They will become a commodity once eating them goes mainstream. "
Nope. Not economical. Horses couldn't compete with cattle. Again, if you don't understand that, then you don't know much about horses.
Do you realize a grade horse after weaning can sell for less than a Heifer? Also, horses were a form of personal transportation and then for fun, they were raced. That's not now its own industry, correct? Showing horses isn't its own industry, correct? Polo? <==== not its own industry?
But then again, I know nothing.
Nope. You sound like someone who knows nothing about horses. Sorry.
Diets change....I have eaten horse meat in Italy...sweet is what I remember..its just another protein...and available if we chose to eat it...
Do yourself a favor and take a trip up to Quebec.
Horse steak in Quebec City and it was easily the best steak I ever tasted.
Because there’s so little fat, you have to eat it rare.
Wish I could get it here - but I’m sure USDA would find a way to screw it up.
Horses were slaughtered here in the US until 2007 (I believe). And they were never raised for slaughter.
Having had horses most of my life, I know that they get fat very easily. They don’t need to be “painfully restricted” to get fat.
Please look into the Belgium breed of Adrennes horse. It’s primarily used for meat procurement in Europe. You can fatten a horse up quickly but that doesn’t make the meat tender, there’s a difference between fattening for tenderness and flavor vs. putting weight on the horse.
You have no facts. You worry about BLM mustangs being shipped off to slaughter. You think horses will rival cattle as meat animals, although cattle are much better at turning grass into meat. You worry about horses being slaughtered in the US, but they are currently being trucked to Mexico and killed there.
In response, you have...what? That horsies are too smart to be used for food? Hint - they already are, horses that no one wants, picked up by kill buyers and trucked to Mexico and killed under horrible conditions. And you want them to KEEP being trucked to Mexico! Why? Are you nuts?
Besides...horses are not all that smart. I’ve got 3 in my backyard, and their intellect is underwhelming. Nice personalities, but not geniuses.
As far as cattle's efficiency at turning grass into beef.....a cow consumes less as it chews its cud but a horse forages on a wider variety of plant life. A cow requires continual grass growth which is why they are supplemented in the winter months with liquid molasses and mineral - a very expensive season for cattle ranchers. The horse's incisors allow it to eat the shorter grass longer into the winter, therefore requiring less supplementation.
If a horse is a pet that has to be euthanized it isn't going to Mexico to be slaughtered as the euthanasia process would preclude it from being used for consumption, either by humans or to be used in dog food. That leaves us with abusers - a problem more widespread and manageable vs. the BLM's roundup and ship out. The horses the BLM are rounding up and shipping out are as a result of cattle ranchers using BLM land to graze cattle. It cuts costs for the cattle rancher to rotate to BLM land than it is to continually fortify pastureland.
I'm sorry to hear your horses aren't intelligent....perhaps it's their breeding or perhaps it's the person trying to work with them. It's impossible for me to know since 'I know nothing about horses'.
“look at Europe where horse meat is cheaper than that of the cow.”
That is in Europe, where strict regulations and tiny farms drive the price of beef up. There is a reason the Europeans don’t want us shipping US beef to their market, and it ain’t mad cow disease.
“You didn’t think the were enough horse abusers in Europe that they continually supplied the market, did you?”
Abusers? Are cattle that are killed “abused”? And as I pointed out, Europe has a very different market than the USA.
“A cow requires continual grass growth which is why they are supplemented in the winter months with liquid molasses and mineral - a very expensive season for cattle ranchers. The horse’s incisors allow it to eat the shorter grass longer into the winter, therefore requiring less supplementation.”
You don’t live out west, do you...cattle are left on winter range. And they do better than horses left on winter range, which end up damn skinny.
“If a horse is a pet that has to be euthanized it isn’t going to Mexico”
Ignorance. Lots of backyard horses end up going to slaughter, not euthanasia.
“The horses the BLM are rounding up and shipping out are as a result of cattle ranchers using BLM land to graze cattle. It cuts costs for the cattle rancher to rotate to BLM land than it is to continually fortify pastureland.”
No. BLM mustangs eat too much and will graze themselves into starvation. The BLM is NOT doing ranchers any favors in the west. You also don’t seem to understand how much land in the west is Federal...
“I’m sorry to hear your horses aren’t intelligent....perhaps it’s their breeding or perhaps it’s the person trying to work with them.”
Sorry. Your problem is that you are NOT any smarter than a horse, and thus can’t recognize how stupid they are.
Bless your heart.
Aging the meat will tenderize it just fine. Would you prefer that we continue shipping horses to Mexico slaughterhouses where they get their throats cut with a knife?
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