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Plant Gets Permit from USDA to Slaughter Horses


It's been a heated debate in the livestock industry for nearly 7 years.
Since 2006, the United States has been closed to horse slaughter.
The United States Department of Agriculture recently made a major move--granting an inspection permit for a horse slaughter plant in New Mexico.
The plant is the first in the nation to be licensed to process horse meat since Congress banned the practice seven years ago.

Horse Breeder Angie Hansen breeds and sells registered quarter horses near Mercer. 
She says a slaughter plant should be open.
It would stop the abuse that's currently taking place in the industry.

(Angie Hansen / Horse Breeder)"There are certain countries, their staple needs is horse meat. We are kinda depriving them of their food. Not every horse can be saved. Those past retirement age and them some. You can't save them all. They are livestock."

Hansen say the nationwide ban has not only increased horse abuse, but decreased prices.

"With closing the doors, they have harmed our income. And also thru PETA's antics they have caused so many horses to be starved to death, injured, people are turning them loose they have no where to turn to take them."

It's not clear when the plant will begin operating as the USDA has to send inspectors to oversee the operations and The Humane Society of the United States and Front Range Equine Rescue are threatening legal action to stop the New Mexico planting from opening.
Two more plants are seeking approval, one in Iowa, another in Missouri.


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