Since the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the temporary hold blocking domestic horse slaughter, a northwest Missouri company is rushing to begin its slaughter of horses. Rains Natural Meats, located in Gallatin, Missouri, has stated its readiness to start immediately. As of Dec. 17, Rains is still waiting for an inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service [FSIS] before sending those token seven horses down the kill chute.
Rains Natural Meats has been ready to kill horses three different times within a five-month period. It is seemingly a fight for the prize – the prize being the first slaughterhouse to start the horse killings. In total, three horse slaughterhouses have been vying to start their horse butchering operations, but it has been primarily between Rains and Valley Meat after the third company pulled back. The Humane Society of the United States, along with animal welfare and protection organizations, sued to contest part of USDA’s permit processing. The action has been centered primarily in court until the lifted ban on Dec. 13, which also happened to be National Day of the Horse.
David Rains, owner of the Rains slaughterhouse, said,
We notified FSIS on Friday, requesting inspectors, and we have yet to have a response back from them. The plants ready to go. ... But it's a holiday and this is such a political basketball it's hard to make any guesstimations.
Rains has been processing beef, pork and ostrich. He set his mind on slaughtering horses and has been on hold since Monday and is ready.
Rains told KSHB:
We're a small family deal that's just trying to make a living and create jobs and make things better,
You've got extremely high quality protein--meat protein--that the world is starving for that can help feed hungry people out of these animals that are going to be destroyed anyway what's wrong with that?
He claims that his slaughterhouse will kill 30 horses in a week. He doesn’t expect to be as efficient (he says like Tyson) so Rains has to do something else that these other companies won’t.
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