GALLATIN, Mo. (KMOX) – A New Mexico company is slated to become the first to slaughter horses for food since 2007. The USDA is expected to issue permits for horse-slaughtering facilities in Gallatin, Mo., and in Iowa as early as this week.
Amanda Good, the Missouri state director for The Humane Society of the United States spoke with KMOX hosts Charlie Brennan and Debbie Monterrey, explaining why she is opposed to the idea of establishing a horse rendering plant in northwest Missouri.
“Horse meat is just unfit for human consumption,” Good says. “There is no record of the drugs that these animals receive over their lives because they’re not raised for food.”
Good says it is true that horse meat finds its way onto menus in other countries, but those horses, she says, are bred specifically for that purpose like cattle in the United States, making them subject to strict regulation.
“In Europe they do eat horse meat but they also have strict regulations on how those horses that are used as food are raised and that’s something that we don’t have here in the United States,” she says.
Horses have long been known as “companion animals,” according to Good, setting them apart from cows and chickens that are bred strictly for food.
Good says ultimately she believes killing horses for human consumption is just cruel.