The USDA is expected to issue permits for horse-slaughtering facilities in Gallatin, Mo., and in Iowa this week.
Unified Equine Missouri is expected to be open for business by the end of summer.
A beef packing plant near Rockville is being renovated now and should open by the end of summer.
The company is now considering whether to retrofit a closed beef processing plant in western Missouri.
Sue Wallis, CEO of Unified Equine: “Discussion’s over. Make all the noise you want. We’re going into business.”
Supporters say the plant would bring jobs and put suffering or neglected horses out of their misery.