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post #1 of 34 Old 03-22-2010, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Wyoming Governor to Legislate Slaughter

Interesting article. Wyoming is going to legislate the slaughter of horses for human consumption. I think it makes good economic sense, although I know many of you will disagree.

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Wyoming Governor Enacts Legislation To Initiate Horse Slaughter

Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal signed HB 122 into law March 9. The law provides the Wyoming Board of Livestock with three options to deal with abandoned, stray, feral or abused animals which enter into their jurisdiction. The Board may take the animal to public sale, which was the only option prior to this legislation, or may now send the animal to slaughter or destroy the animal.

The Board of Livestock is working in conjunction with The United Organizations of the Horse to execute this law.

“Wyoming has a huge abandoned horse problem. There has been a tripling in the number of abandoned horses every year for the past three years,” said Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state representative and executive director of the UOH.

“Previously the BOL put these animals up for public sale. Now, the market is so saturated; this is no longer an option. No one wants these animals. The BOL recently received $1 for a group of 237 horses, and they were happy to get it. The expense of keeping these animals is a considerable burden,” Wallis continued.

“If the BOL chooses the slaughter option, they may provide the meat to state institutions or [non-profit organizations] at their cost or sell the meat at market price.”

There is no federal law against horse slaughter. The only caveat to this is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not authorized to inspect horsemeat. This means that state inspection services have to inspect the meat, which is how much of meat produced in the United States is inspected. State inspection standards must be equivalent to or more stringent than FDA standards.

Thus, horsemeat produced in Wyoming may be used for human consumption and will most likely be used at prisons or donated to the needy. If the meat is sold across state lines, it cannot be used for human consumption. This meat would most likely be sold to zoos.

“This is definitely going to happen. We are dedicated to showing the world that this is the best way of dealing with the problem,” said Wallis. “If you have a horse that no one wants and that cannot be supported, what better option is there? Why waste a valuable resource?

“The United Organizations of the Horse is working with Dr. Temple Grandin to develop protocol for humane horse slaughter. Temple is renowned for transforming the slaughter industry for cattle and hogs and will design similar improvements for horses,” she continued.
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“This is definitely going to happen. We are dedicated to showing the world that this is the best way of dealing with the problem,” said Wallis. “If you have a horse that no one wants and that cannot be supported, what better option is there? Why waste a valuable resource?
Totally love this part. Very smart people! Glad to see someone is thinking.
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Yes, and I'm glad to see they're going to be working with Dr. Grandin on making the slaughter plants more humane for horses.
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that's awesome to hear. I love the Wallis family. They do allot for the People.
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One down 49 to go!!

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Kevin, I really do wonder if this is going to cause a domino effect and other states will get on board with Wyoming.

Since horse slaughter is a state regulated issue and not a federal one, it's not inconceivable to me that once this gathers steam, other states will follow.

I'm sure there's more than one state government watching to see how successful Wyoming will be with this.
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I'll bet Montana follows and I hope that Utah will.

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That's what I was thinking, too.

Montana for sure, Utah probably, and maybe even Idaho.

Pretty much every state that makes up 'Big Sky Country' I can see getting on board with this. They're long on logical thinking, and short on emotional clap-trap. Making a living outdoors does that to people.
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I am 99.9% sure Mt will follow. Don't forget SD and ND!
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I am sure my closed minded state (NY) will never follow suit. Sigh!
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