Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Because the inspectors were Federal government, and the USDA stated that they weren't going to allow their inspectors on site. The plants would had to have paid private inspectors, but the costs were apparently too prohibitive.
Don't know how they're going to get around that if the USDA is still playing hard ball, but I'm thinking they might be on board with the plan. However, states can regulate within their own borders whether or not they sell/give away any type of meat.
There was never a ban on equine slaughter nationwide, just a law stating that it couldn't be sold for human consumption. I see that WY is taking the tack that they won't be selling it for human consumption, but giving it away. That's perfectly legal. They'll be selling it for non-human consumption though, which is also perfectly legal.
There are only several states that have banned within their own borders the human consumption of horse meat. California is one, and I'm not sure of the others.
States have their own laws and rights and as long as something doesn't conflict with Federal law, that's the way it was set up to work. The Civil War was fought over States' rights, not slavery. Slavery was just one of the rights the southern states wanted to keep, but they lost and Federal law making slavery illegal went into effect.
With Dr. Grandin on board helping to make the slaughter plants more humane for equine processing, I'm very pleased. My biggest concerns weren't that the horses were going to slaughter, just that the process needed to be species-specific.
mls, even if every state doesn't have an open slaughter plant, at least they'll be closer than Canada and Mexico. Plus, we have the added benefit of now being able to regulate how the horses are cared for before they're processed.
Last edited by Speed Racer; 03-24-2010 at 02:26 PM.