February 2012

Thank you to www.meatingplace.com for giving Horse Industry Association of Alberta permisssion to reprint their article.

A company owned by a Wyoming state legislator is looking at opening a horse meat processing plant in south-central Missouri.

The company, United Equine, whose chief executive is Wyoming representative Sue Wallis, is studying a site near Mountain Grove, Missouri, for the plant, which would slaughter and process horses for human consumption. The company is currently conducting a feasibility study, Wallis told Meatingplace in an e-mail.

“That phase will probably take a couple of months, which if we find that it is a fit--so far all indications are good--we will move into an aggressive timeline to develop and implement a full business plan that (if everything goes right, and nothing goes wrong) would have us opening the doors and beginning operations around September,” she wrote.

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By Dr. Jamie Rothenburger

The World Organization for Animal Health defines animal welfare as
“how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. An animal is in good welfare if it is healthy, comfortable, well nourished, safe, and able to express innate behaviour, and if it is not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear and distress.” Brideling_2

This definition provides for the basic husbandry that horse owners strive to achieve. Some horse training techniques used today result in pain, fear and distress in horses, which negatively impacts welfare. 

We have all seen the frustrated competitor punish their horse after a failed pattern long after the mistake was made. Most horse people I know want the alternative, a positive relationship with their horse, no matter if they are recreational riders or Olympic competitors. An enthusiastic horse that is easy to catch and willingly performs the desired behaviours in a graceful, free manner is the aspiration. 

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