March 1st, 2013
09:06 PM ET

U.S. considers horse slaughtering plant in New Mexico

Where's the beef? It's a question many Americans may soon be asking if the U.S. department of agriculture approves a horse slaughtering plant in New Mexico.

Concern over horse meat-tainted food been growing.  In the past two months, Taco Bell, Burger King, and Ikea chains in Europe have all had to pull meat from the market after discovering it contained horse DNA.

The USDA says: "the United States neither slaughters horses nor imports horse meat from other countries." But the question tonight is could horse meat make it into America's food supply?

Chef: Horse meat is a 'sweet meat'

OutFront tonight: Marc Murphy, Chef and Owner of Landmarc and Ditch Plains.

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  1. Amie Selecman

    More than 80% of Americans WILL NOT eat horse meat – not only because they are our pets, our companions, but they are DANGEROUS to eat! How about doing a report on the TRUTH behind these horse slaughter plants while you're at it! My family, the Nash's, have lived in Kaufman, Texas for over 155 years, my cousin, Mary Nash had the property that she lived on and in our family for over 155 years invaded by Dallas Crown Horse Slaughter Plant. Learn what really goes on in the plants of horror – http://www.kaufmanzoning.net or just ask me!

    March 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  2. Chicorey

    Its a shame with all the information out there – that someone didn't examine this subject a little more. The owner of this plant that wants to slaughter horses has himself quite a problematic history. He was fined $86,000.00 for improper disposal of carcasses(cow) in August, 2012, and was shut down by the USDA for inhumane treatment of slaughter animals in February, 2012. So the answer is to sue the equine advocates who brought this information to the public. Sure doesn't sound like the business I'd want in my community. I'm sure the ex-mayor of Kaufman, Texas could provide information as to what happened to their area when there was a slaughter plant there. There's a great deal of information out there if one looks, and that's what I thought reporters did – investigate! That's without talking about what a brutal, inhumane end this is for horses. There is such a thing as humane euthanasia, but slaughter is NOT it.
    Not in any way, shape or form. As for providing a way for people to "get rid of their old, disabled horses" – sorry but the slaughter plants don't want old disabled horses – they want young well fed quarter horse types or thoroughbreds that cant make it on the track. Nice young horses that could have a life if they weren't sucked up by the killer buyers.
    Please, please investigate this whole issue – really investigate it. Read Vickery Eckoff in Forbes.com. or go on Utube & look at the videos of an actual horse slaughter plant. If that doesn't wake you us – nothing will.

    March 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • Laura

      I'm so glad there are more people out there that share my feelings about how wrong slaughtering horses is. The people that work at these slaughter houses all seem to be so cruel. Anyone that would take their horse to such a place because they don't want to spend the money to humanely euthanize by a vet shouldn't own a horse anyway. I have a 34 year old horse that I'm spending a lot of money on to insure he has a good-quality retirement. I had the choice of selling him or humanely euthanizing him by a vet – or spending a lot of money for a facility that has the resources and time to feed him and make him comfortable in his last years. I chose the later. I realize not everyone can afford this, and it is hard financially. But I'm happy in knowing that he is with people who care for him and take even better care of him than I can – they have to feed him three times a day, he is in a very nice stable and gets turned out every day. He actually runs around the paddock when he gets turned out, and he rolls and simply enjoys being alive. If I wasn't able to afford this great care, I would pay the vet to humanely put him to sleep. I would never sell him in a million years. I don't understand people who do that to their horses! I won't be eating any hamburgers, and I really don't eat much meat at all anymore (definately no pork and no beef). I can't stand what happens to animals in slaughterhouses!

      March 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  3. Ricky Rogers

    As a professional horse trainer I can tell you many reasons why it is NOT only inhumane to slaughter horses but is totally un- American to even think of such an atrocity. Horse slaughter plants in America, like so many other things we're doing these days gives America a black eye!

    March 2, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply
  4. Geri S

    Outrageous direction for the United States to slaughter horses. If anything, Americans should be trying to lose weight instead of adding more meat to the menu. There's got to be another way to minimize the horse population other than killing them. Where are all our scientists/veterinarians who can develop a more humane solution to horse over-population? We certainly can develop innumerable ways to go to war with all kinds of armament which brings loss of human life. Instead of starting wars, we should focus on our own problems right here in the United States which would not only save the horses but human life as well.

    March 2, 2013 at 6:49 am | Reply

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