In a news release Thursday, the
Wyoming-based company -- now registered as "Unified Equine Missouri"
-- said it's going to reopen an existing USDA-inspected meat processing
plant by summer's end. It says
The facility would kill horses to
get meat for human consumption. Sue Wallis, company
"Our whole business model is based on horse industry realities," she said. "And we have been working with scientists, experts, horse industry experts, meat industry experts."
In March 2012, plans were scrapped
(see story below) for Mountain Grove. Wallis now says the new facility in
The company says the facility will be regulated and inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture to "ensure all horses are humanely transported and slaughtered under federal humane slaughter regulations, which provide one of the highest standards in the world. USDA will oversee and verify the food safety of all products."
According to a fact sheet, the primary product will be fresh and frozen meat. The various cuts of horse meat are similar to beef or bison, ranging from high-end roasts and steaks, to ground meat, and specialty meats.
believe this is a win-win-win for both horses and people," says Wallis in
the release. "By ensuring every horse has value we ensure they are handled
appropriately at every stage, that they are used for good purposes that
contribute to the overall economy, that owners have the option of selling a
horse they no longer want or need for a good price, and that as many as fifty
good jobs that were lost almost a year ago are restored to a deserving rural
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