Horse Processing

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

“I don’t know what we’re going to do with unwanted horses. It’s going to be a burden and in my opinion it’s likely to lead to increased numbers of equine abuse cases.”

“The sheriff had notice in the paper of a stray, 4 different horses they had picked up.”

Representative Sid Miller is trying to repeal an old Texas law that prohibits horses being processed in Texas for human consumption.

“Most of the people who want to classify horses as pets are not in it in the production aspect to make a profit. Actually, a lot of them don’t even own a horse.”

“I’ve got some horses that, some show horses and some family horses that I’d probably never take to the auction and send to the slaughter plant. I’d probably have a vet put them down and bury them on the place, but then I have some brood mares. If one of them comes up barren, or she quits making me a profit for whatever reason, I have no problem what so ever taking her to auction and she goes wherever she goes. I’m O.K. with that because it’s livestock.”

The Texas Veterinary Association and all of the horse associations are supportive of the bill except for the Thoroughbred industry; they are neutral.

“The scary part about this whole process is that it’s based on emotion and not science.”

Todd staples is the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.

“So what’s going to be the next emotional issue that people who don’t understand production agriculture…People involved in agriculture are some of the best stewards of the land ever, and of their animals.”

If there are no horse processing plants in the United States, the fear is that we’ll have a problem not unlike stray dogs and cats, and plants could open across the border that aren’t regulated to insure humane treatment of the animals. I’m Joe Brown, looking at Brazos Valley agriculture, From the Ground Up.


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