Graphic Video: Animal’s Angels Capture What Horses Go Through Before They Even Get To Slaughter!

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“Please share the video below with everybody you know! Most country’s were built on the back of horses & this is how they are repaid…it’s Fxxxxxg disgusting!!” 

“Please support all horse welfare charities that are trying to stop the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Please try to watch so you can understand the suffering they go through…the first video is fine to watch; the second, well it shows the truth & it’s not pretty or nice!!”

Just a few of the many petitions to sign; please

John Birdsong IES Case

Published on 5 Apr 2014

This video shows a mare delivered to the Cavel horse slaughter plant in Illinois on behalf of kill buyer John Birdsong. The mare should have never been loaded in this horrific condition. This is just more proof that horse slaughter – no matter if on US soil or in Canada or Mexico – will NEVER be humane. Please share wide and far and urge your representative to support the SAFE ACT, legislation that would ban the slaughter of US horses for human consumption.

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Hoof-beats of Horror

Published on 31 Mar 2014


Animals’ Angels ( latest video shows the brutal reality of the horse slaughter industry in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Argentina. Our investigators followed the slaughter horses’ torturous journey all the way from US auctions to kill buyer feedlots and from there to export pens and slaughter plants across the border. 

Please share this video wide and far, it is more proof that horse slaughter will never be humane and that it needs to stop immediately. 

Please support the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE ACT; S.541;H.R.1094) Act , legislation introduced to stop the export of US horses across the border for slaughter in Mexico & Canada and to prevent US horse slaughter plants from reopening. 

Contact your representative now and urge him/her to support this important legislation. THANK YOU SO MUCH!


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VERY GRAPHIC MEDIA: Petitions to sign: “Torneo de Lazo” Horses Eviscerated Alive For Fun

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“I actually started writing this several weeks ago, but can only now bring myself to finish it, as my tears have dried up & given way to anger! No animal deserves to be used & tortured in such a heinous manner, for human entertainment; which is why it should be stopped.”

“This barbaric, disgusting spectacle should have been outlawed many years ago; this should not be allowed to continue in the 21st Century. Where are the animal welfare laws? We have to make the Mexican Government listen & they will only do that if enough people shout…so I beg you; please sign these petitions:-

Read some of the petition text:-

The pain and suffering inflicted on the horses is immense. The fact that this is a “public event” witnessed by all, including children is very harmful to all.
They call it a feast. In the state of Yucatan, Mexico there is a “rodeo” type event called “Torneo de Lazo” where bulls ram horses and eviscerate them. THIS CAUSES A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF PAIN TO THE HORSES.
These horses usually collapse and while still alive continue to get trampled by bulls and other horses during the length of this violent and cruel event where horsemen try to lasso the running, charging bulls (the bulls are specifically bred and trained to ram horses).

Although it is against the law, this is only in name. Mexico’s federal government as well as the local authorities do nothing to stop this. This event takes place state wide all year round.

One bull was well known for killing horses, but the bull was eventually strangled to death by cowboys sick of him defeating their horses.

Horse collapsed after being gored by bull!

“Can you imagine the horses terror & pain if gored; trying to escape the bull, with their stomach contents pouring out! If they make it out the ring, I’ve heard that some owners may try to put the horses organs back inside (if not that bad) & stitch it up so it can go another round! Some owners may figure the horse is going to die, so might as well get the most out of it until it collapses. If a gored horse can’t be patched up; it gets a bullet! These owners can not possibly love or care for their horses or their safety, if they did they wouldn’t put them in harms way in the first place!”

 “Don’t forget the poor bulls, this is all they know, they don’t distinguish between the horse & the rider; the bulls are roped & provoked, so of course they charge at the horse! But the bulls also suffer injuries, they can break off part of a horn or break legs trying to free themselves from the ropes. One can not blame the bulls for goring horses, those to blame are the ones riding the horses, antagonising the bulls; along with those allowing this despicable event to happen in the first place!”

“The horses have no protection…this horrific form of so called ‘entertainment’ depends on how fast the horse can run or outwit the bulls; bulls are not slow or stupid!! One can’t help but wonder the sheer terror these horses feel, when pitted against a bull! 

Please demand the Mexican government to put and end to this barbaric event.

Please sign these petitions:- 

The video below shows what the bulls are capable of!! I find it astounding that when a horse is gored the crowd start screaming in shock etc! Erm….excuse me, but they paid to see this sickening event!!!

Viewer discretion Advised – The Terrible vs The Black 2013

Published on 13 Apr 2013

Best Black Bows with his horse The little note at the Rancho Don Chencho Terrible. Proving it is one of the best cowboys of the peninsula.

“People wonder why children abuse animals; well if they are allowed to see animals being ridiculed, abused & tortured, then they will probably grow up to have little or no respect for animals either! 

“I feel I must explain the following video, for those who do not wish to view it; because you need to know how horrific this gruesome, so called form of entertainment is; to help put an end to it!

“A stunning grey horse is gored by the bull on its hind flank; it looks to me like its external  abdominal oblique muscles start to spill out almost at once! Unfortunately the horse collapses as it is being taken out of the ring…sadly there is no hope for this stunning sentient being. So it is dragged through the gates; children watch as someone casually takes a gun out & points it at the horses head, it takes a couple of bullets to end the horses suffering! Then, in the final & most undignified act, the once beautiful grey is pulled through the mud & away from the gates, by other horses; as if it was some inanimate object! It looks like the bull pays with his life also, as at the end of the video it shows the ropes etc. possibly caused him to break his lower leg! 

 Viewer Discretion Is Very Strongly Advised 

Jaripeo rancher coat, tie and rider. trajedias in Moroleon, Gto

Published on April 4, 2012

Jaripeo in Moroleon, Gto last March 25, 2012 Toro trimming of the Novillo JL hits the horse Chivo de la Cruz and then in a bad bull sale Jalon fractured his hand. (In this video there are strong images are warned of its content) thanks …

“WTF….what sort of people pay & also let their children watch, such a gruesome form of entertainment & think it normal? Humans can choose to fight in a bull ring; the animals can not!”

Please sign these petitions & share them; no animal should die for human entertainment:-

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Graphic Image: Request Bill for Animal Abuse Punishment in Baja California, Mexico.

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“When I saw the petition against this despicable act, of course I signed. But having read other articles, the young man accused said he found the dog already dead, he says it was a joke that got out of hand. It doesn’t make it easy to understand when all articles have to be translated, so are not easy to read. I just wanted to put relevant info out there for others to read & digest!”.

“Even if Aaron Martinez did not kill the dog, he is guilty of being stupid & very disrespectful of life by posting the following picture to Facebook; for that alone, he should be severely punished!”

On Tuesday August 20, 2013, Aaron Pino Martinez, originally from Tecate, Baja California, posted on his Facebook account a picture of a canine crucified, with clear signs of abuse and torture.

Aaron Pino Martinez,

Aaron Pino Martinez,

This besides being outrageous, is a clear indication that such individuals should be reprimanded and punished, thus ensuring broadcast a message to all those people who abuse animals. Stop this kind of actions, and above all, do not let guys like Aaron Martinez Pino remain free.

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Petition to sign please:-

I tried to find out more about this incident. The following web page has several links (none of which I could copy & paste for some strange reason) so had to type the content, Note, is not easy to understand as it has been translated, but it is written exactly as it is on the webpage; punctuations & all:-

It was a game, social network photo says young tecatense

TIJUANA, Baja California (PH) was last Monday afternoon when Aaron Pino Martinez, 22 years old, decided to get on his Facebook profile is shown carrying a picture of a dog nailed to a wooden cross. ‘s image published the social network accompanied by the description “The Chuyita’ crucified” went viral in minutes, and attacks against tecatense did not wait, the news made national relevance. Newspapers in interview Healy said it all started as a game and never measured the consequences of their actions, with which only wanted to mention that he had found the dog in that situation. “What started as a game misunderstood and ended like a super news and I come to clarify what actually happened,” he said. acknowledged that was an irresponsible act on your part to take the picture, but that at no time mistreated mascot, and versions in circulation are false, but now it is impossible to leave of his house “Magic Town” without being identified. “I never took it with the wrong mindset, never passed through my mind about that, was just want you all to watch this, I do not stain found in the, how crazy, “he said. recounted it all started when he went to the store with his girlfriend, and to cross the rive found the dog dead and crucified, he said, he called attention to be unusual, they had decided bury, and to go home for shovels to dig, was when he decided to take the picture. Having that said they buried the dog, went home, and everything went normally until the picture went away, without passing over 30 minutes to start to reach the criticism. “want everyone to know the truth, that the dog was dead, simply, it was something I did to make my Facebook friends to see, a dog crucified” he said. According Aaron, I stole the image, changed the information to indicate that he murdered and abused animals, and also have opened a Facebook fake him in his official account began receiving threats, so he had to shut it down. “No joke, no joke something that has become supernews…when I went up I never thought of the consequences that could happen, I said two or three hours and off by the very fact that the photo is half pirate, I said, I do not have that on my Facebook, “he explained. Nothing more was because I found it, buried it, the cure to publish the activity I did, but people do not take the sense of humor, he added. “It’s a lie and people talk the talk, I arrepentidisimo and message to all is that with those things do not play…have known nothing else had taken where I was, to see how I was, “he explained. stated that is relaxed because he knows that he did that to the dog, but his mistake was to have taken the photograph and having risen to Facebook.

“The following link, also contains other sites regards this offence, but again, it won’t let me copy & paste. I can’t type them all out. They are also disjointed & hard to understand, so if you wish to know more, you will have to click & read yourself…sorry”!

Aaron Pino feels under threat:

In brief:-

Aaron Pino Martinez claimed his life and that of his family, gave a 180 degrees, which was left without friends, and you can not go anywhere, they have received death threats, but things can not be solved with violence. “People of Tecate I considered friends are sharing misinformation and edited photos of all my friends…I thought they would answer for me, my friends are really counted,”he said.

Associations not accept apologies from young tecatense:-

In brief:-

Representatives of civil associations Humane Society of Tijuana said they will not accept apology of Aaron Pino and will proceed according to the law.
Leticia Coto, head of the Humane Society said that although that may be true his statement the he did not kill the supposed joke denoting animal abuse and a lack of respect for life. By this reason, interpose a claim against the person responsible, to investigate how the animal ended up in that situation and to clarify if you really found her like Pino. Regarding Aaron Pino, said that “he feels he did nothing wrong. He said that he was never repented, because in every interview he only mentioned that it was a joke that got out of control, without being really aware of his transgression, why doubt his apology. On the other hand, said that although repudiate his act, never do anything to violate their physical, so his act will be on legal grounds.

Seek psychological help for young tecatense:-

“I have no idea what is being said in the following video, but it is obvious wherever he is shooting the video, there are a lot of decaying animals; that appear to have been left already dead; or left to starve to death!”

Aaron Pino recreates how he found ‘Chuyita’ (In Spanish)

Published on 22 Aug 2013

He who owes nothing, fears nothing: Aaron Pino (Chuyita) Aaron Young tecatense Pino did get BORDER facilities a “VideoHome ‘, which recreates how the incident occurred.

Another video spoken in foreign language, I would love to know what he is saying:It was a game, social networking photo: Young tecatense

Published on 20 Aug 2013

The news portal exclusive interview Pino Aaron Martinez, who caused controversy after publishing a dog nailed to a wooden cross, said it all started as a game, and never measured the consequences of their action. Centre information Maria Esther Hernandez and images of Jael Norzagaray.

Sonora, The First Mexican State To Ban Bullfighting

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“Translated by Google  to English!”

The Mexican state of Sonora, this week Became the first state in the country to ban bullfighting after the approval of a law against cruelty to animals, however I, cockfighting is still not banned Because its popularity.

“It Caused quite a stir Because we are the first state in the country to pass this law. I really did not expect it, and I Say This With All honesty, I did not know how the national and international reaction and impact it was going to have, “said Local congressman of Mexico’s Green Party (PVEM), Vernon Perez Rubio.

On the radio station Formato 21, Perez welcomed the decision taken last May 2 by the Congress of Sonora, who unanimously voted for the approval of the Law for the Protection of Animals.

“It is a That law contains 72 articles, all very important for the coexistence Between animals and humans,” added the coordinator of the Green Party (PVEM).

This political party said in a statement Also That the law “not only prohibits bullfighting”, but “also Protects other domestic animals.”

Based on several surveys, the Green Party That Also factotum believes “clearly more than 70% of Mexicans are against the continuation of bullfighting in the country.”

The protest against bullfighting acerca came two years ago in Sonora, When an event was held before 18,200 people in a stadium for a ban of These events, Explained Perez.

This new legislation That is supported by five social civil organizaciones has sparked some criticism, Because on one hand it prohibits the abused, martyred, mutilation, abandonment, and deliberate killing of domestic Animals with penalties That Range from “ends” to “arrests” but it excludes cockfighting.

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Horse-killing Video Draws Wide Reaction: Sappington Dismissed

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A video of a Roswell slaughterhouse employee fatally shooting a horse after swearing at “animal activists” has sparked outrage across the country.

Officials with the state Livestock Board also are investigating to see if the video depicts animal cruelty, according to the Albuquerque Journal. The board executed a search warrant Thursday at the Dexter home of Tim Sappington, who had worked in maintenance for the Roswell area Valley Meat Co., the Journal reported.

Tim Sappington

Sappington, who is shown in the video, was quoted about how he enjoyed eating horse meat in a report by Bloomberg News. Members of animal support groups began contacting media outlets about the year-old video Thursday after the Bloomberg report was circulated.

Albuquerque Business First received several calls and emails after it posted a link to the Bloomberg report on its website.

Valley Meat Co. is seeking USDA inspections so it can begin slaughtering horses to export the meat to Mexico and overseas markets. It issued a statement confirming that the man in the video is Sappington. It also said Sappington has been dismissed.

The company’s Albuquerque lawyer, A. Blair Dunn, said Valley Meat fired Sappington after becoming aware of the video, which has now become the focus of a public relations campaign by the Horse Plus Humane Society, according to the Journal.

We agree that his (Sappington’s) comments were regrettably crass, not contributing anything to this dialogue so we do not condone his statements,” according to the Valley Meat statement, “but he was within his lawful rights to slaughter and butcher a horse and he was not acting as an employee of the company in that action.”

Dunn told the Journal that since Valley Meat began trying to become the first company in the U.S. since 2006 to slaughter horses for the consumer market, the company’s owners and staff have received death threats and bomb threats. The slaughterhouse has also been burglarized and vandalized, Dunn told the Journal

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Bengal tiger savages his American trainer to death in front of horrified audience watching circus performance in Mexico

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“My sympathies are with the family at this sad time. However I can not go against my views, that wild animals be caged & used as entertainment for humans. It only becomes a matter of time before a tragedy on either side can happen. Tigers or any other animal do not belong in circuses. No animal should be forced to perform unnatural & repetitive tricks that are harmful to the animals health. It has been well documented that animals in circuses are taught through fear, it is this fear that makes the animals perform, not because they either like or want to.”

” No wild tiger would jump through fire, just as no wild elephant would stand on its head or hind legs. It has also been proven that many animals suffer stress, depression & show signs of psychosis; i.e. repetitive bobbing or pacing back & forth. These powerful creatures belong in the wild not behind a cage, or performing in a circus ring; I think the days of the traditional circus with wild animals will come to an end very soon!”

  • U.S. citizen Alexander Crispin circled two tigers during his act
  • One of the animals then lunged towards him and pulled him down
  • The 35-year-old was bitten on the neck before dying in hospital
  • Video of the attack in Sonora state was posted on YouTube

A tiger killed its trainer during a circus performance in northern Mexico, it emerged today. 6/02/2013

Footage posted on YouTube purportedly shows the trainer, American Alexander Crispin circling two tigers during his act for Circo Suarez in Sonora state.

One of the animals then lunges towards the 35-year-old and pulls him to the ground

This picture is believed to show the trainer Alexander Crispin ‘Suarez’, who was killed by a tiger during a performance of Circus Suarez in the city of Hermosillo, Mexico

Mexican news agency Notimex reported Mr Crispin suffered neck injuries from bites and scratches on Saturday.

He was taken by ambulance to the Red Cross hospital Huatabampo, Sonora where he died while receiving medical care, as a result of hypovolemic shock

The video shows spectators fleeing the circus tent as two workers beat the tiger to free Mr Crispin, who was pinned to the ground.

It is presumed that the Bengal Tiger was killed by one of the companions of the trainer during the struggle to try to save the trainer’s life.

The owner of Circo Suarez was yesterday called to testify at the Public Ministry in the town of Etchojoa, where the attack occurred.

Thumbs up: Alexander Crispin is believed to be shown in this picture playing with a tiger

Valente Malon, who local media says is the owner of the circus currently set up in the town’s Plaza Indigena, was summoned by officials.

In the wild, Bengal tigers live alone and aggressively scent-mark large territories to keep their rivals away – but rarely attack humans. “Only when they are fed up performing the same routine acts night after night”

The most famous of these occurred in October 2003 when Roy Horn, of the famous Siegfried & Roy Las Vegas show, was attacked by a seven-year-old white tiger named Montecore during one of the duo’s performances.

Horn was in critical condition for several weeks after he suffered massive blood loss and a stroke, but eventually recovered.

In their natural habitat Bengal tigers are powerful nocturnal hunters that travel many miles to find buffalo, deer, wild pigs, and other large mammals.

The tigers use their distinctive coats as camouflage and lie in wait and creep close enough to attack their victims with a quick spring and a fatal pounce.

A hungry tiger can eat as much as 60lbs in one night, though they usually eat less. Despite their fearsome reputation, most tigers avoid humans however, a few do become dangerous man eaters. “Usually when there is a human animal conflict, humans are encroaching on tiger areas which is having a devastating effect on the tigers pray. They are usually killed after they have taken a villagers goat or cow…but they have to eat!”

These animals are often sick and unable to hunt normally, or live in an area where their traditional prey has vanished. Females give birth to litters of two to six cubs, which they raise with little or no help from the male.

Cubs cannot hunt until they are 18 months old and remain with their mothers for two to three years, when they disperse to find their own territory. “That is if they are lucky enough not to get caught in a trap, poisoned or killed by poachers. Tiger wine is having a massive effect on wild tigers, they stand no chance above the human ways of killing”

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Help Stop The Consumption Of Dogs & Cats In Asia

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“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages” ~ Thomas A. Edison


For Petitions, News, Statistics, Videos & How to help etc. visit PTROA:-

Stand By Animals In China And Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, VietNam:

“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” ~Albert Einstein

Frequently asked questions about the law &  dog eating in Korea – By Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA):-

What you can do & how you can help:-

  • Boycott
  • Petitions
  • Wright to South Korean Government (Sample letters)
  • Write to South Korean Companies (Sample Letters)
  • Write, post comments, tweet to International Organisations  (Contact info, sample letter)
  • Ask News Media to report this issue (Links)
  • Boycott Winter Olympics (Petitions, sample letters)
  • Write to President Obama (Email addresses)
  • Donate
  • Participate
  • Write to your local News paper (Sample letter)
  • All the above at:-

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Graphic Detail: In March, Milwaukee Man Charged With Raping Dog

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“I wasn’t sure whether to share this with it being an older case, but then I think you the public should have a right to know, about as many of these perverts as possible; It is not my intention to offend, only educate & make people aware that PIGS like this live amongst us! I would suggest stamping their foreheads with a tattoo saying “I Rape Animals” At least then the public would know to stay away & keep their pets away from scum like this….something has to be done!”

“The Germans tattooed the Jews etc.; simply for they were.I bet survivors are forever reminded of their haunting past. So yes, defo…get a tattoo stuck on the forehead of every animal rapist or abuser…that way, we can all know who they are!!”

March 15th 2012 –  Man charged with raping dog

Milwaukee man is facing charges after allegedly raping his neighbour’s dog.
It came to light after a woman set up a webcam in her south side home.

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58-year-old Jose Mora

Maribel Sanchez was watching a closed circuit monitor in her kitchen when she caught the man, whom she hired to lay brick, having sex with her pet dog, Diego.

Police performed a rape kit on the dog. 58-year-old Jose Mora is charged with 2 counts of sexual gratification, mistreating animals, dog napping, and disorderly conductHe is out on bond.

If convicted, he faces 9 months in jail

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July 2, 2012 – Update 

Milwaukee – On Monday, a Mexican national who pleaded guilty to multiple misdemeanour’s for dog napping, cruelty and having sex with an animal was sentenced to serve time in jail. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Richard J. Sankovitz sentenced Jose L. Mora, 58, to seven months at the Milwaukee County House of Corrections. He is also expected to be deported to Mexico after serving his sentence.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) also processed Mora last month for being undocumented and in the country illegally. ICE approved an ordered to deport Mora once he completes his jail term in Milwaukee County.

Last month, Mora originally from the state of Michoacan pleaded guilty to three misdemeanour’s  one count each of sexual gratification with an animal (dog), intentional mistreatment of an animal and disorderly conduct. Under a plea agreement, the court dismissed Mora’s three other charges of dog napping, sexual gratification with an animal and intentional mistreatment of an animal.

On March 9, Mora was taken into custody by Milwaukee police after Maribel Sánchez-Murillo, 29, filed a complaint alleging that she witnessed Mora raping her dog named “Diego” in a family garage at the 1500 block of S. 9th St. A video surveillance camera inside the garage was live stream and transmitted horrid and cruel images to an inside house monitor showing Mora forcing the 1-year old German Shepherd to have sex with him.

“I’m not sure this is the right link, I deleted my history & now can’t find several links I needed, sorry”

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Rescued dog gets special prosthetic legs to walk again

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A dog named Lemon Pie was the victim of a violent act by criminal gangs in Mexico.

When he arrived at a rescue shelter called Canine Miracles he was missing his front paws. They did not want to give up on Lemon Pie, but they knew he would need special help in order to walk again. That’s when the group set out to raise the money to get Lemon Pie two front prosthetic limbs to give him the power to walk and play again!

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A dog in Mexico has been given a new lease of life after receiving prosthetic legs.

It is claimed that the dog, named Lemon Pie, had his paws cut off by members of a criminal gang.

He was found in a rubbish bin in the city of Fresnillo.

Tim Allman reports.

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Missouri Horse Slaughter Plant Hopes To Be First To Operate In U.S.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 11 (Reuters) — A town in Missouri is trying to be the first of several in the United States to get a new plant to slaughter horses, now that Congress has overruled animal rights groups to allow the killing for the first time in five years.

U.S. slaughter of horses ended in 2007 when Congress, at the urging of animal rights groups, halted funding to inspect processing plants. The unintended result was thousands of horses abandoned or neglected, and even more enduring hundreds of miles of travel to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.

After a government report last year detailed the abuses of horses, Congress restored inspection money to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for this year.

“People are giving away horses every day because they can’t sell them,” said Wayne White, president of the Missouri Equine Council. “All the rescue places are over-populated.”

Horse meat is sold for human consumption in China, Russia, Mexico and other foreign countries, according to Unified Equine, a Wyoming company proposing to open a horse-slaughter plant in Rockville, Missouri. Horse meat is also used for zoo animals.

The proposed plant, at a facility previously used for cattle processing in Rockville, has strong support in the community. But animal rights advocates have not given up the fight.

“Americans are revolted by horse slaughter, it’s cruelty they just don’t want to support,” said Lindsay Rajt of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

In a report last year, the Government Accountability Office documented an increase in horse neglect and abuse since slaughtering ended and found that by 2010 nearly 138,000 horses were being sent annually to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.

Unified Equine hopes to open its slaughtering plant in Rockville in September, followed by one in Hermiston, Oregon. Another company, Valley Meats, intends to open a plant in Roswell, New Mexico.

The Missouri and New Mexico plants both requested U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections, according to the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. But “a significant amount of time” will be required to update inspection procedures, the service said in a statement on Wednesday.

Even though Congress restored funding, the appropriations committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, which allocates how money is spent, again withdrew money for horse slaughter inspections in the fiscal 2013 budget. The proposal still would have to be approved by the full House and Senate.

Equine chief executive Sue Wallis said she has heard of people in 18 states and several Native American tribal areas exploring horse slaughter plants.

Residents of Rockville, a town of about 150 people 100 miles south of Kansas City, turned out in force at a meeting last month to support the new plant, said Mayor Dave Moore.

“I don’t know of anyone (in town) who is not for it,” said Dennis Heiman, operator of a grain elevator that has been Rockville’s largest employer since 60 jobs were lost with the closing of the beef plant two years ago. The horse plant is expected to create 50 jobs.

Owners of rescue ranches see the problem of neglected and abused horses first-hand. The Changing Leads Equine Rescue ranch just outside Kansas City, Missouri, is at its capacity of eight unwanted horses, said Tina Weidmaier, president of the all-volunteer organization.

Joe Black, a draft horse, was 700 pounds underweight by the time it was rescued from a pasture last August, Weidmaier said. Its owners moved to Florida and left it alone to graze for nearly a year, she said. He is back to his healthy weight but has a chewing disorder, she said.

Many people abandon or seek to give away their horses because of the cost, said Ericka Caslin, director of the Unwanted Horse Coalition. A horse costs an average of about $2,600 annually to feed and board, not counting veterinary bills, she said.

There are an estimated 170,000 unwanted horses in the United States, Caslin said, yet her group has no position on slaughtering plants. Neither does its parent group, the American Horse Council in Washington nor do some rescue ranches, such as Changing Leads.

“We’d rather focus on the problem than on everyone else’s solution,” Weidmaier said.

Animal rights advocate Rajt said the number of unwanted horses going to slaughter is fueled by racehorse or rodeo breeders who dispose of dozens of animals not deemed “the next big winner.” Horse slaughter and the shipping of horses to Mexico and Canada should be banned because it is cruel, she said.

But Wallis of Unified Equity said banning horse slaughter or shipment for slaughter would put well over 100,000 more horses per year at risk of abandonment, abuse and a slow death.

“It’s hard to imagine the magnitude of that,” Wallis of Equine said. “It would be an unmitigated disaster.” (Editing by Greg McCune and Jackie Frank)

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