Mary Ann Schaan , Published February 02 2009
Horse facility study not neededWhy should our tax dollars be used to fund a study regarding the feasibility of a privately owned horse slaughterhouse in North Dakota? And why would we want to encourage the building of such a facility in our state?
The slaughterhouses that were closed in other states were foreign-owned with horses killed primarily for horse meat that was shipped overseas. The conditions were awful, and thousands of horses were killed by methods that were extremely inhumane. That’s why they were closed.
And it isn’t just horses that have “worn out their usefulness” that end up in a slaughterhouse. Any horse – healthy, old, sick, young, pregnant or foal, and even a Kentucky Derby winner a few years ago, is fair game because these folks are in it for the money.
“Lots of constituents were begging us to do this …” sounds more like out-of-state or foreign interests testing the waters of a more rural area that they hope will escape public scrutiny.
Is that really the kind of “service” we want in North Dakota?