A Springfield judge ordered the Department of Natural Resources to refrain from issuing a waste water permit to Rains Natural Meats, a horse slaughter plant intending to open in the northwestern part of Missouri in Gallatin.
According to the Springfield News-Leader.com, Barbara Sink, a Daviess County resident and two Missouri horse rescues have filed suit against the DNR contending that runoff from the slaughter of horses will contaminate the water and soil.
The attorney for the plaintiffs, Steve Jeffery, states at least 100 different drugs which are not allowed for use in animals that are raised and slaughtered for human consumption, are routinely used in the day to day treatment and veterinary medication and care of horses. In the United States horses are not raised for food. These drugs are deemed dangerous to human health. Steve Jeffery stated:
“While the type of permit Rains applied for would allow the discharge of certain substances, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, oil and grease, the permit does not authorize the storage and land application of these equine drugs which are banned for use in humans and other animals. Consequently, DNR lacks legal authority to approve Rains’ application.”
David Rains, the vice president of the horse slaughter plant states the judge's order is "illegal" and plans to fight the decision. Rains contends the decisions are based on the emotional response to horse slaughter.
Over 80% of the American population are against horse slaughter plants opening in the United States.
The next hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
Last Friday, a federal judge in Albuquerque granted a temporary restraining order delaying the opening of two horse slaughter plants; one facility in Roswell, N.M. and the other in Sigourney, Iowa for the next 30 days. The Humane Society of the United States and other humane organizations allege the USDA failed to conduct environmental reviews under the Environmental Protection Act. A bond hearing is set for Thursday.
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