July 1, 2013
Valley Meat Co. has been granted the right to slaughter horses for meat by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). This revelation brought out animal rights groups who are expected to show disapproval.
Horse meat cannot be sold in the US; however the product is sold overseas to other countries where the meat is consumed.
Rains Natural Meats and Responsible Transportation are expected to also receive approval by the USDA for permits to slaughter horses.
Courtney Rove, spokesperson for the USDA said: “Since Congress has not yet acted to ban horse slaughter inspection, (the agriculture department) is legally required to issue a grant of inspection today to Valley Meats in Roswell, N.M., for equine slaughter. The administration has requested Congress to reinstate the ban on horse slaughter. Until Congress acts, the Department must continue to comply with current law.”
Earlier this year, while testing an estimated 1,797 meat products for horse DNA, more name-brands have been identified; such as Birds Eye Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese and Beef Lasagne, Taco Bell ground beef and Brakes spicy minced beef skewer.
Taco Bell, subsidiary of American Tex-Mex said in a statement: “We would like to apologize to all of our customers, and we can reassure you that we are working hard to ensure that every precaution is being undertaken to guarantee that we are only supplied with products that meet the high standards we demand.”
American Tex-Mex is part of YUM Brands, which also owns Pizza Hut and KFC. The website claims that these franchises use “high quality ingredients” and those are “100 percent beef” that are “seasoned with our signature recipe”.
Horse meat is used in Taco Bell tacos, burritos, gorditas, chalupas and Nachos. It is claimed by the corporation that the horse meat originated in “Europe”.
Burger King has recently admitted that there is horse meat in their products; after denying that there is any presence of horse meat in their burgers.
Burger King said in a statement: “Four samples recently taken from the Silvercrest plant have shown the presence of very small trace levels of equine DNA… we have established that Silvercrest used a small percentage of beef imported from a non-approved supplier in Poland. This is a clear violation of our specifications, and we have terminated our relationship with them.”
Animal abuse runs rampant throughout the meat industry; nearly unabated with little media coverage brought to shine light on these cruel practices.
The Humane Society has produced undercover videos showing some of the atrocities that animals are subjected to. Please be advised that some of the footage is graphic in nature.
This clip is from an investigation conducted in 2009 about the Chinos Hallmark/Westland slaughterhouse which demonstrates the abuse livestock must endure.
This clip comes from 2009, filmed at the Bushway Packing plant where baby cows are killed for veal.
As a result of exposing these crimes by video tapping them has prompted lobbyists to make sure that law makers on the state level make this practice illegal.