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Missouri town hopes to have first U.S. horse slaughter plant

General July 12, 2012

President of the Changing Leads Equine Rescue farm Weidmaier leads "Joe Black" at the organization just outside Kansas CityKANSAS CITY, Missouri (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. …

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