February 22, 2024

An eastern Iowa revenue barn is component of a “horse slaughter pipeline” that sells U.S. animals to overseas processing crops in Canada and Mexico for human intake in nations around the world that consider the meat a delicacy, three animal welfare groups allege in a new report.

Kalona Profits Barn sells about 300 horses a thirty day period to “eliminate customers,” in accordance to the report introduced Thursday by the Middle for a Humane Financial system, Animal Wellness Action and Animals’ Angels. It also alleges that the horses, normally now unwell or wounded, are routinely mistreated together the way.

The last U.S. slaughtering amenities for horses shut down in 2007, the report mentioned, so the animals are ordered for export generally to Canada and Mexico, which still have this sort of processors. From there, the meat is “destined for tiny and shrinking pockets of foreign markets in China, Italy, Japan, Russia” and a couple of other nations around the world, it stated.

A new report criticizes a northeast Iowa sales barn for selling horses that are exported to meatpacking plants in Canada and Mexico. The horses are mistreated as they move through the "slaughter pipeline," the report says.

Congress “has not shut down the trade with our North American neighbors, letting this economically and culturally marginalized market to limp together.” the report stated.

The Kalona Profits Barn owner did not right away react to requests for comment Thursday. The groups reported its report, illustrated with various photographs, is dependent on witness accounts and workforce observations at feedlots and inside slaughterhouses, interviews with market workforce and veterinarians, and transport info from the U.S. Section of Agriculture and other businesses and authorities.