Hermiston, Oregon, is a potential site for a horse processing plant and rejuvenation project, organized by United Horsemen. "In addition to slaughter, the plant would include an onsite 'Rest and Rejuvenation Program,'" in which horses would be evaluated and then go into either training, rejuvenation or processing, Agri-Pulse reports. A United Horsemen representative said slaughter would be humane, and equipment and management has been approved by Dr. Temple Grandin to "ensure a minimum of stress and pain" for horses.
Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary will host the 2012 American Equine Summit this weekend, with its stated objective "to reverse the damage done by Congress in November 2011 by mobilizing an effective grassroots movement to end the slaughter of America's horses in the U.S. and abroad." President Susan Wagner told Agri-Pulse Congress had ignored the will of more than 80 percent of Americans who oppose horse slaughter. But former Texas congressman Charles Stenholm said U.S. horse slaughter is best for equestrian welfare: "Horses are undoubtedly special, but they're livestock. The idea that you can take away the salvage value of horses is having a devastating impact on the industry right now."
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