The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

July 4, 2013

Responses mixed over horse slaughter facility

(Continued)

”Way back when it was originally put up it did beef processing,” she said. “When that went out, then it became turkey, so it’s always been a meat processing location.”

The facility sits 3 miles northeast of Sigourney in an “agricultural setting,” Miletich said, meaning there are no houses within a half-mile or mile of the facility.

The facility will face several regulations, including the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

”The American Veterinary Medical Foundation stated when properly used and maintained, the penetrating captive bolt is a humane method of euthanasia for horses,” Walker said. “Currently, horses travel for days to be slaughtered. By removing the 1,000-mile journey and utilizing USDA oversight, we are a more humane alternative.”

Michael Berg, chair of the Keokuk County board of supervisors, said the owners faced no opposition from the board and received their full support.

He also doesn’t understand why anyone would be against the facility.

”[The horses are] dying on the road on their way to Mexico,” he said. “I don’t understand the problem.”

Walker said the facility’s capacity is approximately 40 horses per day.

”Per year, we would be processing only around 5 percent of the horses currently being transported to Canada and Mexico,” he said.

Miletich is glad the facility is no longer vacant and doesn’t see it being a detriment to the community.

”The men have done their homework,” she said. “They know what unwanted horses have had to go through in order to be transported to Mexico or to Canada and then be slaughtered there. And we don’t know what kinds of facilities they have in Mexico or how humane they do it. By keeping things in the U.S. and certainly in the Midwest, it’ll be easier on the horses.”

Often, it costs too much for a farmer to take their “unwanted horse” to a veterinarian to be put down, she said.

Text Only
Local News
  • Slain woman's boyfriend: I didn't kill her DAVENPORT — A married man who had an affair with a slain Wapello County woman testified this morning that he did not kill her. Jason Tinnes, a jailer who worked with the late Lisa Caldwell Techel, said their affair ended shortly before she died. Tinn

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723 OTT Grass photo -L -T Is your grass too tall? OTTUMWA — Do you let your grass grow to 12 inches before it's mowed? Do you park a vehicle in your front yard on the grass? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you could be violating the Make Ottumwa Shine Committee’s proposed amendment

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bill OK'd for data recovery OTTUMWA — Almost a month ago, the city’s Engineering Department’s server failed. After receiving and installing the necessary parts, attempts to restart the server failed, resulting in a drive being shipped to Data Recovery Services in St. Louis in h

    July 21, 2014

  • Man killed in Wapello County BLOOMFIELD — A man was discovered dead Monday of a gunshot wound in rural Wapello County. However, no further danger related to the shooting is expected. Authorities aren't giving full details of the incident, but a press release said that at 1:21 a.

    July 21, 2014

  • Forensic scientist: Residue doesn't determine who fired gun DAVENPORT — A forensic scientist who testified today in the trial of a Wapello County man accused of murdering his wife said that gun residue should be collected if possible. Seth Techel, 23, is on trial in Scott County, Davenport. He faces charges o

    July 21, 2014

  • Welding academy at Cardinal becomes reality ELDON — Many high school seniors find themselves making the decision to pursue college coursework or enter the work force upon graduation. A new program at Cardinal High School (CHS) eliminates this decision by offering courses that will allow studen

    July 21, 2014

  • 0722 stick horse color photo -L -T -M 4-H Expo encourages creatitivy OTTUMWA — Typically during the 4-H Expo, horses are kept at the horse arena in Ottumwa Park, but Saturday kids galloped around Bridge View Center on homemade stick horses. Children at the expo spent Saturday morning creating their own cowboy vest and

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gunshot victim found dead BLOOMFIELD — A man was found dead of a gunshot wound in rural Wapello County. However, no further danger related to the shooting is expected. Though authorities aren't giving full details of the incident, a press release said at 1:21 a.m. Monday the

    July 21, 2014

  • NEST program educates parents OTTUMWA — With any new job, you typically go through a training period that prepares you for the future. The Wapello County Iowa State Extension Office is offering both first-time and experienced parents helpful training through its NEST program. NES

    July 21, 2014

  • 0722 OTT hottest day map Heat arrives, but won't linger OTTUMWA — As hot as Monday and Tuesday seem, it’s not really a surprise. This is July, after all. A heat advisory went into effect at noon Monday and will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Forecasters think a front Tuesday night will bring much

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook