Washington County takes preemptive action to prevent horse slaughter from returning

BREAKING NEWS
December 19, 2012

For more information contact: Laura Allen (425) 419-7301 or Allen Warren (360) 692-2851

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WASHINGTON COUNTY TAKES PREEMPTIVE ACTION TO PREVENT HORSE SLAUGHTER FROM RETURNING

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Horses at Florence Packing holding before shipping to the Bouvry plant in Fort MacLeod, Alberta

EVERETT, WA (Dec. 19, 2012) —- Faced with overwhelming evidence that the giant Canadian equine meat processing company Bouvry Exports had a secret plan to reopen the old Florence Packing Company horse slaughterhouse at an isolated location near Stanwood in the northern part of Snohomish County, the county council unanimously passed an ordinance today making the slaughter of a horse for human consumption unlawful and carrying a fine of up to $1,000 and jail time up to 90 days.

“What gives the law real teeth,” one advocate attending the public hearing commented, “Is that each horse slaughtered is a separate offense, and if anyone tries to get into the business of killing horses for human consumption here they now can spend a lot of time in jail and pay huge fines.”

The new law had the combined support of Washington’s leading animal welfare organizations, who were out in mass to speak at a public hearing on the proposed ordinance, as were the vast majority of members of the public in attendance, before Councilman Dave Somers, a horse owner himself, moved that it be adopted.

Although it has been a number of years since horses were butchered at the Florence Packing facility itself, the property has served as a collection point and feedlot for U.S. horses from the region destined for death at Bouvry’s Fort MacLeod, AB, plant. Florence Packing is one of the Bouvry brand names for its horse meat products and is believed to be under the complete control of Canada’s largest horse slaughter operation.

Late last year a source close to Bouvry management in Canada tipped off local horse advocates that the company was planning on reopening the Florence slaughterhouse in order to develop new markets in China and Russia that could easily be serviced from there due to its proximity to SeaTac Airport.

An indepth investigation revealed that the plant required no new local or county approvals to reopen since it’s original Use Permit is still valid, that a certificate of occupancy had recently been acquired for the long vacant buildings and that Bouvry Exports had been suddenly added to the USDA list of bonded meat processors despite having no other slaughter facilities in this country.

The clincher was when a Freedom Of Information Act disclosure was filed with the Denver field office of USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service, revealing that Bouvry Exports has acquired an application for meat inspectors for the plant and could file at anytime. The inside source advised that it held off only because its secret attempt to kill horses in the U.S. had been discovered. The company knew that lagtime due to USDA not having protocols in place for horse meat inspections would give the local community time to mount public resistance to the plant as has happened in other communities around the country, including Oregon, Missouri and New Mexico.

The key factor that made the Bouvry plan feasible was that reopening Florence Packing did not require outside investment by the multi million dollar company as those others did and an exisiting facility, even in need of some retooling, cost far less to go online than starting from scratch.

When presented with this hard evidence of the threat from Bouvry Exports, the County Council opted to to move first to head it off rather than wait and fight a costly legal campaign after the fact.

Councilman Somers said in presenting the ordinance that the evidence made it clear that this could happen and horse slaughter is not something that has a place in Snohomish County, or anywhere in the Untied States as far as he is concerned.

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Allen Warren
Horse Harbor Foundation
http://www.horseharbor.org
(360) 692-2851

The true mission of any animal welfare organization should be to eliminate the need for itself.

11 comments

  1. It is certainly good news to not have this previous slaughterplant for horses ‘back in business’ HOWEVER…he is still allowing a feedlot for Bouvry, supply of AMERICAN horses to STILL be shipped to Alberta for slaughter. In other words….still KILLING horses! Florence Packing needs to be SHUTDOWN…lets hope the owner is in fact retiring as he stated. What needs to happen for U.S. horses are the borders to be closed for them going to slaughter.

  2. Barbara Griffith · ·

    The state of Washington needs to pass a law that blocks all horse slaughter plants from ever opening up. Not only Washington but all states need to step up and pass laws that block these horror pits from ever getting a foothold in the US ever again.

  3. Dennis Davey · ·

    Congratulations, for stopping Bouvry. I am Canadian, and this person is seen as a BARBARIC MONSTER by the Canadian PUBLIC. This is a MONSTER, that is clearly above the law in Canada, thanks to the likes of Albertas Premier, the Federal Minister of Agriculture, who spends most of his time with lobbists, and lets not forget the person who would have to sanction this SHAMEFULL BARBARIC industry, none other than that defender of DEMORACY, Canadas Prime Minister.

  4. What a bunch of lies!!! never was a plan of reopening Florence packing ever. This is a pathetic attempt of misleading the public for the purpose of collecting donations. I don’t know who conjures up this stuff.

  5. “BOUVRY” CAN TAKE A ONE-WAY-TICKET BACK TO HIS OWN COUNTRY and BRING ALL HIS TROOPS WITH HIM! WE DO NOT NEED HORSE-SLAUGHTER and DON,T WANT IT! TKS! GOOD-BYE, BOUVRY!

  6. WELL DONE & CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved!

    THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL: “The true mission of any animal welfare organization should be to eliminate the need for itself.”

  7. Peppermint · ·

    there is a special place in hell for Bouvry! No more horse slaughter not now not ever!

  8. Susan Nelson · ·

    Thank heavens. Good work. This company needs stopped and an end to horse slaughter!! I’m from Alberta, Canada.

  9. lindabadham · ·

    I PRAY FOR THE HORROR TO HORSES WILL END EVERYWHERE ! LETS HOPE THAT 2013 WILL BE MORE SPIRITUAL FOR ALL LIVING CREATURES !

    1. Peppermint · ·

      Amen!

  10. Teresa Heaney · ·

    Yes. People getting together can stop these horse slaughter advocates. Bouvry needs to be stopped in his tracks and this is a huge step in the right direction.

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