Rancher Reaction To Anti Horse Slaughter Bill

Slaughtering horses for their meat an issue that will be soon be facing congress. Currently, there are three plants in the United States that slaughter horses. The meat is transported to Europe, where it's considered a delicacy.  House Resolution 503 would protect horses and prohibit the shipping, transportation and slaughtering of horses for human consumption.

We told you about an East Texas woman who says the practice is inhumane.  This afternoon, we talked to an East Texas rancher with a different view.

"I don't distinguish between a horse and cow.  They are both livestock," says Bob Miars, rancher.

Horse rancher, Bob Miars is hoping congress does not pass the anti horse slaughtering bill.

"I don't believe the government or individuals have the right to control what I do with my livestock as long as I don't treat it in a humane manner," says Miars.

He owns the Miars Arabian Ranch in Murchison.  Bob says slaughtering horses is just a way of getting rid of unwanted animals.

"If they are slaughtered even if it is for dog food that they are still being slaughtered for the food chain," says Miars.

He owns more than 30 horses and knows one day they could end up being slaughtered.

"At some point later in life they very well could be but there value today is as riding stocking, performance stock or breeding stock," says Miars.

Bob says the horses are not pets, there livestock.

"Not that I don't love my horses as much as I love my pets.  But again I would not have a problem if one of them was to be sold to a slaughter plant for food," says Miars.

Wether or not horse slaughtering will continue to be legal, that decision will be up to congress.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.  kdavis@kltv.com