The Rains Natural Meats in Gallatin has apparently given up its legal fight to slaughter horses for human consumption. According to Front Range Equine Rescue, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources informed the company that it could not engage in horse slaughter operations because of potential contamination from the byproducts of such slaughter. Attorney Bruce Wagman explains it like this: “Horses are given all sorts of drugs as they’re growing uo. Horses are not raised for food and we don’t know what drugs are in those horses when they end up at the slaughter house to be killed. A whole lot of water is used in the slaughter process. That water then runs off into the ground water. ” Wagman says it’s a danger to the environment and people in the area as well to people who consume the meat.