Yes, some folks wanted to build a horse slaughterhouse here in Missouri.
Let's just say, folks here didn't take kindly to the idea.
The last horse slaughterhouses in the US closed several years ago, when the funding for horse slaugherhouse inspections was yanked from the USDA. Thanks to three Congressional representatives tacking an amendment on to a budget bill, the USDA funding for house slaughterhouses has been added back. Thing is, they didn't provide any money to do the inspections. Our Congress, not at work.
For an insider look at what it means to have one of these plants in your community, check out Texas Mayor Paula Bacon Kicks some Horse Slaughter Tail. Note that there's ongoing efforts to build a plant in Missouri, Tennessee, Oregon, and Washington.