20 Nevada horses are slated for slaughter in NM January 1st

Despite overpopulation myths and fear tactics that wild horses must be sterilized and given restricted use pesticides in the form of birth control, slaughtering wild horses is against the law and must be upheld. Please donate to our legal fund to fight to keep America’s mustangs safe from slaughter.

We are working hard to keep wild horses out of the clutches of Kill Buyers. Our lawsuit was very effective. http://protectmustangs.org/?page_id=5144 Our settlement stopped 2 more years of Ft. McDermitt wild horses from being rounded up and sold to slaughter under their agreement. They will try to round up the wild horses with a new agreement and we need to be ready. Please help donate to our legal fund. Write “legal fund” on your donation. It takes a village to save wild horses! 

December 18, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico horse slaughter plant plans to open Jan. 1 after a federal appeals court rolled back a court order that had kept the Roswell facility from beginning operations.

According to KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/1eqMdg1 ), Valley Meat Co. owner Rick De Los Santos says the plant will start off slow, but already has multiple meat contracts lined up.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 13 lifted an emergency order that blocked the opening of the Roswell plant, another in Gallatin, Mo., and one in Sigourney, Iowa, that has converted to beef.

Animal protection groups have been trying to block the slaughtering of horses.

De Los Santos says Valley Meat has employees ready to work and 20 horses from Nevada for slaughter.

Note in this newscast (http://bit.ly/1eqMdg1) Rick De Los Santos says he has a huge contract with China for horse meat. The Asian market is only going to skyrocket so we must fight for our wild horses to stay off their dinner plates. Please donate what you can. Thank you very much!

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6 thoughts on “20 Nevada horses are slated for slaughter in NM January 1st

  1. I pray something can be done to prevent this.But if not in time for these 20 May the Horse Angels wrap them in their arms and protect them from prolonged suffering and fear.
    At this time I cannot bring my self to pray for the souls of the slaughterers,or for my own redemption for what my heart feels right now.


    Attorney General Gary King filed a lawsuit with injunction this morning against Valley Meats.

    “AG King Files Lawsuit to Stop Horse Slaughter in NM

    (ALBUQUERQUE)—Attorney General Gary King is suing the Valley Meat horse slaughter plant in Roswell to prevent the company from killing and butchering horses for food.

    At a news conference this morning AG King announced that he has filed a lawsuit that asks for a temporary restraining order to stop the plant from opening. Valley Meat is reportedly planning to begin slaughtering horses for human food within two weeks.

    “I took this action because horse slaughter presents a genuine risk to New Mexicans’ health and to our natural resources,” says Attorney General King. “Valley Meat Company’s record of violating the state’s laws regarding food, water quality, and unfair business practices, poses serious dangers to public health and safety, to the natural environment, and to the public’s use and enjoyment of public resources, namely groundwater and land.”

    AG King reiterated that horses are administered scores of drugs that are banned for use with food animals and that are not approved for human use either. Many of these drugs have demonstrated harmful effects on humans, and others carry unknown risks. Because horses in America are not raised to be eaten, they are given these drugs without regard to whether their meat might be consumed later. In addition, horses lack medical records that would help regulators and consumers decide if their meat was safe.

    The Attorney General says, “For these reasons, I concluded earlier this year that horse meat would likely constitute an ‘adulterated’ product under the New Mexico Food Act, and therefore would be prohibited.

    AG King said he also initiated this lawsuit because Valley Meat, the plant that is on the verge of beginning commercial horse slaughter, has a very poor track record of compliance with environmental and safety laws, racking up literally thousands of violations over the years. The company has requested a state permit that is required before it can discharge wastewater, but has now stated publicly that it will begin operating on January 1, 2014, whether or not it receives the permit.

    “Our environmental laws are on the books to protect precious natural resources, especially ground water. Companies that willfully ignore those laws need to be held to account before they cause serious damage to public health or our environment,” adds AG King. “Commercial horse slaughter is completely at odds with our traditions and our values as New Mexicans. It also poses a tangible risk to consumers and to our environment. I will continue to fight on behalf of the health and well-being of New Mexicans and the protection of our groundwater and other natural resources.”

  3. We are working hard to keep wild horses out of the clutches of Kill Buyers. Our Ft. McDermitt lawsuit was very effective. http://protectmustangs.org/?page_id=5144 Our settlement stopped 2 more years of Ft. McDermitt wild horses from being rounded up and sold to slaughter under that agreement but they will try to get these wild horses from another angle so we need to be ready to fight in court. That’s why we need donations for our legal fund. Please mark your donations with “legal fund”. Thank you so much!

  4. I can not believe in this day and age there is a need to consume horsemeat,at that wild mustangs are being killed for this outdated disgusting habit!Are we going to cause them to disappear from Earth ?

  5. I hope and pray that these criminals can be stopped. Isn’t this company the one whose employee shot and killed a young horse on video a while ago? He posted it and basicly laughed at every one as he did it. I could never find out what happened to him. I was hoping he fell over dead.

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