Not in Our Backyards: New Mexicans Reject Horse Slaughter

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 11:15am
Not in Our Backyards: New Mexicans Reject Horse Slaughter

When the news broke that New Mexico could be weeks away from opening a horse slaughter plant, our hearts went out not only to the horses who would fall victim to gruesome deaths, but also to the citizens of New Mexico. If the plant opens, New Mexico’s reputation will be blackened by its association with the incredible cruelty inherent to this grisly industry—and its citizens will be burdened by the economic peril, decline in property values, chronic environmental hazards and awful stench that horse slaughter plants bring to communities.

There is a broad consensus in this nation that horses should not be slaughtered for human consumption—and New Mexico is no exception. A new statewide poll shows that 70% of New Mexico voters are opposed to the slaughter of U.S. horses for human consumption and do not want a horse slaughter plant in their community. This strong opposition is represented across political parties, ethnicities and locations within the state.

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Fortunately, we have a chance to stand up for horses and communities like Roswell, New Mexico, that would be plagued by the resumption of horse slaughter in the United States. The ASPCA works closely with federal legislators and other advocacy groups in support of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, a federal bill to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. and their export for that purpose abroad. Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to urge your U.S. senators and representative to support and cosponsor the SAFE Act.

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Carolyn Wilson

Please Don't Let these Beautiful, Sweet Horses Suffer at the Hands of a Slaughterhouse!

patricia gomez

Very very sad.. please change and stop killing the horses


PLEASE don't harm the horses!!!! This is heart breaking!

Maria Cataldo

Please just stop the slaughter !

Sheryl Alvis

We, in Oklahoma was not fortunate to keep this shame out of our state, due to a handful of money greedy corporations, politicions and a puppet of a governor, Mary Fallin. Our polls showed 70% of Oklahoman's did not want Horse slaughter broughtto our state. Our governor, chose to overlook those facts. Their debate was all based on lies and their argument was that it was humane for all the sickly, old, unwanted horses. BTW, old, sickly horses, do not go to slaughter for meat consumption, it's healthy, prime horses that end up going to slaughter for their meat. Nothing what so ever, is humane about the process of slaughter. I pray this does not happen in your state.


My family and I were just in the midst of planning a trip to New Mexico.. but, after reading this article, I am appalled and disgusted that New Mexico would even consider opening a horse slaughter plant. Canceling my NM vac plans until further info is available. As of now I will not spend one nickle in New Mexico.
Please don't allow this to happen.

louise christiansen

It`s so disgusting when a beautiful animal is just food to savages in new mexico. Try to be a human and start caring for those poor defendless creatures instead of execute them!!! THEY DO NOT DESERVE IT !!!

Tawny Beattie

This is all about money...there is NO need for the cruelty that horses will needlessly endure! If this disturbing act is put into place, what does this say to the world and future generations about our culture and about us as a humans? I vote NO to the slaughtering of these beautiful, majestic creatures!!!


Maybe we should give the people abusing animals the same treatment there giving out. I would be first in line !!!!

Gail Parver