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Will There Be a Horse Slaughter Plant in New Mexico!?

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 3:15pm
Close up of a horse's face

In a shocking revelation, the U. S. Department of Agriculture just confirmed that it will process Valley Meat Co. LLC’s application for a grant of inspection to begin slaughtering horses for human consumption in Roswell, New Mexico. The confirmation comes just days after furniture giant Ikea removed its signature Swedish meatballs from markets across most of Europe after they were found to contain horse meat.

“Given the current firestorm of outrage over horsemeat entering the food supply in Europe, it is time for Congress to prevent even one more American horse from suffering this terrible fate and stop horse slaughter in the U.S. once and for all,” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations.

Despite the fact that an overwhelming 80% of Americans oppose the slaughtering of horses for human consumption, Valley Meat will be the first facility to butcher horses for human consumption on U.S. soil since 2007 if its application is approved. Horses are not biologically suited for commercial slaughter and are difficult to stun before dismemberment. They will endure terrible trauma and cruelty if the plant opens for business.

“If the USDA moves forward with allowing the cruel and toxic horse slaughter industry to enter our country, this administration is leading our nation in precisely the wrong direction,” says Perry.  

Please Take Action Today!

Please call the White House message line at (202) 456-1111 and urge the Obama administration to stop horse slaughter! Here’s all you need to say:

“Please use your power to prevent any horse slaughterhouses from opening in the U.S. and to prevent the slaughter of our horses in other countries. Horses are not raised for food. This industry is cruel to horses and endangers consumers, who are eating a toxic product.”

Thank you!

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Leigha

This is insane, cruel, and cold hearted. I can't believe they would DARE open such a horrible place and mistreat such precious creatures. Please stop this!!

Lindsay Johnson

PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT PASS THIS LEGISLATION! MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, STUNNING IS DONE IMPROPERLY OR NOT DONE AT ALL. PLEASE DON'T PERMIT MORE CRUELTY.

Susan Jones

Please don't pass this! This is cruel and insane! Horses are not for consumption. They are beautiful creatures.

Lisa Birch

Unfortunately you can go to a sale barn..auction, and buy a horse for $60.00 or less...and most of the time it's a Rescue trying to save them from Slaughter but there are buyers who will purchase a whole'lot' to take to market.
I totally disagree with killing horses.. they are a huge part of our American History ...The Great West...
I could be wrong..but thought years ago they were no longer considered 'livestock'.I can't imagine sitting down to eat one..whether a retired Race Horse,a Foal,Old Age,ect.
We are not a European Country...and we sure don't slaughter our beloved companions...cats and dogs for dinner.

Janet

There should be a place where we can sign a petition. This is unnecessary and cruel.

Marie Crawford

There are so many unwanted and poorly trained horses in the USA. So many of these horses are a bi-product of the horse racing industry. I think this is horse slaughter plant is horrible and killing them is horrible. Tell me, what do you think can be done with all the unwanted horses, wouldn't it be proactive to push for reform in the racing industry?

Karen Bocon

ARE U FRICKIN KIDDING ME??? WE DONT SLAUGHTER ENOUGH ANIMALS IN THIS WORLD, WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH THINGS TO EAT SO WE HAVE TO SLAUGHTER HORSES NOW??? NO!!!! THIS IS SOO WRONG ON MANY LEVELS, AND IF WE START DOING THIS ITS LIKE WE ARE GOING BACKWARDS AS FAR AS ANIMAL ABUSE WHEN WE SHOUULD BE GOING FORWARD WITH COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS!!!

Maria Thirsk

I am an animal lover and I have seven rescue dogs in my home. Please know that right now, without US slaughterhouses, which would be better regulated, horses are being transported in trucks without thought to injuries and or water or food for hours down to Mexico, where they do have slaughterhouses, some of which are illegal. The reality is that horses will be slaughtered and they at the very least should be treated humanely. Let us not be in denial of the reality.

jana

How can anyone do this to a horse? I'm beginning to believe that this world just likes to kill ,doesn't matter what kind of animal it is..as long as they can kill. I hope karma comes around and bites all of you that do this in the ass!!! Your cruel people and may you fall into the same torture.

diane b goodpasture

This just makes me sick. Horses are pets, not food.

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