Former NM Governor Honored For Fighting Horse Slaughter

Bill Richardson






More political and celebrity attention should be paid to what is happening to the horses of the United States. Former Governor Bill Richardson took a stand against Valley Meat. He could have chosen a more lucrative path… instead he did the right thing. Kudos to HSUS for naming him the “2013 Humane Horseman of the Year”. HfH

From: Public News Service
By: Troy Wilde

Governor Bill Richardson for his efforts to help prevent horse slaughter

Photo: The Humane Society of the United States is honoring former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson for his efforts to help prevent horse slaughter in the U-S. Photo courtesy of HSUS

SANTA FE, N.M. – The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is honoring former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson for his efforts to help prevent horse slaughter in the U.S. Keith Dane, HSUS vice president for equine protection, said the organization recently named Richardson its “2013 Humane Horseman of the Year.”

Richardson’s high-profile involvement is helpful, Dane said, as Valley Meat Company continues to try to open a horse slaughterhouse near Roswell.

“It helps to draw attention to the plight of horses that are meeting this end, and certainly helps in our fight to keep horse-slaughter plants in the United States closed,” Dane said.

Richardson and Robert Redford started the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife, which is focused on protecting horses, Dane explained. They also joined the Humane Society’s lawsuit last year to stop Valley Meat from opening a horse slaughterhouse, he added. That lawsuit was not successful.

Even if Valley Meat opens a slaughterhouse, it is unlikely that Congress would fund the USDA inspections required for the facility to operate, Dane warned. If that happens, Dane said Valley Meat could legally kill horses, but would be unable to process and sell the meat. He noted that broad public and political opposition to horse slaughter reaches all the way to the White House.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
3 Comments
  • Nancy Albin

    Finally this is “Wonderful News” Thank You for this great News jfinch 🙂

    January 13, 2014
  • Penny Zielstorf

    You are a man with pure heart and sole, my family and I thank you for all you have done and if you or Mr. King would ever make a bid for the White House you would have our vote. God Bless you both.

    January 13, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    Well said Penny Zielstorf

    January 14, 2014