Governor signs bill to establish horse rescue fund

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lcsun-news.com / Milan Simonich / March 27, 2013

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SANTA FE — Shelters across New Mexico that care for abandoned horses could receive financial help through a bill that Gov. Susana Martinez signed Wednesday.

The measure creates a horse shelter rescue fund to be administered by the New Mexico Livestock Board.

New Mexico has 11 state-licensed shelters for equines, at least nine of which are active in rescue operations, said Lisa Jennings, executive director of Animal Protection of New Mexico.

Her organization lobbied for the bill, which was carried by Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup.

Munoz says the primary financial feature of his legislation is an optional designation for personal income tax contributions for the rescue fund.

The new law also allows for gifts, grants and appropriations that would help shelters care for horses.

Jennings said approximately 350 horses live in New Mexico shelters. Many were abandoned. Others were wild animals that became sick or could not care for themselves.

Munoz said the shelter staffs stepped in, saving the horses from painful deaths.

Under his bill, the livestock board will establish rules for distribution of money from the rescue fund. Horse populations and the needs of each shelter are to guide the board in how it allocates money.

Milan Simonich, Santa Fe bureau chief of Texas-New Mexico Newspapers, can be reached at 505-820-6898. His blog is at nmcapitolreport.com

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(Note – I can only dream that Texas and every other state would commit to assisting equine rescues instead of going against the will of the citizens and signing bills to slaughter horses. This is a brave and bold action taken by Gov. Martinez and should be applauded by everyone. – Jerry)




AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
43 Comments
  • Sandra Minchew

    Thank you so much for helping these horses you are an Angel from God. Keep up helping theses beautiful creatures

    March 28, 2013
  • BlessUsAll

    Not only should New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez be applauded, but her example should be emulated by the chief executives of the 49 other states, including and especially Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

    And while she’s busy signing a rescue fund bill, may Gov. Fallin forget to sign another bill that will soon be put in front of her — a bad bill with just the opposite intent.

    March 28, 2013
    • Llc

      This needs to be shared with gov Fallin in OK. I’m sending this to her and all my reps !!!

      March 30, 2013
  • Ann White

    Thank you Gov. Susana Martinez for your compassion for America’s Horses. With all the “Dark News” concering horses lately…you have stepped forward and shined a little “Light” to help ease the pain for one of the most Noble Creatures that has chosen to give it’s Spirit..Power..Love unconditionally to walk beside us and enrich our souls!Again..Thank You!

    March 28, 2013
  • Margaret

    This is wonderful news! I hope more states will follow!

    March 28, 2013
  • shirley mix

    That is great news. I agree with Blessusall. Maybe the horse owners should come up with some kind of reward for her.

    March 28, 2013
  • YES! Thank you New Mexico. This is a great thing you did. Now, could you suggest this to Oklahoma’s governor?
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/26/oklahoma-horse-slaughter/2006847/

    March 28, 2013
  • Ranching Cowgirl

    Governor Martinez may God Bless you. Thank you for standing up and watching over the horses while others did nothing.
    I am proud of you!
    WAY TO GO NEW MEXICO!

    March 28, 2013
  • Judith Schmader

    Great news for us living here in N.M. Looks like at least we elected a Gov. with some brains not like Texas Gov, Mary Fallin. Thank you Susana.

    March 28, 2013
    • JJ Allen

      Actually, Judith, Gov Mary Fallin is the Governor of Oklahoma. We turned them away here in the great state of Texas.

      March 28, 2013
  • Thank you Susana! Would love it if you would just take the next step to show your true dedication to horses by Banning Horse Slaughter. If the slaughter houses have their way there will be no horses for these shelters. Other states have banned slaughter. New Mexico should too.

    March 28, 2013
    • JJ Allen

      10,000 likes!!!

      March 28, 2013
  • syb miller

    if there are only 350 horses living in new mexico shelters, and not all were abandoned, where are the large numbers of horses potentially going to slaughter in new mexico and/or oklahoma coming from? obviously not from the mythical “unwanted” and abandoned horse population that all pro-slaughter advocates throw out as the reason why we need slaughter. so where will the slaughter-bound horses come from?

    March 28, 2013
      • BlessUsAll

        Gosh, Jerry, competing with illegal immigrant equines sure makes it hard for the American horse to fulfill his patriotic duty of standing in the unemployment … um, I mean the slaughter line.

        March 30, 2013
  • Christine Couturier

    That is WONDERFUL!!! Thank you soooo very much for being a true leader that actually has a heart. YOU are what we want. Huge thank you from me and the horses whom you are saving. Now please make sure not to sign any horse slaughter bills and you will be a hero!

    March 28, 2013
  • Myra

    Awesome News!! Thank You from the horses!!

    March 28, 2013
  • maggi rankin

    Today is my birthday, thank you so much! This is the best b-day present ever!!! now lets ban horse slaughter too, and get some vets that just go around NM and geld colts cheap for people. Thank you again Governor Martinez!!!

    March 28, 2013
    • Daryl

      Happy Birthday Maggi, this is good news but we have to work and pray really hard to stop the slaughter of these animals. I wish that we could have VETS geld for cheap cost here in Florida. We need the cats and dogs done cheap here. It would take care of a lot of problems. Have a nice day Maggi.

      April 14, 2013
  • rachelle anne

    THANK YOU Governor Martinez!!! This is wonderful news and I commend your ethics- we are cheering New Mexico on with this most needed legislation and this will pave the way for others to follow suit. Many thanks and we are all looking to New Mexico to also be a leader with a ban for slaughter, and a ban on the transport across our borders for slaughter.

    March 28, 2013
  • Cate Wines, Ph.D.

    Agree with Paula Todd King. While signing the horse rescue fund is admirable, a far more admirable (and courageous) act would be to issue an Executive Order against horse slaughter in New Mexico.

    I have lived in a state that allowed operation of a slaughter plant. Crime rates go up, the economy takes a hit and the immediate area becomes unfit for habitation.

    March 28, 2013
  • Sue Wallis Lies

    I agree with Cate and Paula. She should sign a bill to make it illegal to slaughter horses in NM. That will keep the plants from opening there! C’mon do what over 80% of American believe in, no horse slaughter!!!!

    March 28, 2013
  • LNorman

    The killbuyers/transporters that are dumping (and profiting) from these horses misery, should be taxed heavily for contributions to the rescues that have to save their discards. If the DOT actively collected all the outstanding fines and aided in prosecuting these criminals, most killbuyer/transporters would be taken off the road.

    March 28, 2013
  • Jade

    Standing ovation here! Woohoo!! WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

    March 28, 2013
  • I’m glad to see the horse community if getting some support from the government finally!

    March 28, 2013
  • janwindsong

    This is just one example of how creative management of public funds can help good work to be fulfilled

    I agree that the next step is to outlaw slaughter. It is strange to have rescue and slaughter in the same wentence isn’t it? .

    March 28, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    We DO commend the Gov. and THIS is in the right direction indeed, FIANLLY someone does the moral and right thing!!! Thank You so much, we all are indepted to the Gov. of New Mexico NOW all the other states should follow suit!!!! SOOOOO nice to hear some good news for a change, so happy and God Bless!! :)

    March 28, 2013
  • Brandy London

    This shows that there are some government officials who listen to the majority, and take a stand to do the morally right thing! Thank you Governor Martinez for daring to do something great for America’s horses!

    March 28, 2013
  • Meg Pylant

    Thank you so very much for doing this. You are laying the way for all states to take on this approach. What a marvelous way to help the 1% of excess horses there are, protect the public from toxic slaughtered horse meat and give the voiceless horses a second chance. Thank you Governor Martinez. We stand behind and beside you in these efforts to do the right thing. God bless you.

    March 28, 2013
  • Belinda Caron

    Thank you Governor Martinez. Bravo !!! May God bless you and us with success !!!

    March 28, 2013
  • Susan Durrenberger

    Thank you, Governor Martinez. You are indeed a leader and not afraid to do the right thing.

    March 28, 2013
  • Nancy B

    Thank You! Fantastic news :)

    March 28, 2013
  • Lynne

    “Start by doing what is necessary,
    then what is possible,
    and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” 
    ― St. Francis of Assisi

    Bravo Governor Martinez

    March 28, 2013
  • Daryl

    Bless the people who can help, do help and want to help, these animals do need all the help we can give to them. their are some of us who want to help. Not just throw them away.

    March 28, 2013
  • peggy peterson

    thank you for sticking up for the horses,thank god for you.now help stop the slaughter

    March 28, 2013
  • brandy polley

    Absolutley wonderful I hope you inspire more help for our poor horses in need!!

    March 28, 2013
  • Ricky Rogers

    Thank you and God bless you for helping our horses. Now please stop any further vhorse slaughter in your state.

    March 28, 2013
  • Cassie

    I live horses have my own rescued 2!
    I can’t see, in this time if our lives and economy being happy for this as schools are cutting budgets ppl losing jobs teachers taking pay cuts being happy for this. You can’t save every animal in the world. Stop the senseless breeding!

    March 28, 2013
  • Linda Taschereau

    God Bless you.We all know the excuses made yesterday , and were heartbroken .As MLK said when seeing a person or animal being abused & turning the other way is un forgivable ,not exact quoat.

    March 28, 2013
  • Denise Reed

    The Governor needs to go a step further and charge an outrageous shipping fee to all trucks passing through New Mexico into Mexico for slaughter. This would raise a lot of money if each shipment was taxed at the crossing. Would also discourage horse shipments to slaughter in Mexico. Maybe other states would jump on board when they saw how much money was to be made.

    March 29, 2013
  • Barbara Rocco

    Thank you, governor! You rock!!! More should follow your lead instead of bowing down to the money, as in Oklahoma!

    March 30, 2013
  • terry bonney

    thank you New Mexico

    April 14, 2013
  • Pamela Vise

    Hurray for NM guv!!!I wish Mr. Perry would take heed and rake a hunk out of the sacrosanct “Rainy Day Fund” for the animals on whose backs Texas was built.

    April 24, 2013