Horse Slaughterhouse Open Soon in NM

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NBC News.com. Jeri Clausing , The Associated Press, April 30. 2013

Valley Meat Co., which has been sitting idle for more than a year, waiting for the Department of Agriculture to approve its plans to slaughter horses, is expected to open soon.

Valley Meat Co., which has been sitting idle for more than a year, waiting for the Department of Agriculture to approve its plans to slaughter horses, is expected to open soon.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the southern New Mexico plant that has been fighting for more than a year for permission to slaughter horses will open soon, unless Congress reinstates a ban on the practice.

In a telephone interview Tuesday, Vilsack said the department is working to make sure the process is handled properly for the opening of what would be the first domestic horse slaughter house in six years.

“We are going to do this, and I would imagine that it would be done relatively soon,” Vilsack said.

Valley Meat Co. sued the Department of Agriculture last year, claiming that inaction on its application was driven by emotional political debates and that the delays had cost it hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The USDA re-inspected the plant last week.

“It will open unless Congress restores the ban on horse slaughter that they had in place,” said Vilsack. “If that doesn’t happen, then we are duty-bound to do what needs to be done to allow that plant to begin processing.”

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
30 Comments
  • Mary Anne Gardner

    Too sad !

    May 1, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    Yup, like I said NO ONE is LISTENING,,I have to laugh really not a good laugh but makes you wonder how or why anyone would want to go down this road AGAIN,,,, GOOD OLD CORRUPT USA not the country I remember growing up as a kid, that GREAT COUNTRY is GONE…… And by the looks since this is going to happen we will probably never see it again!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙁

    May 1, 2013
  • Linda Jackson

    This isn’t the time for sitting on the hands; email Tom Vilsack. Ask him if perhaps he should be responsible for the dead animals that are currently being eaten (specifically the current Turkey meat packing scandal) before opening another disgrace for the public to swallow. On April 13 Manda Packing Company were forced to recall 47,000 pounds of bacterial infected meat in AL and FL. Lets get busy and don’t wallow in the pity party.

    May 1, 2013
  • Linda Jackson

    It does take some “doing” but you can contact the USDA from their website and ask them if they intend to bypass the horse protection act. Horses, what next dogs, cats?

    May 1, 2013
  • Kathleen Conely

    The horror never seems to end for our horses and the heartless people who want to make money off of them. SHAME on NM for allowing this to take place on their soil. Why is it Congress can’t seem to get their butt’s in gear and do what most of the American citizens want “No Horse Slaughter” 80% of Americans can’t all be wrong. I hope no one goes to NM to visit or even pass through it, I know I will have nothing to do with a state that slaughters horses.

    May 1, 2013
  • Arlene

    Not Only is this disgusting, it is also despicable, why in world would anyone want to travel this horror for horse road, knowing damn well its #####1 not profitable , Just ask Illinois, they are still cleaning up the mess it caused ??????? And can anyone tell me why USDA is granting any wishes from that CRIMINAL???? they SHOULD BE ARRESTING HIM !!!!!!

    May 1, 2013
  • Arlene

    Can anyone also explain to me WHY would anyone want a Horse to suffer like this , after all has done for each and everyone of us????????????????? OMG, some of us have developed into thankless, uncaring insidious Idiots ……………

    May 1, 2013
  • Deedie

    New Mexico = Hell on Earth

    May 1, 2013
  • Dear New Mexico Tourist Ass.-
    We just want you to know that, because of the horse slaughter plant opining in your state, we will not be visiting anymore. We have always loved coming to New Mexico with its gorgeous landscape & the feeling of spirituality but there is nothing spiritual or ecological in starting horse slaughter. We will be asking others to also boycott your state until the compassionate people win over the greedy, heartless ones & stop this.
    Thanks for your time & attention!

    May 1, 2013
    • Cynthia Curtis

      Patty, I agree wholeheartedly…well said,even though I have never been to NM although I have dreamed of going many times…the land of enchantment is no more…sad!

      May 1, 2013
  • Rosette hoda

    Horses have served man since the beginning of time! We should hold them in high honor, these beautiful smart, gentle and hard working creatures of nature! They should be viewed by the entire human race as in the highest honor! Shame on humanity and shame on that criminal Obama who signed the documents legalizing this disgusting and disgraceful criminal act.. Horse slaughter for meat consumption.. Sick!

    May 1, 2013
  • janwindsong

    This is reprehensible.

    May 1, 2013
  • Linda

    How can the authorities be so stupid as to approve a business that has blatantly failed to meet regulations in the past and whose owner has lied on his application? This makes the government look like fools. Shame on them. Pity the horses.

    May 1, 2013
  • Daryl

    You know we the people do not want it to open or ever start up, it is in humane, not called for , and not in the horses best interest. there are other ways to take care of a horse that is sick or hurt, you are doing good healthy horses, all this bull you spread is just what it is bull. How do you sleep at night or do you?

    May 1, 2013
  • sherriey

    who the hell is going to inspect the meat? and where are the funds coming from in this supposedly sequester? to do so???????????
    this is DISGUSTING!!!!! this country and its worthless greedy politicians make me ashamed to be living here! they say one thing and do whatever they want once elected!
    idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2013
  • Rosette hoda

    This is when we have to stand up and just say no! This is not acceptable with us as the people! We have the right to stand against! I hope To see regular protests. I will be there every day until we close the doors! Stand up and say No!
    We cannot let corporate greed continue to take over this country.. Enough is enough… Educate yourselves.. Watch the documentary Ethos! With woody harrelson and then take action against…

    May 2, 2013
  • Marcia

    When money and jobs are involved, the animals usually lose.

    May 2, 2013
  • Ricky Rogers

    Tom Vilsack could have stopped this by declining Valley Meats fraudulent application to slaughter horses – Now tell me please how is Vilsack on our side? So far he’s smoke and mirrors!

    May 2, 2013
  • WestTxRanchWife

    Just something to think about…Many people thought that closing the slaughterhouses for horses in the U.S. years ago was a great accomplishment that saved hundreds of horses from an inhumane death. I think the old saying”out of sight out of mind” could be used best to describe this situation. As long as it’s not happening right in front of us then we can pretend that it is not happening at all and everything is okay. The reality of closing the U.S. slaughterhouses is this: the slaughter of horses has not stopped they are being sent across the border into Mexico, I know this because the trucks go by my ranch every week.I will not go into the details of how the horses are treated and killed once they cross the border but I can tell you in a country that has very little laws and regulations concerning animals it is not good!I was raised on a ranch and still ranch with my husband and sons.We raise our own horses and treat them with great respect and love. I dislike the idea of sending a horse to slaughter as much as anyone reading this post.I do not think people should raise horses like cattle for the soul purpose of slaughter,I think people when faced with a situation concerning a horse should extinguish all other avenues first.However even though I cannot speak for all the slaughterhouses in the U.S I do know that most of them at least treated the horses with some respect and the horses died quickly and humanely.You cannot stop the horses from going across the border it is legal,so with that being said I wonder if it wouldn’t be better for there to be a slaughterhouse back in the U.S where it is regulated by the USDA and where laws could be put into place that make sure the horses are treated humanely and allowed to die with some respect and mainly quickly, without pain and without suffering.

    May 3, 2013
      • Daryl

        thanks Jerry I was going to ask the same question—where are the treated humanely in a slaughter house ? These people just want it done and go to the next one to do quickly.

        May 4, 2013
    • Arlene

      There has never ever been a Humane Horse Slaughter House and will never be, It is a impossibility, Horses by Nature are very sensitive to pain and are extremely fearful and know what is about to happen this alone is enough to know why !!!!! They cannot be slaughtered, if a horse is suffering and there is no ther treatment for cure ,euthanasia is the only way to go, Out of respect for them…………………

      May 4, 2013
  • Daryl

    Jerry and Arlene, you have the only right idea for horses and the way to treat them and they need to go with respect, after all we loved them and took care of them for years, it is our duty to help them go to the big pasture in the sky the easy humane way.

    May 4, 2013
  • WestTxRanchWife

    Jfinch,Arlene&Daryl I believe I mentioned in my first post that I believed all other avenues should be exhausted before anyone considered sending a horse to slaughter. I myself have never sent a horse to slaughter, my father was from a generation that believed if you took on the responsibility of having an animal you better also show responsibility when that animal grew old, became hurt, are you got in a situation where you couldn’t take care of it anymore, that’s how my father raised me and I have passed that ideal on to my own children. My father would not even let a vet euthanize an animal for him, if ever faced with a situation where an animal needed to be put down his view was, it was his hands that had feed and cared for the animal it would be his hands that would end the suffering of that animal. I’m sure many people will find this repulsive and call him a killer, but if more people had this attitude then the horse slaughter situation would not even be an issue, neither would there be hundreds of animals in shelters but unfortunately the word responsibility seems to be something missing with thousands of people these days.
    My point of the post was, closing the slaughterhouses in the U.S. made a lot of people feel better. They didn’t have to drive by them anymore, didn’t have to live in a community next to them, they could just pretend the situation was taken care of and go on about their daily lives. The “uncomfortable factor” was gone. Hence, out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately the uncomfortable factor for the horses was not gone. It didn’t save horses from slaughter it just pushed it underground and for the past 6 or 7 years the horses have faced a much, much worse death than they did in the U.S. (the horses going to Mexico I cannot comment on Canada because I know nothing of their laws) The people and groups that have gone the extra mile and have worked to buy the horses before the “killer buyers” get them and have given them a place to live I applaud, and have even donated hay and grain to several small groups that are not affiliated with and do not support the HSUS and Peta. But the people that just wanted them closed to make themselves feel better, or get their picture in the paper while people praise them as heroes; sorry I do not support them and do not have any respect for them because they just made it worse for the horses. People can call me “a hater” “a killer” or “one of those people” I really don’t care my main concern is the horses and the kind of death that I know they are and have been facing in Mexico for the last 6-7 years.
    As far as the SAFE Act I hope it does pass, but not for people’s sake for the horses sake. Then the people will have to take notice and hopefully come up with a “workable humane” solution. But I must ask,
    1. If it doesn’t pass what then? Has anyone come up with a realistic workable solution, and is any group going to take responsibility for the horses that are being slaughtered “underground”.
    2. If it does pass what is going to stop people from Mexico from coming over and buying horses from the horse sales. They are not going to be honest about why they are buying the horses.
    3. No matter what our Government wants us to think, the borders are not secure, they could be secure but they are not, horses and cattle wander back and forth across the Rio every day. Most of the Tick Riders have been fired because it became too dangerous for them due to the drug cartels, and the border patrols have been cut in numbers due to the sequester. What is going to keep them from driving healthy horses than can travel, across horse back?
    These are legitimate, real life problems that could arise whether the bill is passed are not passed and I would appreciate your input.

    May 5, 2013
  • Daryl

    Can some one from the US go to New Mexico and if their are Mustange there, get them and bring them home, saying that Mustange are not to go slaughter? It is against the law right? Money and greed has taken over these people and they don’t give a rats butt about the animals. Can the US doing any thing legal?

    May 5, 2013
    • WestTxRanchWife

      Daryl I’m sorry I don’t understand your post. I’m talking about the country Mexico not New Mexico. What I’m looking for is someone with some workable solutions to these problems. The current problems and future problems that might arise.

      May 6, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    By the way I am home all day and I have called and called every week I have emailed Arg. Committee emailed The other committee it is in Energy I think. even called twice to Gov. N.M. I have called other REP. from the other states I have lived in so I keep trying, but one gets disappointed it is hard NOT TOO, that does not mean we don’t stop, so there is NO PITY PARTY HERE GOT IT I believe someone was sending that message to me >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    May 8, 2013