New Mexico horse slaughter plant stuck in legal battles

valley meat not to slaughter horses

What the article does not mention is that there are no inspectors budgeted which are required to run a horse slaughter plant. This does not mean that at some point Valley Meat could open – we must remain vigilant and get The Safeguard American Foods Export Act (S.541 & HR 1094) passed. Contact your legislator today – click here. ~ HfH


By: Alana Grimstad

valley meat not to slaughter horses

It appears Valley Meat Company has boarded up and halted efforts to slaughter horses for human consumption in Roswell.

ROSWELL, N.M. —Lately, it’s quiet enough to hear crickets in Roswell’s Valley Meat plant. That’s because all of the noise is in the courtroom.

The owner of Valley Meat, Rick De Los Santos, hopes his facility will soon be used to slaughter horses for people around the world to eat. His vision has been controversial with animal rights activists and even the New Mexico attorney general.

“The meat is safe. It’s not going to harm anyone,” said De Los Santos.

There are several ongoing state and federal lawsuits that will determine if and when Valley Meat will be open for business. The federal government cut funding for inspects that are required for such facilities.

Valley Meat is legally fighting to change that.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
  • Christy Lee

    I love how DeLosSantos says “The meat is safe. It’s not going to harm anyone.” Maybe he should read this. The monstrous cruelty aside, this shouldn’t happen anywhere on safety issues!!!!!–us-japanese-labs-help-sought-in-poisoning-death-of-7-s–kudarat-residents

    May 16, 2014
  • morgansinkc

    If Valley Meats ever opens, which I sure hope it does not, De Los Santos should be required to eat one bite from every horse he slaughters. I’ll bet he would stop trying to open a horse slaughter plant.

    May 18, 2014
  • Daniel Cordero

    I can’t believe Santos is doing noise… again. When they are going to get the message that business is dead?

    Is this because it is elections year and [the politicos] need to find out something they can use to spin up their wheels and advance their agendas.. or simply that Santos likes so much his self being and see his name put up in printing? What a pain in the neck of a man.

    May 19, 2014