New Mexico slaughterhouse employee shoots his pro-slaughter friends

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130322-horse-killing-video-1150a.photoblog500Editorial: Despite his attempt to prove his manhood and expert marksmanship by killing a horse from one inch away, Tim Sappington, former employee of Roswell, NM, Valley Meat, fired a shot that severely injured all his pro-slaughter friends.

His YouTube video has been broadcast around the world and back again a few dozen time, appearing on TV stations, in the newspapers and the latest – on NBC News.com. The anger felt by the “animal activists” that he hoped to intimidate came back full force and struck the pro-slaughter forces between the eyes. Silly Sue, in hoping to show an example of “humane euthanasia,” sent the video to a large number of legislators. No one could have done a better job at placing the horror of horse slaughter before them.

By showing in graphic detail the type of human that supports horse slaughter, Tim has destroyed any hope of gaining support from the general public for the proposed equine slaughterhouse in Roswell, formerly known as the UFO tourist center of the world. I can only hope that the Roswell Chamber of Commerce can get their money back on the horse head costumes they bought to replace the alien monster costumes.

WIth 80% of the American population against horse slaughter, and with the newly acquired awareness of the sociopathic personalities involved in the business, it might be suggested that the money be better spent building mental health facilities.

Politicians, in their self-appointed drive to fatten their wallets and make decisions for slaughterhouses that Americans are against, should perhaps heed the words of one supposed animal activist, “The closer you come, the louder we will get. We aren’t going away.”

 

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
55 Comments
  • Ranching Cowgirl

    PRAISE GOD!

    March 22, 2013
    • Sandra Stephenson

      Thank you Lord for helping us make a lot of noise about something so horrible!!

      March 22, 2013
  • LNorman

    mental health facilities! lol!

    March 22, 2013
  • I am so hopeful even though this act was so so sick and the poor horse god!!! I am so sick inside BUT this might just might help ALL the other horses and save their life!!! SO in the sickness of it their might be good hard to believe but we are all hoping I just mailed the video to Boehner to ALL in that county in New Mexico the DA MAYOR, I am sure they have seen it but you never know so WHEN will this Bill be done IF it will oh gosh can’t sleep ha,,,, Praying

    March 22, 2013
  • Ranching Cowgirl

    Lets hope and pray this shoots Oklahoma Rep.Skye down also!

    March 22, 2013
  • Suzanne Dunham

    Thanks for being there for the horses.

    March 22, 2013
  • Adrianne

    “it might be suggested that the money be better spent building mental health facilities”… The most sensible statement I’ve seen all day.

    March 22, 2013
  • karen Shepard

    This is one beautiful innocent horse whose death won’t be in vain.I’ve never seen such an uprising and what a beautiful thing it is. May it only get bigger and louder and spread further and further!!!!!

    March 22, 2013
    • Daryl

      that would be a real kick in the pants for them, I too hope this little horse helped many more, so sorry it happened at all, but let’s work with it to save lots of horses from a horrible fate.

      March 22, 2013
    • Sandra Stephenson

      There are so many who really care and the ROAR of this noise is going to get louder!! The wrong group of people have been upset so more will only come of this as we spread the word!! Contact as many on these lists as possible and keep telling them what a horrible thing this was and that these slaughterhouses should not be allowed in the US. Hopefully they will get the point.

      March 22, 2013
  • Mental health facility’s should have never been shut in the first place. Law enforcement has their hands full now. Each state has to evaluation the need to reopen these facility’s again. with this recent situation the need has arisen for it. I hope they keep Mr. Sappington on Haldal for the rest of his life. He is a danger to his children and anyone around him.

    March 22, 2013
  • Debbie Stoutamire

    As sad as the shooting of this magnificent creature was; he could end up being a martyr and the final nail in the coffin of the pro-slaughter movement. God works in mysterious ways!

    March 22, 2013
    • Daryl

      Yes God does…..We can only pray this is help the rest of the horses, and we can praise the little horse for him givng up his life, at least it was quick. the man will regret what he did for a long time I hope. I really dislike smart ass’s.

      March 22, 2013
  • It is beyond me that someone would think recording a video of themselves killing a perfectly fine horse and insinuate we are next would actually scare advocates away. He only succeeded in helping the fight against slaughter and lost his job to boot. I guess when you are so full of rage and anger,you don’t think clearly.

    March 22, 2013
    • Daryl

      Nancy to him he was clear in the head, and wanted to show what a big man he was…well it back fired, big time….he only showed him self to be some lonely nasty pissed off jerk who is lower then dirt…but we need to see if he changes his name and works for them again, this could just be for show….them fireing him..

      March 22, 2013
  • Jackie

    Sickening behavior from an idiot!! But it has to be shown so that people can’t continue to turn their heads and pretend it isn’t happening, and that it isn’t going to get worse if the slaughterhouses are allowed to operate as planned. WooHoo cowboy!! Hope you just put yourselves out of a job.

    March 22, 2013
    • Daryl

      Here Here….we can hope?

      March 22, 2013
  • Ranching Cowgirl

    I prayed this morning that this VIOLENT act would come back against these people 10 fold.

    I was standing next to my husbands 34 year old AQHA mare praying. Feeding her, her 2Xs daily dose of senior grain to keep her alive, just a bit longer please God….
    When her time comes, the vet will come lay her down and she will ready…. brushed and groomed blanketed and legs wrapped as for a show and buried under the trees on our ranch. Next to my dear old life time horse….
    We are blessed we have the land and can do that…
    What type of person would do less when they can be honorable and respectful?
    Money hungry types…
    We know big tough cowboys and outfitters that bury their horses and then pray over the horses grave choking back tears.
    Is it just a Colorado thing NO it is NOT!!!!! It is Gods way or out west called The Cowboy way…Respect,honor and love, care for and PROTECT…Protect with your last dying breath…………

    Take America back run them out of office!

    March 22, 2013
    • Al

      run who out of office? this is not about politics. this is about ignorance. and fromw hat i see new mexico is out west and he is a cowboy so your comments make no sense. and a corection to the story he was the only employee of valley meats. there are several companies named that. he owned and was the only owner of the this company out of Roswell. he was trying ot get the horse slaugterhouse approved. guess that aint happening.

      March 22, 2013
      • Ranching Cowgirl

        AL: Let me correct you 1.That man is no Cowboy! He is a vile man that may wear a hat that does not make him a Cowboy!
        New Mexico’s own Governor has tried to block this slaughter house from opening. The FEDS approved it not the people of New Mexico.
        Just so you understand this is about POLITICS and MONEY. The people of Roswell New Mexico have this found out the hard way.
        This man may be charged with this as “cruelty to an animal”. He was fired from his job as the only employee of Valley Meats.
        He did not own the company or as you said the only owner. Not correct…..
        His name is not and was not on the business as owner…

        We hope it does not get approved but it still might by the FEDs. The people of Roswell are very upset about this happening and do not want it in their town.
        FACT!

        March 23, 2013
    • Daryl

      Ranching girl, that was a great talk you did, My 35 year old was brushed washed and had eaten a good meal, even the feet had been trimed, So sad to say good by, but we will meet again, and have green pastures to ride in and clouds to jump on. This video was up setting because of the vile man who did it and the horse was healthy , not sick or dying, karma will get him, she is starting to get him now, lost job, may be no one will want him with his name and bring down the company & only the Lord knows what else is in store for him, may be a kick from a horse will do him in.

      March 22, 2013
  • Ginger

    Some numbers to call to express your feelings about achieving a little justice for Tim Sappington of Dexter, New Mexico:
    Roswell New Mexico District Attorney 575-622-4121

    Chavez County Sheriff’s Office
    575-624-6500

    Both have been getting lots of calls, so don’t be shy. It’s important to take action. Crying at your computer isn’t enough.

    March 22, 2013
  • Margaret

    I am so sorry this poor horse had to sacrifice himself for all of us. But maybe in the end his death won’t be in vain.

    I think people are beginning to understand the mentality of those employed at slaughter houses. And do they really want that in their home towns?

    He says the rest of the video that wasn’t put up shows him skinning and processing the horse to eat. I have to wonder at this mans crss uncalled for target on animal activists. If one wants to kill his horse to eat him–that’s one thing. But he called us into this with “all you animal activists. F**k You.” and then he shot the horse.

    I don’t know about others I take that as a deliberate threat against me. Personally I don’t know what I ever did to this man. To my knowledge he and I have ever met. If there is any animosity it’s comes from him asked on his actions. I know I never want to meet him for any reason.

    March 22, 2013
  • Marcia

    Maybe this is the beginning of the karma I wished on this substandard specimen of humanity. I hope the video goes viral and evokes the disgust and condemnation of all decent people (at the least the ones who have the courage to watch it!).

    March 22, 2013
  • Michele bollo

    By definition, those that work in slaughterhouses are immune to the suffering. I don’t think it takes a brain trust to understand this is a different breed of human, with a different set of principles. These are the sociopath-like personalities that see violence on a near daily basis. Then there are those the perpetrate even more suffering on these animals. Those are the personalities that enjoy torture, and present a risk to other humans. The first needs therapy at least, the second a padded room.

    March 22, 2013
    • Pamela W

      Very well said, Michelle.

      March 22, 2013
  • Damn right, “We aren’t going away.”

    This video has only made us all scream louder, fight harder, and dig in our heels.

    March 22, 2013
  • Beverly Bower

    There are no words for this unspeakable act of cruelty…..only tears of anguish. I pray that one day this barbaric practice will end once and for all. May the Lord bless the horses and keep them safe so they may live their lives in peace and dignity. Bless you Jerry for all you do on behalf of all horses in need.

    March 22, 2013
  • Daryl

    We should name the little horse that was shot, for this may just be what we needed to help them. So sick this man and his company, even the non horse owners are in a up roar…The little red horse is in better hands now, all horses go to heaven, it is a hero for the cause by, their own hand, well gun shot.

    March 22, 2013
  • Angus de Somerville

    Maybe New Mexico should open mental health facilities instead. Seems they need quite a few new ones.

    March 22, 2013
  • Arlene

    Best Statement made today !!!!! Seems like a lot better could be done treating there mentally ill…………………

    March 22, 2013
  • jbdean

    This poor excuse for a human being, AKA Tim Sappington (Sap… there’s joke in there somewhere), didn’t just shoot that poor horse in the head … he also shot himself in the foot!

    Hey Tim, don’t look now but your ignorance is showing … all over the world! Great legacy to leave behind.

    March 22, 2013
  • Lorrie Roehm

    Read NM Animal Cruelty Laws

    New version

    http://animallaw.info/articles/armpstatecruelty.htm (laws by state)

    Contact information:

    If you need something else concerning state cruelty laws, please let me know.

    Rebecca Wisch
    Associate Editor
    Animal Legal & Historical Center
    animallaw@law.msu.edu

    March 22, 2013
  • Sally Pool

    This madness of slaughtering horses HAS
    to stop.
    What can we do?

    March 22, 2013
  • Miss Nashvegas

    Tim the Sap needs to get the death penalty. no excuse- a life is a life and if nothing gets done, I’m sure God has his way on taking care of it- a nice ticket to hell. I hope Tim dies soon so he sees hell asap.

    March 22, 2013
  • Donna McArdle

    Thank you thank you for a great write up and some comic relief , amid the devastation and anger of the brutal killing of that young and precious horse.. I hope that indeed Silly Sue Walrus has shot herself and her cause from hell in the foot… We don’t want horse slaughter here, are the politicians so blinded by the almighty buck that they don’t get that?

    March 22, 2013
  • Ann Lawrence

    @Daryl—we should call him HERO—he gave his life for the rest of the horses–and for the real humans who are protesting his murder. Consider that Tim ate horse a few times a week–did he ingest chemicals banned by the USDA? We do not eat our companion animals…dogs..horses…cats… Thank you Hero for your sacrifice.

    March 22, 2013
  • Annonymous

    Although I am still sickened at the cruelty this man is capable of I am equally excited over the unintended backlash he has unleashed upon himself and the horse slaughter industry as a whole.
    Let the blood of this most recent horse, and the hundreds of thousands of horses before him, reign down on the legislators and lobbyists who are fighting to bring this hideous practice back to this nation. I pray they will finally see the light and decide to put their time, money and respective offices to better use…to enrich and enhance, not destroy!

    March 22, 2013
    • Daryl

      That would be so nice to really blow them out of the water to use a phrase, with their own video….people who get so full of them selves stumble and fall….

      March 23, 2013
  • Julia Bamford

    Save a horse,shoot a cowboy… In the case of Tim Sappington,I agree with Ginger that we need to take action and demand justice for his heinous act by contacting:
    Roswell New Mexico District Attorney
    575-622-4121

    Chavez County Sheriff’s Office
    575-624-6500
    And yes, We aren’t going away !

    March 22, 2013
  • sherriey

    well…ya gotta figure….anyone that will work in such a lowlife job, has to be nuts!
    no normal human with empathy towards life as it is, any living being, would not be caught dead working in such a hellhole as a slaughter plant….as far as i think, anyways.
    soooo…in my way of thought, anyone working in a place like that has to be short of a full dozen…sooo….i am not surprised at what this idiot did.
    yup….mental health would be a priority here!

    March 22, 2013
  • Lyn

    Yep, there’s just no cure for stupidity. The word inhumane doesn’t even begin to describe this act – try heinous. What’s inhumane is knowingly selling a tainted meat product for human consumption outside the US. And, what’s even worse is insulting the intelligence of the rest of the people of the world by assuming they don’t suspect anything. Like I said, there’s no cure for stupidity.

    March 22, 2013
  • Linda

    Let’s be realistic about this, employees of slaughter houses have to kill animals everyday. They become insensitive to the pain and suffering of the animals they kill. There are employees who work at some animal shelters who inhumanely treat animals before euthanizing them. Doctors become insensitive to the pain and cries of patients, policemen become insensitive the acts of cruelty and types of death they witness daily, soldiers become insensitive to the scenes of death they confront. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t mentally be able to stand up to the pressures of their jobs. Most people hate to see animals die, especially in a cruel way. Perhaps a quick shot to the head and immediate death was more humane for this horse than the torturous hours of painfully slow death within the walls of the slaughter house.. Ask yourself what type of people apply for jobs at a slaughter house and you will probably have your answer as to why the animals on death row are tormented and tortured painfully before death. If people think this is bad, they should visit and see how some of the elderly are treated in some of the less desirable nursing homes around the country. I am glad someone is taking notice of such horrible conditions and procedures performed by cold, callous individuals.

    March 23, 2013
  • Shirley Hazen

    I hope they keep Mr. Sappington on Haldal for the rest of his life. He is a danger to his children and anyone around him.He is a Disgusting example of what we commonly call human.What his act does is make the world see how cruel and unfeeling people like him really are.

    March 23, 2013
  • Jade

    As always, my friend, you DO know how to turn a phrase! I finally watched this yesterday for the first time – while the senseless killing was shocking, the chill I got from it was watching this man with such hatred for others – and so focused by that anger/hatred that he would post it along with the his verbal threat! Interesting that the kid who shot up people in Colorado at the theater is labeled mentally ill, the kid who shot the 20 first graders – mentally ill, and soldiers coming back with PTSD and going on killing sprees, or the young man in Tucson who shot Rep. Gifford (and others in front of the Safeway Grocery Store = mentally ill. Talk about an “in your face” group! Time to wake up and realize just how dangerous our country is – and how important it is that we address it NOW!

    March 23, 2013
  • Louise O Potter

    When I saw that video it just made me sick! Some people in this world are very deranged and heartless. Can you imagine this man with a family?

    I have a suggestion…apparently Pres. Obama approved horse slaughter sites…Why doesn.t someone send this video to the White House, to him personally, to his wife and even his children. See if that does.nt his mind about what he approved!

    March 23, 2013
  • Nancy Bertolo

    Horse Plus Humane Society in Northern California calls this horse “Justice”
    Their trainer/farrier just wrote a song and released a video dedicated to sweet Justice on Youtube. Check it out, it’s called “Justice Run Free”.

    March 23, 2013
  • steph

    something is so wrong with this society. this man needs to reep the consaquences of killing an innocent horse. did you see how calm he was when walking the horse out to its death? as if he was his friend. and the poor horse was walking beside him to only cooperate for this piece of dirt human. who cared nothing of what he was going to do. i have lost all respect for this country. the so called leaders of this country who allow such sickness just to line there pockets with money. ifother countries want to eat there dogs, and other animals that we would never think about harming. then you know what? why would we want to allow this in our country. or even hav a part of it for other countries. if they want to do such sick things. keep it in ur own country leave that sick crap our of ours.

    March 23, 2013
  • S.Deacon

    I think it is time for a gelding job. Can’t be passing on warped and rotting genes, now can we?

    March 23, 2013
  • Ricky Rogers

    Here is link to the memorial video for the horse “JUSTICE” who was murdered.

    http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/video-tribute-to-justice-the-young-horse-executed-on-video/

    March 24, 2013
    • Ricky Rogers

      Did anyone report Tim Sappinton for his threat to the public?

      March 26, 2013
  • Debby Stai

    I just called the DA, used the number provided in a prior email. He told me they are looking at information from the Sheriffs office and also the New Mexico Livestock board. I’m not in NM, so not sure who or how to contact them.
    I did ask him to about the very possible opening of the horse slaughter facility, he told me that was federal. I asked can NM say they do not want this facility in their State and he had no answer for me.
    I’m fixing to call Lindsay Grahams office, though he is in NC, he is one of the voices against reopening horse slaughter in the US and also the sale of horses for the purpose of transport out of the US for slaughter.
    Call everyone and anyone you know. Call the racehorse business, ask them to stop breeding or set up a fund to take care of their retired racehorses, mares, and all offspring.
    Do make the phone calls, send the emails, the squeaky wheels will get heard. God Bless the animals all.

    March 28, 2013
    • Daryl

      I made a comment the other day on this sight, they came back and said, I said some thing very close and took it off, would not let it go through, so how do you get around that? When I’am home early I sit and make the phone calls, I get others on that end , who take the message and get off the phone, does the message get to the person I called for? It is horrible that any one would wnat to send horses in their prim age to slaugher!

      March 28, 2013