Pro-slaughter folks whine, Anti-slaughter folks act


July 29, 2013

Before getting down to business, here’s an update on the AQHA battle against cloning:

Jury deliberates in horse cloning, registry battle, ReporterNews


AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A federal jury in Texas has begun deliberations in a case that pits breeders who clone horses against a pre-eminent registry that refuses to list cloned animals. CONTINUED


Moving on down the road, I’m certain that all of you will be sympathetic towards poor Rick De Los Santos, the guy that wants to slaughter horses for fun and profit in Roswell, NM. Personally, I recommend that he get a job selling used cars because things just don’t seem to be going his way.

Owner of horse slaughter plant says politicians should put money where their mouths are


Milan Simonich, Texas-New Mexico Newspapers, 07/27/2013
Rick De Los Santos and his thing

Rick De Los Santos holds his tool

SANTA FE >> It’s not often that President Obama, Gov. Susana Martinez and former governor Bill Richardson are on the same side of a front-page issue.

They are just some of the politicians, celebrities and ordinary Joes who have bludgeoned a New Mexico business, hoping to destroy it before it can issue a single paycheck.

Martinez opposes Valley Meat Co. near Roswell, which wants to slaughter horses and sell the meat to grocers and restaurants in Europe. Richardson and his pal, actor Robert Redford, also are against the plant. And Obama wants to again outlaw horse plants in America, reinstating a federal prohibition from 2006.

Rick De Los Santos, owner of Valley Meat, said the political pressures on his company were so immense that it probably would never open.

“We’re ready to go, but it’s very doubtful now,” he said in an interview.

De Los Santos, 53, said it hurt to be treated as a public enemy. The way he and his company have been vilified, a newcomer to the state might believe that he planned to burn down orphanages or open a meth lab.

“I believe it’s all for campaign contributions,” he said of the drumbeat of opposition. “These politicians have the resources they need. We’re trying to make a living.” CONTINUED


richardson-redfordHowever, up in our National Capital, former NM Governor Bill Richardson is hanging out with Robert Redford. Together they are meeting with Tom Vilsack. Richardson suggested that the USDA immediately conduct a complete review of its rule-making procedures regarding horse slaughter and that it block any horse slaughterhouse from reopening until that review was completed.

Former Governor Heads to Washington, 07/27/13

Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson met US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in Washington DC on Thursday to urge him to stop the reopening of horse slaughterhouses.

Richardson’s trip was on behalf of The Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife, an animal protection foundation he recently founded with actor and director Robert Redford. CONTINUED


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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • shirley mix

    Thank you Robert and President Obama, Please stop the horse slaughter for ever.

    July 29, 2013
  • Arlene

    OHHHH NO !!!!! Not that Photo of Public enemy #1 of Horse Slaughter …..Please no more of this Photo, we all here can never forget what the face of Horror looks like , neither can any animal !!!!! Please spare us that PHOTO …….PLEASE!!!!

    July 29, 2013
      • Arlene

        If ever there was a face , that can turn a stomach within a second , it is that one, if i would have a picture of what he looked like in my mind, i most certainly would picture him exactly, I hope he stays lonely !!!!!!WITH NOTHING TO DO forever !!!!!

        July 29, 2013
  • Myra

    I hate the thoughts of ever looking at Santos face ever again also. He has the look of death

    July 29, 2013
      • Yeah, well, sociopath is one of the NICE names I call them…

        July 29, 2013
  • Robyn

    I agree Arlene I am so sick of De Los “schmantoos”. I want to scream!!!
    To see his MUG yet again!!! UGHHH!

    July 29, 2013
  • Robyn

    Well they are “Sociopaths” but of course we would love to hear your words for them??

    Then I won’t look so bad as I have blogged about these CRAZIES everywhere!!!

    July 29, 2013
    • I don’t think Jerry would be very happy if I posted the BAD words I use for them at home in front of my own computer!

      July 29, 2013
        • Nancy B

          Well said.
          Ya know in the beginning that photo worried me. Now it only makes me laugh!

          July 31, 2013
  • smokeysdad

    Rick is crying foul…the public vilified him. What part of being a twice convicted felon does he not think vilified him before we ever came along.

    Rick get a job with the city…WHAT?…they don’t hire felons? How about the State? NO? Maybe McDonald’s…not qualified? Well I guess it sucks to be you!

    July 29, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    Just listening to this guy in an interview, it is like listening to a robot with NO EMOTION, I mean flat line, it’s scary actually…. But I guess one would have to be to even consider what he has done his whole life buy killing animal’s…

    I don’t know if you can answer this question but I read on a site called the court document’s and I read a date of the end of Sept. for this injunction, I mean it has the whole written documentation in this I read, Case management due by 9/23/2013 and case management set for 9/30/2013, what does THIS mean ???? does anyone know???

    July 29, 2013
    • I was just there and am reading the filings. There is a lot of legal jargon that I’m not familiar with, but since these were just filings and the court date isn’t until Aug 2, I don’t think “case management” would mean much for us.

      July 30, 2013
    • JanSchultz

      CAse management is a standard date in all cases. It is a time for all parties to submit their readiness to proceed to trial. Discovery dates are set, requests for extension to file amended complaints etc. It is a way for the Court to get a read on where everyone is. This was a complaint filed and an injunction filed to get the business to cease and desist until the matter can be adjudicated. A case management is usually scheduled 90-120 days after the complaint filed. Business as usual.

      July 30, 2013
  • Donna Taylor

    Once and animal killer, well then they go on to people……. I like the idea, he can work in Micky dees…

    July 30, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    I hope each & every one of you has signed the petitions to end all this slaughtering of the wild horses I can’t understand how it has gotten this far, but it has, so please lets stop this once & for all!!!!

    July 30, 2013
    • JanSchultz

      I’m sure we have all signed them all and opened many a petition only to be told we had already signed it. But keep checking and keep signing. And keep calling!

      You are right, it should never have gotten this far and we can thank our Washington reps for the trauma we are all feeling right now.

      July 30, 2013
  • JanSchultz

    How can you keep a floor clean that has an open seam? I am looking at this ghastly photo of this idiot in a white jacket, holding a chain saw and a floor that has what looks like an open seam at the floor. This place would be a horrid mess. How did it pass inspection?

    July 30, 2013