July 29, 2013
Before getting down to business, here’s an update on the AQHA battle against cloning:
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.
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
However, 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 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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