Redford, Richardson Join Lawsuit


By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, July 22, 2013


UnknownALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Robert Redford and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Monday joined the divisive debate against a return to domestic horse slaughter, announcing the formation of an animal protection foundation to fight the opening of plants in New Mexico and Iowa.

The Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife’s first act was to join a federal lawsuit filed by The Humane Society of the United States and other groups to block the planned Aug. 5 opening of the first horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. to operate in more than six years.

On Friday, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King also filed a motion to intervene on behalf of horse slaughter opponents.

“Horse slaughter has no place in our culture,” Redford said in a statement. “It is cruel, inhumane, and perpetuates abuse and neglect of these beloved animals.”

A lifelong horse lover, Richardson said he is committed to do “whatever it takes to stop the return of horse slaughterhouses in this country and, in particular, my own state.”

“Congress was right to ban the inhumane practice years ago, and it is unfathomable that the federal government is now poised to let it resume,” he said.

Meat from the slaughterhouses would be shipped to some countries for human consumption and for use as zoo and other animal food.

After more than a year of delays and a lawsuit by Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., the Department of Agriculture in June gave Valley Meat the go-ahead to begin slaughtering horses. Officials said it was legally obligated to issue the permits, even though the Obama administration opposes horse slaughter and is seeking to reinstate a congressional ban that was lifted in 2011.

Another permit was approved a few days later for Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa.

The move has divided horse rescue and animal welfare groups, ranchers, politicians and Indian tribes about what is the most humane way to deal with the country’s horse overpopulation and what rescue groups have said are a rising number of neglected and starving horses as the West deals with persistent drought.

King, in an opinion in June, said the slaughter of horses with certain drugs in their system would be a violation of the state’s adulterated food act. Those drugs, he says, would include an anti-inflammatory commonly found in racehorses, and medications used to treat bacterial, parasitic and viral infections.

An Aug. 2 hearing is set the request by animal protection groups for a temporary restraining order to prevent the plants from opening and becoming the first horse slaughterhouses to operate domestically since 2007. CONTINUED – Read more at The Washington Post


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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Arlene

    The Entire Horse Slaughter is in Violation !!!!!!! Should not be even considered !!!!!!!

    July 22, 2013
  • BlessUsAll

    Great to hear that R&R are on board.

    I *wish* it were true that Congress had banned the practice six years ago. If it were, we wouldn’t need the federal SAFE Act to pass today, nor would we be fighting the current battle.

    I’m sure others here will correct me if I’m wrong, but the three remaining plants were shuttered by state courts (in Texas and Illinois), then Congress defunded horse slaughter inspections, then Congress(well, three so-called representatives of the people, in a secret deal behind closed doors) subsequently permitted the USDA to resume funding those inspections.

    If — no, WHEN — Congress says good riddance to horse slaughter across America, it will also make sending American horses across the borders to slaughter illegal. That law — the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (S. 541 and H.R. 1094) — can’t be passed soon enough.

    July 22, 2013
  • BlessUsAll

    What I meant to say in the first graph is: . . . nor would we be fighting the current battles in New Mexico and Iowa.

    July 22, 2013
  • karen

    Thank you Robert Redford! The horses are getting more and more powerful voices.

    July 22, 2013
  • Greg Jones

    Thank you to Mr. Redford and Mr. Richardson for helping, and speaking for those with no voice.

    July 22, 2013
  • Brenda Randle

    Thank you for lending a voice to America’s horses!

    July 23, 2013
  • Josee

    What will happen to horses belonging to people who can’t take care of them anymore? They will ship them to Mexico or Canada? Yeah… let’s ship the problem elsewhere!

    The problem of horse surpopulation should be worked at the source… Before you breed, think… do your homework! There is many horses offered for adoption… and many reputable breeders where you can find a good, well conformed horses.

    I guess many of you eat meat… poultry, beef, porc… What about those animals? They don’t deserve not to go to slaughter???

    I just hope that horses without good owners won’t be left to die in their barn or small turnout paddock without water or hay… or basic care, juste because owner doesn’t have any other options.

    Wake up people!

    July 23, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    YOU TELL HIM!!!!!!!!!!! Some folks just don’t use their head?? Or maybe they really don’t know any better, they jump on a band wagon without REALLY knowing the facts or truth… crazy>>>>>>

    July 23, 2013
  • thanks you Mr. Redford and Mr. Richardson for fighting to protect the horses from the slaughterhouse. Over 80% of Americans are against it. Horses should not suffer this terrible fate.

    July 25, 2013
  • Jo-Anne Ward

    Support Bill C-322 in Canada. We are trying our best to shut down Slaughter here…2 meat plants in Quebec, 2 meat plants in Alberta…
    Cruel, barbaric practice for sure. Even the number of race horses that leave Ontario Farms and Tracks and end up at places like Penn National…for later shipment to places like New Holland Auction for Killbuyers is horrific.
    We need as many U.S. and Canadian as well Celebrity Horse Supporters to help end this.

    July 29, 2013
  • So much gratitude to the wonderful Robert Redford and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. We should also all be campaigning hard for the SAFE Act which will, if implimented, cause a drought for the Canadian horse slaughter industry too.

    August 4, 2013
  • Arlene

    It is of the utmost important that each and everyone of us to what we can in our area to get that SAFE ACT past, Please everyone call your reps Senators and most important CALL the Presidents COMMENT LINE…… 202-456-1111 Please again make those CALLS , this is what we need to do NOW !!!!!! Make no mistake Make these calls !!!!! We need to stop HORSE SLAUGHTER NOW………We have not come this far , to lose this one , our Horses are counting on all of US>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    August 5, 2013
  • Arlene

    whoops PASSED sorry !!!!!

    August 5, 2013