ROSWELL, N.M. —The controversy surrounding the first horse slaughterhouse in the country continues as the number of protesters and petitioners grows.
By: Angela Brauer
Valley Meat Company in Roswell proposed the idea in 2012. They’ve always slaughtered cows for dairy but wanted to grow their business. The slaughtered horses would be for human consumption in other countries, which some people and a lot of animal activists say is not only inhumane but also dangerous.
Several emails sent to KOAT Action 7 News cite threats to the environment, specifically the water. People are afraid that water in Roswell could become contaminated.
A. Blair Dunn, attorney for Valley Meat Company, said that isn’t going to happen. Since 1987, Dunn said Valley Meat Company has only had one water code violation and it had to do with paperwork. He said the violation they had is a common one among dairy and other meat places. He showed KOAT Action 7 News documents to prove that.