NM company's plans to open a horse slaughterhouse faces a series of setbacks

  • Article by: JERI CLAUSING , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 22, 2013 - 9:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico company's hard-fought attempt to convert its cattle plant to a horse slaughterhouse was dealt a series of new blows Monday, with the state denying its wastewater permit and actor Robert Redford, former Gov. Bill Richardson and the state attorney general announcing plans to intervene in a lawsuit seeking to block a return to domestic horse slaughter.

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morgansinkcJul. 22, 13 1:45 PM

Thank you! Horse slaughter is a highly expensive proposition for taxpayers. Each plant will cost taxpayers $400,000.00, according to this press release, for inspections. This issue crosses all party lines. Voters and politicians from all sides of the isle are against horse slaughter for a laundry list of reasons. Here is the press release: http://moran.house.gov/press-release/moran-statement-usda-decision-allowing-re-opening-us-horse-slaughter-facility This is the worst economy since the Great Depression. In addition to the cost of the USDA inspecting plants, at a price tag of $400,000.00 per plant to U.S. taxpayers, the meat will not even be eaten in the U.S. Why should we, as American taxpayers, pay for these inspections? Additionally, we have to factor in the taxpayer expense of police officers who will likely be taking more reports on horse theft and making more investigations into horse theft. As a horse owner, the thought of horse theft and stolen horses ending up at slaughter concerns me greatly. I would hope that it would concern you, too. Many people think of their horses as family members.

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morgansinkcJul. 22, 13 1:48 PM

Thank you! Here is information on the SAFE act (Safeguard American Food Exports) that is in both the House and Senate with identical wording, and links where you can take action to stop horse slaughter. This will not only prevent horse slaughter in the U.S., but make it illegal to transport horses to Mexico or Canada for slaughter: https://awionline.org/content/safeguard-american-food-exports-safe-act This is great information on horse slaughter and gives people a way to do something about it by taking action. This is not an endorsement of AWI. Here is more information on the SAFE act and ways to take action: https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5933

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