State environment attorney: Deny sewage permit at horse plant

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Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 11:30 am, Wed Jan 8, 2014.

A state environmental hearing officer recommended Tuesday that a planned horse-slaughter plant in New Mexico be denied a permit for sewage disposal.

Opponents of the slaughterhouse, Valley Meat Co., celebrated the decision as a victory in their efforts to stop the plant from opening.

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  • Janet Schultz posted at 8:32 am on Mon, Jan 13, 2014.

    JanWindsong Posts: 8

    Ag King filed his suit for the same reasons this judge ruled against Valley Meat. Because Valley Meat has broken th elaw over and over and not only broken the law, but arrogantly and without accountability. It is about time a higher court controls this man and this horrible business of abusing the land, the water and the people who trust him to produce a safe product. This guy had a rot pile going on - the air must have been real nice. And just how do you keep flies and maggots from your fresh meat butchering procedures? He more than likely did not.

  • Janet Schultz posted at 8:28 am on Mon, Jan 13, 2014.

    JanWindsong Posts: 8

    This reporter might have read the decision before he started quoting the attorney for the Valley Meat plant. It is very apparent after reading the decision that influence from ANY party was resisted and the ruling was made strictly on the face of the activities of Valley Meat and its owner and "consultants." The judge even resisted testimony from pro-Valley Meat speakers that what he did was "no big thing." This guy has been operating above the law and calling it something else. Always nodding his head, yes he will correct this or that - that is what Dunn calls willing to correct. Allowing a 15 foot high pile of dead diary cattle, and parts of slaughtered dairy cattle to stand next to the collection pond is ignorant and arrogant. I'd sure like to know how his neighbors feel knowing now that their water table has been laden with filth for all these years. Nice feeling I am sure. Because we don't want to dirty our own minds or have pictures of butchered animals in our minds, we leave it to those would have no problem with it, and we get criminal behavior. And yes, I also woul dlike to know where law enforcement was all those years. So much for humane slaughtering on American soil!!!

  • Steve Salazar posted at 8:10 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1570

    How about because the USDA, the feds, control slaughterhouses, not the state.

  • Janna Lukens posted at 4:16 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    ShutMDown Posts: 2

    One does not need to look far to see the historical horror and disastrous impact upon the environment. www.kaufmanzoning.net Check out former horse slaughterhouses in Texas and Illinois and see how their communities were harmed by this predatory business. Notice that none of the places that had horse slaughter have put in an application for its return???

    There is so much wrong with Valley Meats specifically and horse slaughter in general. Anything to shut it down is good, as long as it is shut down.

    Lying liar Blair Dunn.... (enjoy your 15 min.) If AG King is running for gov and is against Valley Meats opening - that would be a pretty good indication that voters are AGAINST horse slaughter!

  • Allan Ladd posted at 2:49 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    Ladd Posts: 8

    as my good friend Shane Destry would say, it is absurd for A. Blair Dunn to claim that the New Mexico Environment Department is reacting to pressure from the Humane Society of the United States ! The recommendation comes on the heels of years of Rick deLos Santos flouting New Mexico law by refusing to clean up carcasses and by allowing blood lagoons to overflow. Would it not be common sense to assume that the same would continue under de Los Santos? The problem would be worse if horse were slaughtered there because there would be a greater volume of blood and contaminated with toxins not found in cattle as horses are not expected to end up in the food chain and therefore given medications banned in cattle. Attorney General Gary King is doing exactly what he swore an oath to do: uphold the laws of New Mexico which de Los Santos insists on breaking ! Sara Jenkins apparently does not realize that de Los Santos claimed to be aiming at transporting horses from Canada for slaughter. So his plant would hardly be a "solution" to long range transport of horses to slaughter now would it, Sara ?

  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:57 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1570

    They violated their discharge permit for more than a decade, and the state didn't do anything about it, until now? Politics, politics.

  • ag posted at 9:39 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    ag Posts: 12

    Grateful for another ruling against the plant. It must not open! Thank you to our Attorney General. We must get the lame congress to vote on the safe transportation act and to stop the transportation all together. What hope? We must find the alternative solution to the present problems. They are there. How intelligent are we as a species ?

  • D K posted at 5:19 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    dk Posts: 15

    Congress cut the funding for USDA inspections in 2005. Three plants still operated by paying the USDA for inspections. All three were shut down by their states because of numerous violations and unpaid fines. These three plants closed in 2007. Today it is illegal for horse slaughter plants to pay for their own USDA inspections because that would be like the fox guarding the hen house. Thank you AG Gary King.

  • R.T. Fitch posted at 3:54 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    RT Fitch Posts: 2

    Good news, good article...except for Dunn's comments. Seems like all the loose nuts seem to attract each other like magnets.

  • Sarah Jenkins posted at 10:16 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

    Cremello paint horses Posts: 1

    Fabulous now our American horses will continue to travel several hundred thousand miles to end up at a Mexico slaughter house were there is no regulation! Inhumane, cruel and torturous means are used upon perfectly healthy horses.

  • Suzn Moore posted at 9:44 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

    suzn Posts: 1

    This just isnt right, I lived in ABQ and rode horses on the awesome plains. It was the only thing i loved about being there, I am from Alabama, not use to all the dirt, no trees, and ya'll are taking the most natural thing about the state that makes it so captivating and beautiful thing about it. Dont you think there is enough toxins in the earth there so many other ways of making money. Please Deny the permit.


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