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Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 11:30 pm

For a few more days, at least, New Mexico will not be the home of a horse-slaughtering plant.

A lawsuit by Attorney General Gary King asking that the plant be prevented from opening will go before a district court judge on Friday, and representatives of the Roswell-area slaughterhouse also say they are waiting to see whether they will receive a required wastewater discharge permit from the state Environment Department. The hearing Friday, to be heard by Judge Matthew Wilson in Santa Fe, will consider whether to extend a temporary restraining order or issue a preliminary injunction, either of which would stop the plant from opening. Owners had promised to be slaughtering horses on New Year’s Day. That didn’t happen.

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12 comments:

  • Jean Ortiz posted at 2:20 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Nohorseslaughter Ortiz Posts: 6

    I agree Mrs. Carter. The one person actively trying to help at these desperate times, AG Gary King is being dragged down & called "scum" by that FB page. The horses don't give a damn what his motives are, nor do I. I know that our Gov has deserted us. TY Gary King (future Gov) and TY Mrs. Carter for your post

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 5:41 pm on Sat, Jan 4, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 332

    A great film, Steve, but fantasy nonetheless. I doubt that we would want film makers coming to New Mexico so they could film actual horse slaughter, no matter how humane Mr. De Los Santos swears it is.

     
  • Sue Carter posted at 11:20 am on Sat, Jan 4, 2014.

    susan carter Posts: 13

    Thankfully Gary King is trying to stop this Horse Slaughter Plant. It is mind-boggling that the New Mexico Environment Department is bending over backwards to reissue Valley Meat a Waste Water Permit. It's blood-filled lagoon is just 150 feet or so from the South Springs River in Roswell. It is 1.2 from the Pecos River and sensitive Wetlands areas that are home to Threatened and Endangered Species and Critical Habitat.
    Why on Earth would the Environment Department want to re-license a Plant that had been shut down for "serial violations" of Sanitation and Health Codes. Who knows where he was dumping blood and offal all the years he operated with out a permit or without Septic Tank clean-out manifests.
    Yes, politics are being played. Perhaps the Republican Governor does not want the Democrat Attorney General to have a Victory by preventing the Environment Department ? This Boycott page on FB is a virulent Anti- King page, designed to destroy the efforts of AG King. Some sort of mis-guided attempt to dis-credit his efforts or a feeble Dirty-trick by some Republican malingering- miscreants.

     
  • Khal Spencer posted at 7:26 am on Sat, Jan 4, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 298

    If the problem is really health, sanitation, and environmental laws, than OK. Otherwise? I'm shocked, shocked, that anyone would object to killing animals other than cows, pigs, and fowl for food.

    Reminds me of a chili cooking contest back East. We all brought chili to be judged (of course, being New York State, I'd guarantee most examples would not hold a candle to our excellent examples here) and mine initially got decent, if not stellar, reviews. Then it was told to others that the meat was venison, not beef. Suddenly, there were a few great outcries of grief that people had unknowingly consumed Bambi.

    "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others". --George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945).

     
  • Amie Selecman posted at 10:15 pm on Fri, Jan 3, 2014.

    AmieSF Posts: 7

    Gelding the stallions is a good start!

     
  • Amie Selecman posted at 10:13 pm on Fri, Jan 3, 2014.

    AmieSF Posts: 7

    What the majority of people don't realize is these plants RUIN the towns, the communities where they reside! My relatives lived next to Dallas Crown Horse Slaughter plant in Kaufman, Texas. The once cute, quaint, QUIET town where my Mother grew up turned into a town full of horse blood/entrails flowing through the sewer, the water system - you turned on your faucet to get a drink of clear, clean water and what you got was a glass full of horse blood! The town was covered with prey animals/birds feasting on the entrails and bones that are NEVER disposed of correctly. The only people that will work in a slaughter house are illegals & convincted felons....do you honestly think this job is easy and pays well? NO!! The workers are subjected to low pay/high risk jobs in these plants!! Horses DO NOT die easily in this process and workers are kicked, biten and there IS a mortality risk among the workers!! The crime rate in Kaufman grew by 100% during the time this plant was in residence!! DO NOT let Blair Dunn or Rick De Los Santos fool you into thinking they are bringing jobs to NM & Roswell! I promise you - this town & state will DIE with a horse slaughter plant - I saw it happen to my Mom's home town - it WILL happen here too if this plant opens!!

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 6:15 pm on Fri, Jan 3, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 630

    Yes, they don' kill horses on NM film sets, well maybe just the one on the set of 3:10 to Yuma.

     
  • susanpst posted at 12:44 pm on Fri, Jan 3, 2014.

    susanpst Posts: 2

    please share my posts today!

     
  • Stan Bies posted at 11:45 am on Fri, Jan 3, 2014.

    Patron Posts: 37

    So what is the solution to horse starvation and population control ? A creative solution would help State reputation immensely ! And be the right thing to do.

     
  • Vicki Tboin posted at 10:14 am on Fri, Jan 3, 2014.

    Vicki Tobin Posts: 2

    Santos was shut down by the USDA on February 29, 2012 for inhumane treatment of slaughter animals. Months later, he was fined by the state for improper carcass disposal.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 9:33 am on Fri, Jan 3, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 332

    This may be a fine business for other parts of the world, but America's ties to the horse--especially the West--should make this horrific to all. The few jobs created by Valley Meat in Roswell will be offset by the many dollars lost by visitors who refuse to spend any money coming to New Mexico.

    Secretary Jamison needs to start working on a new campaign; "New Mexico True" will have a very hard sell to tourists who love horses. And the governor can forget about the studios who come to film westerns. More business for Texas, Arizona, Colorado and Utah, I suppose.

     
  • Vicky Johnson posted at 8:29 am on Fri, Jan 3, 2014.

    vickysecho Posts: 9

    The drought had nothing to do with Valley Meat closing as a cattle slaughtering operation and just because their is a drought doesn't mean there is less demand for beef. VM was only slaughtering the bottom of the barrel cattle. What reputable meat buyer would buy meat from an outfit that stacks carcasses 15 feet high and moves from maggots... No - NM doesnt need VM.

     
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