BREAKING NEWS – NM Horse Slaughterhouse

10 Apr

Breaking News



April 10, 2012 (Larkspur,Colorado) — Through its own investigation, Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) has discovered that Valley Meats Co.,3845 Cedarvale Rd., inRoswell,NM, has applied for inspection of horses to be “custom slaughtered” and “processed” for human consumption.  According to the facts uncovered, the facility has been involved in extended discussions with theDenveroffice of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).  The FSIS inspects animals and meat in American slaughterhouses under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Horse slaughter for food is a national disgrace, given the iconic nature of American horses and the especially brutal methods used to kill them.  FRER has mounted an extensive legal battle to keep American horses from being slaughtered for food, in or out of the country, in light of last November’s Congressional appropriation of funding for horse meat inspections.  In the last three weeks, along with the Humane Society of the United States, FRER has filed two Petitions for Rulemaking [hyperlinks], asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the FSIS to enact rules and regulations which would prevent American horses from being slaughtered.  The Petitions have gotten significant attention, and FRER intends to continue to amplify its legal strategy for as long as it takes to eliminate the possibility of horse slaughter inAmerica.

If it is allowed to open, the Roswellplant would be the first slaughterhouse opened since horse slaughter in the U.S.ended five years ago.  A recent poll shows at least 80% of Americans oppose horse slaughter. Valley Meats and any other horse slaughterhouses must be stopped, and the USDA and FDA must see the danger and illegality of producing horse meat from American horses.  FRER calls on all concerned citizens and groups, in and out of New Mexico, to support its efforts by contacting state, local and federal officials and voicing your strong objection to the resumption of this horrific practice in America.  For more information on how to help, contact


37 responses to “BREAKING NEWS – NM Horse Slaughterhouse

  1. Russ Burns

    April 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I eat fish and I have had gold fish. This is a country based on personal freedoms. If you don’t like horsemeat, fine, but other people have the right to eat what they want. There is not right to live in a world that does not offend you. Why do people think they have the right to be offended by other peoples choices?

    • Jerry Finch

      April 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      So maybe your neighbors eat dogs. No reason why you would be upset to see them bash the dogs in the head, hang them upside down, slit their throats while they are still alive, then slice and dice them for soup. What happens when your dog is suddenly missing? Feel the same way? No reason for you to be offended. right?

      So, how does goldfish taste? Just saying….

    • Laurie Zoller

      April 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Russ Burns: How many little gold fish does it take you to make a meal? And how does that compare to slaughtering thoughtful, emotional, family animals? Humans are thoughtful, emotional, family animals also. If some humans decided to practice cannibalism, would that be their right as well? Following your line of thought, would anyone have the right to be offended? Would you be offended?

  2. Susan Shields

    April 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Sadly, President Obama, my hitherto hero of moral and ethical leadership, signed the Bill that has allowed the renewal of horse slaughter. We need to flood his mail with our comments rather than preach to the choir.

    • Tawny O'Hara

      April 14, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Obama was put in the position to have to sign that as it was in with a package that was needed NOW. Blame the congressmen who went behind closed doors and removed the language that would allow slaughter to be returned. However Obama did immediately cut funding for inspectors which means without inspectors the slaughter plants can’t open.

  3. Bob Peterson

    April 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    It is shameful that we must appeal to the killers and consumers by warning of the health effects due to drugs routinely given to horses. But we must do whatever it takes to get the attention of those that don’t have the sense to know that the treatment and ultimate torturous death of one of the finest species on the planet is not only inhumane, but a disgrace to the human race and our heritage.

    • Tawny O'Hara

      April 12, 2012 at 7:02 am

      It’s sad that our gov’t is turning a blind eye to all of this. The outrage over horse slaughter is everywhere and our representatives turn their backs to us. When contacted they send back form letters basically saying “It’s not my job”. The FDA the laws that should enforce animal abuse, and our representatives should say “NO” to horse slaughter as 80% of Americans with and without horses don’t want it. I know the communities the plants were in don’t want to see it again. Roswell will do well to stand up to the Valley Meats who want to start horse slaughter there. Tourists will shy away from the smell the crime and the stigma. Can’t live on one alien crash with that going on.

    • Bev Herzog

      April 16, 2012 at 10:33 am

      YES, its a disgrace to the human race and our heritage. We cant stop working to save the horses.

  4. Bev Herzog

    April 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Your right about that, and its ALL FOR THE MONEY, poor people take better care of their animals, most anyway.THE RICH JUST WANT TO BE RICHER, they breed to a point send the horses to horse racing etc. if they dont make it , oh well beat them and send them to slaughter. I live in colorado, and i am so upset about this, i will do my best to send letters, make calls, im only about 5 hours away from roswell, shame , shame.

    • Tawny O'Hara

      April 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

      I live in NM and thank God we now have a Governor that is like a Pit Bull, she don’t quit till it’s done. She made a statement that she doesn’t agree with horse slaughter and is even petitioning the USDA to not give the permit to these guys. I hope she goes after Chavez too, He is a top Kill Buyer and transports thousands of horses to Mexico every year. Those horse in his lot were probably some he dumped, not what he is saying but knowing his reputation I would say he and his drivers were the ones that hurt those horses. One had a slash on it’s shoulder that looked to clean to be anything other than a machete.

  5. Kathryn Mattson

    April 11, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Reblogged this on Unbridled Bliss.

  6. westdeltagirl

    April 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Reblogged this on We Don't Eat Our Horses and Horse Slaughter is NOT Humane Euthanasia. and commented:
    “A recent poll shows at least 80% of Americans oppose horse slaughter. Valley Meats and any other horse slaughterhouses must be stopped, and the USDA and FDA must see the danger and illegality of producing horse meat from American horses. FRER calls on all concerned citizens and groups, in and out of New Mexico, to support its efforts by contacting state, local and federal officials and voicing your strong objection to the resumption of this horrific practice in America.”

    • Tawny O'Hara

      April 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      They are giving information as an address that is an empty pasture. They also state they have 9 employees and if you google earth they have two huge ponds full of blood. The whole thing is suspicious and they need to be jumped on and find out what they are cooking. This is a big slaughter house. Not a mom and pop operation. I fear there are other fingers in this pie and they belong to a fat broad from Wyoming.

  7. ellieroo

    April 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Does Gov Richardson know of this ?. And yes one tiny toenail in the door and horse slaughter will bury thousands !

    • Tawny O'Hara

      April 12, 2012 at 7:06 am

      GOVERNOR RICHARDSON??? That crook would have had horse slaughter in every little town in NM. Our Governor is Martinez now, Thank God. I’m not a republican but sure glad I voted for her. She is trying to clean up the mess richardson left, including all his posse of crooks. I have written her and many more have and many more should write about this. We can’t let New Mexico be the first to open one of these torture chambers. It will encourage horse theft all along the border if that happens, also.

  8. polopaula

    April 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    This is truly a kick in the butt. Is there no NM state regulations to contend with? I lve in Texas, but have a sister & good friend in Albuquerque. Let me know the best things to do. I will, and can commit for them also.
    Also Lauraallen1, this is in no way Pres Obama’s fault. It has in no way passed USDA requirements. I am so tired if everyone jumping on his case when at every turn he has used the powers at his disposal to help us. He is not in the Congress anymore (tho he co-signed anti-slaughter bills when he was there). He has no power over state rules regarding butchering animals. Instead, try to focus on our best actions to understand what is going on and what we can do to stop it.

  9. ellieroo

    April 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Thank goodness this was discovered before up and running.Gov.Richardson has been a warrior for the horses has anyone contacted him”

  10. m armstrong

    April 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I see in comments they want to blame the President for this.. Get to the bottom of it.. because the President doesnt approve local permits for business, and they would have to have an environmental impact statement filed and approved.. that takes years.. if they havent done that they can get shut down on that basis alone, there are local laws that protect the environment, require business licensing etc, maybe they are using it for dog food? yikes..

    • polopaula

      April 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you. I made my comment before I read yours. Horse meat has been outlawed in commercially prepared dog food for a long time because of its lethal effect on some dogs. Particularly collies and related breeds. I guess H meat could be made for a single owners dogs. I don’t know about that.

    • Tawny O'Hara

      April 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      I think since they have a slaughter plant up and running for beef they are thinking they can include horses with no problems. The problems are horse blood doesn’t break down like beef blood, horse blood is toxic and the butte that is given to domestic pet horses creates a real problem plus it’s toxic to humans to eat that meat. Another thing. I DON’T WANT TO BE FROM A STATE THAT TORTURES HORSES FOR FOREIGN COUNTRIES.

  11. Charles Caughlan

    April 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

    This is so inhumane, why must this be done to any of Gods creations is beyond me. This is planet Earth and it is 2012, what is wrong with this picture? The rich will resort to anything to make money and create chaos to distract us from what they are really up to. We must all avoid purchasing anything that contributes to their wealth. Be aware and prepare for the worst because their methods create wars. They will get theirs I assure you and I don’t mean in a good way. Peace, Love and Light to all

  12. Diana VerHoef Bodensteiner

    April 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    USDA’s Postal Service mailing address is:

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
    Washington, DC 20250

    Secretary of Agriculture

    Thomas J Vilsack
    rm200-A WHITTENBG

    • polopaula

      April 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      I agree with your statement about corporate (rich, I guess you mean kings of corporations et al) take over of the our society. But I also believe that the one thing that they don’t have more of than we do, is voices and votes. Let’s do what is necessary to beat these greedy-horse killing Jerks. So far we are winning each war. We just need to continue to fight each, until he can get enough people in Congress who have compassion and ethics as a corner stone like Congressman Moran. Also is Congressman Gralfia (sp) from NM or Ariz.

    • Belinda Caron

      April 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks for the info Diana.

  13. Daniel Cordero

    April 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

    When? How? There is not yet any establishment approved to export horsemeat to Europe:

    The list was updated before the end of the year so, if they were rolling out to enter production phase, they ought to have filed for export approval before, unless there is something I am missing. Otherwise they won’t be able to export. Who is Valley Meats? Is that Cavel’s Van Damme ’cause he ran out of horses in Australia?

  14. lauraallen1

    April 10, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Duquette mentioned in his Feb. 10 meeting in Pendleton that NM was a potential site. So much for the Obama administration’s promise of no slaughter in the “near term”. Here they are – in talks with the pro-slaughterers.

    • jean

      April 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Looks like another promise not kept…the list goes on )-: You’re right Laura, Duquette had mentioned a potential site in NM, so it’s been in the making. What now?! Time to post Paula Bacon’s report everywhere we can, don’t you think?

    • Suzanne Moore

      April 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Lauraallen1 ~ Please! That was from someone in the USDA that posted “near term” – which was indeed the case. It was NOT a promise – it was just a statement of fact at the time. And it certainly did NOT come from the Obama Administration! For Heaven’s sake.

  15. Margaret

    April 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I’m gonna hurl.

  16. Tawny O'Hara

    April 10, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I knew NM would be the first one to apply for being a horse slaughter state..

    • polopaula

      April 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Tawny. My NM friend. Get on the phone to your friends.

  17. redmm97

    April 10, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Sure would like to know what “custom slaughtered means”!!

    • Diana VerHoef Bodensteiner

      April 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Custom slaughter means the meat is being processed for the use of the individual who brought it in rather than for sale. We have beef custom butchered and can specify how many pounds to a roast, how thick the steaks should be, which cuts to grind for burgers, etc.

      • Diana VerHoef Bodensteiner

        April 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

        I should clarify – Custom butcher is not meat that can’t be sold, it can be sold if inspected. The main difference is that the big slaughter houses buy the animals to slaughter and sell the meat. Custom slaughter is only a butcher service.

      • LynnIL

        April 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

        So in that case they are not talking killing 200 to 400 a week but instead doing it for individuals who are so sick to like horse meat. But we all know its just the start. They will start out saying it is only one horse at at time then it will go up to 200 very quickly. We all know that horse eaters can’t be trusted.

    • Tawny O'Hara

      April 14, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Done, we made it nation news.


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