Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Could Wild Horses be at Risk for Slaughter?

The answer is... YES!!  We need to protect American horses both domestic and wild from slaughter!  Please contact your legislators and ask them to cosponsor and support the SAFE Act (H.R.1094/S.541) - the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, which will protect horses from slaughter and from transport to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.  Use the links below to find your Reps and be sure to thank them if they are already a cosponsor!  ~Declan

Could wild horses be at risk for slaughter?

Updated: Tuesday, 21 May 2013, 10:42 AM MDT
Published : Tuesday, 21 May 2013, 6:52 AM MDT
As posted on
by Amanda Goodman 

PLACITAS, N.M. (KRQE) - Horse advocates fear New Mexico's wild horses could end up in New Mexico's new horse slaughterhouse.
The Valley Meat Company near Roswell passed an inspection by the USDA in April, it is still awaiting its permit in order to start operations at what would be the country's only horse slaughterhouse.
"When you have a horse slaughter facility come to your area horse theft goes right up," said Patience O'Dowd, President of  Wild Horse Observers Association, or WHOA.
O'Dowd is not alone in her concerns.
In an interview with KRQE News 13 O'Dowd said a majority of people who live in Placitas where wild horses graze on their property are worried about them too.
"They talk so much about, about taking them away and having them put in the slaughterhouse which we are just totally against," said Placitas Resident Delilah Pohl-Anthony.
According to O'Dowd New Mexico's wild horses have been targeted for slaughter in the past.
"Some did go to slaughter in Mexico and Texas," O'Dowd said.
The going rate for a horse to be sold at auction for slaughter is between $200 and $300 according to O'Dowd.
Right now, O'Dowd estimates there are about 100 wild horses roaming between Placitas, San Felipe Pueblo and BLM Land nearby, including some foals.
"We just had births that we shouldn't have had, the same as last spring," said O'Dowd.
Some believe slaughter is a way to help manage the over-population of horses.
O'Dowd says there is a better alternative for New Mexico's wild horses.
"We have to use birth control to manage these horses," she said.
WHOA is pushing to be able to use PZP, a non-toxic immuno-contraceptive on the wild horses here.
In the meantime though they have petitioned the Governor and the President to reinstate the horse slaughter ban which would keep Valley Meats from opening.

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