NM's proposed horse slaughter plant on the chopping block

Posted at: 04/11/2013 6:27 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Obama Administration is making horse slaughter a federal issue, and that could have a direct effect on a New Mexico business.

The president’s 2014 budget would not allow federal money to be spent inspecting facilities that slaughter horses, that means they couldn’t operate legally.

The Obama Administration has it wrong, according to the Albuquerque attorney who represents Valley Meat Co. near Roswell.

The company wants to slaughter horses.

“They’re a small Hispanic, New Mexico business that will basically be shut down by the actions of the Obama Administration,” said A. Blair Dunn, who represents Valley Meat Co.

More than a dozen people work for Valley Meat Co. If this part of the president’s 2014 budget is approved, those people won’t have a job.

The debate over horse slaughter is raging after video of a Valley Meat Co. employee shooting a horse surfaced on the web. KOB Eyewitness News 4 first reported the story in March.

Phil Carter with Animal Protection of New Mexico supports the president’s move to ban horse slaughter.

“So much of our history as New Mexicans was built on the back of the horse. We owe them a much more dignified and compassionate end then sending them to a slaughter facility where they will suffer from fear and ultimately horrific punishment,” said Phil Carter.

“Without this you end up with horses abandoned, left to starvation and neglect," Dunn said. "This is actually a more humane end for horses then just being left to starve to death.”