Slaughter or starvation

By Rene Romo / Journal South Reporter on Sun, Jun 16, 2013

Roberto E. Rosales Pictured are horses that will be slaughtered at the city slaughterhouse in Juarez, Mexico.  Once horses are killed here, their meat is shipped overseas for consumption.  Juarez, Mexico.  (Albuquerque Journal)

Roberto E. Rosales
Pictured are horses that will be slaughtered at the city slaughterhouse in Juarez, Mexico. Once horses are killed here, their meat is shipped overseas for consumption.
Juarez, Mexico. (Albuquerque Journal)

LAS CRUCES – When Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation in late March lifting that state’s 50-year-ban on slaughtering horses and exporting their meat, she framed the measure as a way to provide a humane alternative to the fate she argued awaits unwanted horses – neglect, abandonment, starvation.  Six New Mexico livestock organizations took the same line in a May 10 letter urging Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to green-light federal inspections needed for the Valley Meat Co. to begin horse slaughtering operations in Roswell.

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4 comments

  1. Dennis Davey · ·

    Jean, unfortunately we in Canada are governed by an UNETHICAL government. They demonstrate nothing but contempt towards anyone who dare disagree with them. Yes we have health standards, however it is diffucult to hold govt. ACCOUNTABLE when they are the law.

  2. I hope all involved in this industry choke, it;s cruel and inhumane I’v seen video from Canada, none of it is humane. I’ve heard how Mexico slaughter the horse and it’s sickening. Has any one ever wondered about overseas,Why they don’t have any horses left, because they ate therm. Now they want ours. Canada, it’s all about greed, greed, greed…..money money money….. I say get a real job…. Find a respectable job. Horse aren’t meant to be eaten. Biblical speaking.

  3. Debbie · ·

    Good Question, because none of our horses America’s horses ever had any kind of med records, traceability, NONE, and this has been going on for quite some time and Canada STILL takes all the forged paperwork, it is so unbelievable to me that OUR Country’s have allowed this to go on fro so long … Absolutely sick is what it is ALL about the profit and nothing to do with our well being, not that I would EVER eat horse meat but think of those who do??? NOT GOOD if I were them I would STOP in a hurry before it is to late and something happens to a child or fetus or who ever just not worth the risk as far as I am considered,….

  4. jean robertson · ·

    IF 1/3rd of the American slaughter horses are rejected at the Mexican border what happens to the same 1/3rd of the American slaughter horses that are shipped to Canada?? Does Canada have no health requirements at all???

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