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Judge in Horse Slaughter Case Corrects Mistake; No Next Round Date Set

Federal District Court Judge M. Christina Armijo has amended her order temporarily banning horsemeat packing in the U.S. because it was too broadly drawn. Armijo’s original Aug. 2 temporary restraining order said USDA was ordered to suspend or withhold the provision of “meat inspection services” to Valley Meat and Responsible Transportation until further order of the court.

Armijo officially amended the temporary restraining order Wednesday to order USDA “to suspend or withhold the provision of horse meat inspection services to Valley Meat and Responsible Transportation until further order of the Court.” And although the judge’s Aug. 2 order promised a hearing on the plaintiff’s motion for a temporary injunction, it has not yet been scheduled. There has been a blizzard of filings over the request to change the temporary restraining order and the injunction bond.

Bruce A. Wagman, the San Francisco attorney representing the Humane Society of the United States along with horse rescue and animal welfare groups, wants Armijo to waive under the “public interest exception” the nearly $500,000 per month bond plaintiffs would have to pay to see the case move forward.

“There is no dispute that Magistrate Judge Scott entered a massive injunction bond in this case – perhaps the largest ever in a public interest NEPA case,” Wagman wrote. “Defendants were able to secure this crippling bond by exploiting an oversight in the Court’s order – which not only enjoined the only party sued and the only party accused of violating federal law, but also the private non-federal company interveners.”

Plaintiffs in the case also argued that since Iowa’s Responsible Transportation has withdrawn its equine application for the cattle business and New Mexico’s Valley Meat is having state water permit issues and isn’t approved for shipment to the European Union, there is no real need for the bond coverage. (The EU is a large consumer of horse meat for human consumption.)

In the blizzard of paper now before the court, however, perhaps the most dramatic is the declaration from Ricardo De Los Santos, general manager of Valley Meat in Roswell, NM.

“Valley is a small locally operated Hispanic business that lacks the resources to protect itself from the economic harm sought to be done to it by the large multi-million activists groups that are seeking to enjoin USDA from facilitating Valley’s lawful agribusiness operation,” he states.

De Los Santos says Valley has spent $150,000 retrofitting its plant for equine operations and is now out almost $22,000 per day in gross revenue for each day the court prevents it from processing horse meat.

“The actions of Plaintiffs have trapped Valley with no alternative but to devote its extremely diminished and dwindling resources toward litigation and the bare minimum needed to keep the plant in a ready state should the hurdles imposed by Plaintiffs and this Court be removed,” his declaration states.

The Yakama and Navajo Indian nations are intervenors on the side of the defendants in the cases in part because of their concern about the damage being done to tribal and public lands by the swelling populations of wild horses.

Principal defendants in the case are Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Under Secretary for Food Safety Elizabeth A. Hagen and Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Alfred Almanza.

© Food Safety News
  • Thomas Lee

    When has a small mom and pop business in America making $22,000 a day a sure thing unless your drug dealing. Ricardo should have done his research that the majority of Americans opposed it and there were laws on the books like Hr857,Hr503,and recently Hr1094 to abolish it.. Not to mention Ricardo did NOT have a written contract with the EU’s approval. Matter of fact the EU states it will Not take any meat from the US that is NOT EU approve. Horse slaughter was once monitored by USDA and information from a (FOIA) Freedom of information acts clearly showed horses with their heads bashed in eyes bashed out why so the mixing of stallions and mares would not fight each other. This itself is a crime but because AG and Farm Bureau still considers them livestock they can do as they please with NO PROTECTION very good reason why AG and Farm Bureau created AG GAG bills to protect the abuse and neglect that goes on day by day..
    History has proven itself by just looking at the horsemeat scandals. They were producing more meat than it could sell so by mixing the horse meat with Beef they could still profit..
    When has a Hispanic slaughter plant ever cared for American Natives. They are only being lied to and used to profit their own pockets as the American Tax payers paying their inspectors secretly as we have in the past for an illegally operating horse plant in Texas based on a 1949 law..
    Horse slaughter is merely a BIG LIE and a Reward for criminals and irresponsible people who are only to profit from it. NONE have a history of promoting or donating to any horse rescues in the US.

  • Babs Hennelly Kothe

    Leave it to Ricardo to try again to gain sympathy by claiming he is a small, local “hispanic” business that is being persecuted by 80% of America. Interesting that he is now the “general manager” instead of the owner. His backing is not from his small business..he’s being backed by someone or some group of someone’s who have deep pockets, political connections and a vested interest in slaughtering our domestic and wild horses to line their pockets. Just 1 year ago Des Los Santos announced he was giving up the fight because he couldn’t afford to keep going. All of a sudden he was flush with money, his previous fines for environmental issues at al are paid, and he has endless cash to pay Dunn. Sounds fishy to me.. Love to see how he arrived at $22.000, He is just pulling that out of a hat.. These special interests investing in his plant are going to , if he ever becomes operational, take their profits and run. Just like they have done to every other business and town they have ever done business with. (Kaufman, Texas comes to mind) He will be left holding the bag and he will deserve every sleepless night he ever has for ever allowing them to talk him into this horrific, fraudulent crime ridden industry. Odd, isn’t it..he has been awfully quiet about those “activists” who supposedly tried to burn down his precious personal horse torture chamber. Could it be the evidence points to an inside job, with his DNA all over the matches and his super secret investors hushed it all up??

  • Kathryn Baker

    If the idiot that owns Valley Meat had heeded the warnings over a year ago, he would not have continued to try to open up a horse slaughter facility in the USA. Many people contacted him and asked him to find another line of work. He persisted in spite of the fact that he knew that it was extremely unpopular and that the governor had come down against it.
    I have no sympathy for him or his loss of money or jobs. He needs to go out and get a real job and quit trying to slaughter horses. Of course it is a “Hispanic” business. Why doesn’t he go to Mexico where they evidently love to slaughter horses.

  • veckhoff

    Where is proof of damage by horses to Navajo lands? Reporters: a very small amount would do! And please look into how many cattle, sheep etc. are “damaging” rangeland. They out eat and out-populate the horses. But no one asks about that. Why, in a story that’s about numbers, are none provided?

  • http://burningbird.net Shelley Powers

    Your writing may lead to some confusion, Dan.

    The Judge has not ruled on the plaintiffs request to modify the TRO and adjust the bond. She only ruled on the USDA’s request to modify the inspection restrictions to horse meat inspections only. The reason why is supposedly Responsible Transportation has filed for a permit for cattle slaughter. This is a very simple request to satisfy, and no one disagreed.

    The plaintiffs request to modify the TRO and adjust the bond has not been answered yet. That’s what the blizzard is about this week.

    Your claiming that De Los Santos is the most ‘dramatic’ filing is, well, odd. Of course it is. Declarations of this nature are invariably dramatic. What? You didn’t know that theater is an essential component of the law? I suggest you spend time reading court transcripts for a civil case when there’s no jury.

    Better than a book at times.

    All we have is a statement of money lost per day. We have no real clue if this person has customers. We have no proof that he’s ready to start operations today. All we have is someone making a statement. That’s it.

    Don’t assume these poor little plants are in this all by themselves. Don’t assume they aren’t getting external financial backing. Again, there is no proof offered at this point in time. There’s claims and counter-claims, and a whole lot of statements.

    Bottom line, though, this is about a violation of NEPA, which is really against the federal agency. If the USDA did violate NEPA, OK, it’s on the agency’s head. This means it didn’t do what it should have done before issuing permits.

    If they did take the time to fulfill all of its obligations, then the companies would have to wait for the work to be completed, anyway. They still wouldn’t have been able to start operations.

    As for the tribes, well, there’s some history to this story and the issue of horses on tribal land is a whole lot more complex than I can detail in a comment.

    • http://burningbird.net Shelley Powers

      I wanted to note I had missed a filing and Dan was correct, I was wrong: the Judge _did_ modify her TRO. My bad.

      Apologies, Dan.

  • gatorepi

    How about if the HSUS uses some of the thousands they are spending on keeping a needed business entity closed on caring for the the thousands of unwanted horses that have nowhere to go. How great for the anti-slaughter activists to feel so good about themselves for saving thousands of horses from dreaded slaughter only to have them suffer from lack of care and malnutrition. Present a reasonable alternative to slaughter……PLEASE.

  • dk

    I have owned horses for 40 years and I am completely against horse slaughter! I live in Missouri where one of these plant is trying to open. I hope that this plant never opens.

    Horses being shipped for slaughter are not required to have health certificates. This means all types of diseases could enter our state.

    Furthermore, there are over 100 equine drugs that we (the collective horse owners) give our horses that make them unfit for human consumption. This means the USDA would have their image tarnished.

    Also, I would be worried about horse thieves stealing my horses for slaughter since we no longer allow hangings for horse thieves.

    Finally, slaughter houses want the healthy horses and never the old or sick horses. This is a myth that they want old and sick horses.

  • dk

    Please ask your U.S. Senators and Representatives to support the Safeguard American Food Exports act. Safeguard American Food Exports act is S. 541 in the U.S. Senate and H.R. 1094 in the U.S. House of Representatives. This website makes it easy to contact your elected officials: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

  • Janna Lukens

    I appreciate that Food Safety News is covering this important story because horsemeat is NOT safe food! As evidenced by the European Horsemeat Scandal, our own public is at risk from contamination of horsemeat into our beef supply. Don’t think it can’t happen here. The USDA can’t even keep our lettuce safe! So… Thank you for reporting.

    That said, horse slaughter must be banned. The transportation of horses for slaughter must be banned. Please contact your legislators and tell them to pass the Safeguard American Food Export Act S.541, H.R. 1094. Then, we won’t have to deal with Valley Meats anymore. Maybe Rick De Los Santos can find a job driving schoolbus, like David Rains in Missouri. Stop these greedy monsters from persecuting horses. Horses are NOT food.

    • david_vaughn

      Captive horse breeding should be banned. The entire industry enslaves and abuses.

  • MorganLvr

    Valley Meats is no poor little locally owned business – not any more at least. Money came pouring in from pro-slaughter factions – who would prefer to remain nameless of course – months ago when De Los Santos said in print that he was giving up and going back to slaughtering cattle. Suddenly, he had a lawyer and started talking tough with no mention of the fact that he had JUST said he was going back to slaughtering cattle.

    I don’t know how much he actually spent on “retrofitting,” but from the pictures and videos that I have seen, the only difference in a new coat of paint. If he did spend all this money before he even had a permit, I’d say that was his own fault for jumping the gun. I wonder who told him not to worry about it. I wonder where all his money is coming from as well. Not from his own savings account.

    • Kelly Blevins

      Beltex Meats.. Thats where his money is perceived to be coming from. As you know that scum bag company was operating illegally out of Ft. Worth Texas.

  • Curt

    The availability of slaughter actually increases the numbers of excess horses on the market. Slaughter creates a salvage or secondary market that encourages over breeding. It’s the “EASY Button for disposing of culls. Banning slaughter would reduce the number of excess horses. Slaughter is not “an alternative” for so called unwanted horses or horses in need. Slaughter is a profit making industry driven by a demand for horsemeat overseas and has nothing to do with the numbers of excess or unwanted horses. Slaughter actually encourages over breeding and adds to the problem of horses in need. The USDA has confirmed more than 92% of horses that end up at slaughter are healthy; they are not unwanted, neglected or abused. Horses are in need right now because of the economy and, in fact, slaughter has always been available. This is further proof that lack of slaughter does not result in excess or unwanted horses, .just the opposite. A solution for excess horses will not be found while the slaughter option is in place. As soon as slaughter and transport to slaughter is banned then I am sure we will find many solutions. I don’t want my tax dollars (the USDA says $400,000 per plant) to be used to pay for inspections of horse meat for foreign consumption and profit.

  • susanm

    Let’s consider what’s really at stake here and why horse slaughter needs to be banned in this country. First and foremost, the American culture does not support reinstating horse slaughter as is represented by the more than 80% who strongly oppose it. We don’t want our hard-earned tax dollars, especially during a sequestration, to be spent on supporting this horrendously barbaric industry with foreign interests and no benefits whatsoever for Americans! In addition, knowing the toxic nature of U.S. horse meat, why would we continue to push towards producing this adulterated product for unsuspecting consumers that could potentially cause serious to even fatal consequences?! At the very least there is indeed unethical and immoral implications here on the part of the horse slaughter industry and it’s association with our government agencies supporting it. Mr. De Los Santos has been lying all along about the real reasons his prior business failed and continues to attempt to make himself a victim in the eyes of the public and the court. Well, this is definitely not a person who should be trying to open another slaughter business; especially involving horses. In his previous cattle slaughter operation, he was cited with serious violations concerning inhumane treatment of the cows and environmental damage. He is already a twice convicted felon and then he chose to lie again when he filed for USDA inspection of this proposed horse slaughter plant. How the USDA feels he should have been granted inspection services is beyond comprehension. Responsible Transportation in Iowa did the right thing and made a smart business decision. Mr. De Los Santos needs to do the same. Horse slaughter will never be an accepted practice in this country, never. It is not going to solve any horse welfare issues because it has never been about that. It’s only about money, pure and simple. It will however continue to support irresponsible horse ownership and over-breeding practices because it provides the perfect solution for the such! The Navajo and Yakama that are choosing to support horse slaughter are not only selling out their heritage and cultural beliefs but, as is true with the pro-slaughter concept, it will not lead towards effectively dealing with and solving horse management issues in their entirety! We need to ban horse slaughter to encourage more responsible horse ownership and breeding practices; in essence enforcing the concept of long-term and proper care that is involved when sharing our lives with horses. Please contact your elected officials and ask them to support and co-sponsor the SAFE Act, HR1094/S541, which will effectively ban horse slaughter and the transportation of our horses out of the country for the purpose of slaughter. For more information on the horrors of horse slaughter, please access: http://www.kaufmanzoning.net

  • crookedstick

    So Ricardo is pleading that Valley meat is a little Hispanic company? So, is Ricardo playing the race card? Or is he tipping his hand to let us know that Valley is actualley owned and financed by Jose Angel Hernandez of El Paso, who is a multi-national, millionaire, maybe, Billionaire owner of Casa Hernandez, Frontier Meats and Herchav Air Transport ? Enough of the charade, Ricardo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shelley.just Shelley Powers

    My goodness. All you have to do is mention “horse” and suddenly you’re the most popular girl at the prom.

    Anyway, I wanted to note one specific filing, by Responsible Transportation, at docket 117.

    (PDF)

    http://docs.burningbird.net/horse/courtcase/document117.pdf

    Supposedly RT is withdrawing their request for a permit for horse meat and are switching to beef. Yet, after this decision, it still filed a motion against the modification to the TRO.

    Why is it even involved now? If it no longer needs horse meat inspectors, it shouldn’t even care about whether the USDA wins the lawsuit based on them not doing a NEPA review for horse meat slaughter inspections.

    (The filing is rather incoherent, too, in my opinion, but that’s neither here nor there. And isn’t the lawyer aware that in HSUS vs. Johanns…HSUS won?)

    RT is no longer impacted, because it made a decision to go beef, not horse meat. And the Judge granted the USDA’s request for clarification so it can issue a permit for beef processing to RT. So…why is it still involved in the case?

    The judge really does need to clean this up, because this case has wavered dangerously far from being what it was intended. She needs to bring the players together and do some strict clarification talks with the lawyers from the different parties.

    In the meantime, it’s all rather fascinating.

  • LouieCocroft

    From PROTECT MUSTANGS:
    http://protectmustangs.org/?p=5053
    August 21, 2013

    Why would the Navajo
    government support the slaughter of the sacred wild horse?

    “The horseback riders should understand the prayer and song as to why there is
    such a horse.” — Leland Grass

    By Leland Grass, Dine’

    I don’t understand why our own Navajo Nation Gov’t President
    Ben Shelly, Speaker of the Council Johnny Naize and Dine’ Horseback
    TrailRider bosses support the killing of wild horses to slaughter house after
    they are rounded up. In dine’ culture, The horses are the one help us dine’
    through struggles to extreme survival from pulling our wagons, hoe, plow our
    cornfields and even help us through tough drought to haul waters to sheep
    camps, even fed us from trading posts. The horseback riders should understand
    the prayer and song why their is such a horse. Round them up and support the
    evil way of genocide of our mother earth holy being connect with nature
    elements- spiritual connection displaced in process of elimination. The BIA
    is the one blame for drought, not dine people and its animals and wildlife.
    BIA hurt our prayers and way of life in 1930′s and it continues, omen our
    lands. Do you see any USDA Agriculture near any of our chapter houses. NO!
    BIA stole our agriculture way of life from Navajo land and gave us Chapter
    Houses instead. All you Dine’ horseback Bosses and riders i have seen your
    horses you rode in, they are same being just like the other in wild but
    tamed, when you pray you not only praying for your every own horse but others
    too. Why do you carry Horse Song (or even ask for horse song in your trail
    ride event) and want to kill numerous horses of your land that is sacred to
    all living. Today, early Tomorrow morning, go to your beautiful horse and ask
    why he is sacred the answer gong be come back how you treat him with this you
    going make your decision if you going kill his ego as you will support the
    cause. Call Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture for more details
    928-871-6605 or other Contacts web-link below. or All you every day people make
    a request to stop all horse slaughter and make the round up for training
    schools for youth and even rehab on dine’Tah- give it back to the land. No
    killing of our sacred animals. Believe me our dine’ elders and medicine
    people don’t want the killings. This was one of the talks during a
    traditional meeting at Black mesa near below Peabody.

    We Dine’ riders have done good for Ben Shelly to get elected
    for previous presidential Election , we did it with a horse prayer and to
    ceremony with our horses so he could win. today, he completely took sides on
    a matter further away from our wants and needs- with that we are backing away
    our songs and prayer from Indian Gov’t politic rides any longer. we have
    learned. Leland Grass

    the Lastest on horse slaughter on Dine’ Land.

    NEWPAPERS Article Link:

    (Copy the weblink below and paste it on your web browser).

    http://navajotimes.com/news/2013/0813/080813hor.php

    Write or call NN President Ben Shelly: Address:

    Post Office Box 7440

    Window Rock, Navajo Nation, AZ 86515

    Phone: (928) 871-7000 Fax: (928) 871-4025

    The
    Honorable M. Christina Armijo

    United States Courthouse

    333 Lomas Blvd. N.W., Ste 760

    Albuquerque New Mexico 87102

    Chambers’ Phone: (505) 348-2310

    Chambers’ Fax: (505) 348-2315

    “NO wildhorse slaughter from holy being (the sacred land) of
    Dine’ Tah’ (around/with in Dine’ land)!”

    Leland Grass is from Betatkin, Az in the heartland of Navajo
    Indian Reservation. He grow up around Livestock’s, elder’s, and Medicne men
    and women of Dine’ People. He is currently a younger pro-tem for next
    “Ho’ya’ni’ ” (Man subdue disharmony to become vigilant one) for 12
    Traditional Headsmen Council of Na’hoo’ka’ Dine’ (Earth Surface
    People). A ole’ traditional council made out of Medicine men long ago before
    peace treaty of 1868 with United States Government. His Indigneous Kinship,
    and Clanship are Deshcheenie Dine’i (Red Streak Clan), Born for Todacheenie
    Dine’i’ (Bitterwater Clan), and Grandfathers are Lokai Dine’i’ (Reed Clan).
    He is traditional circle dance Singer. And following the steps as
    traditional practitioner. of the Dine’ Elders and Medicine peoples. In his
    timely effort with the nature, he horseback ride for traditional ceremonies,
    ceremonial Horseback trail rides and also put a ceremony ride together to
    protect the sacred area of dine’ tah’ (Among Dine).

  • LouieCocroft

    http://protectmustangs.org/?p=5053
    August 21, 2013

    Why would the Navajo government support the slaughter of the
    sacred wild horse?

    “The horseback riders should understand the prayer and song as to why there is such
    a horse.” — Leland Grass
    By Leland Grass, Dine’

    I don’t understand why our own Navajo Nation Gov’t President Ben
    Shelly, Speaker of the Council Johnny Naize and Dine’ Horseback
    TrailRider bosses support the killing of wild horses to slaughter house after
    they are rounded up. In dine’ culture, The horses are the one help us dine’
    through struggles to extreme survival from pulling our wagons, hoe, plow our
    cornfields and even help us through tough drought to haul waters to sheep
    camps, even fed us from trading posts. The horseback riders should understand
    the prayer and song why their is such a horse. Round them up and support the
    evil way of genocide of our mother earth holy being connect with nature
    elements- spiritual connection displaced in process of elimination. The BIA is the
    one blame for drought, not dine people and its animals and wildlife. BIA hurt
    our prayers and way of life in 1930′s and it continues, omen our lands. Do you
    see any USDA Agriculture near any of our chapter houses. NO! BIA stole our
    agriculture way of life from Navajo land and gave us Chapter Houses instead.
    All you Dine’ horseback Bosses and riders i have seen your horses you rode in,
    they are same being just like the other in wild but tamed, when you pray you
    not only praying for your every own horse but others too. Why do you carry
    Horse Song (or even ask for horse song in your trail ride event) and want to
    kill numerous horses of your land that is sacred to all living. Today, early
    Tomorrow morning, go to your beautiful horse and ask why he is sacred the
    answer gong be come back how you treat him with this you going make your
    decision if you going kill his ego as you will support the cause. Call Navajo
    Nation Department of Agriculture for more details 928-871-6605 or other
    Contacts web-link below. or All you every day people make a request to stop all
    horse slaughter and make the round up for training schools for youth and even
    rehab on dine’Tah- give it back to the land. No killing of our sacred animals.
    Believe me our dine’ elders and medicine people don’t want the killings. This
    was one of the talks during a traditional meeting at Black mesa near below
    Peabody.

    We Dine’ riders have done good for Ben Shelly to get elected for
    previous presidential Election , we did it with a horse prayer and to ceremony
    with our horses so he could win. today, he completely took sides on a matter
    further away from our wants and needs- with that we are backing away our songs
    and prayer from Indian Gov’t politic rides any longer. we have
    learned. Leland Grass

    the Lastest on horse slaughter on Dine’ Land.

    NEWPAPERS Article Link:

    (Copy the weblink below and paste it on your web browser).

    http://navajotimes.com/news/2013/0813/080813hor.php

    Write or call NN President Ben Shelly: Address:

    Post Office Box 7440

    Window Rock, Navajo Nation, AZ 86515

    Phone: (928) 871-7000 Fax: (928) 871-4025

    The
    Honorable M. Christina Armijo

    United States Courthouse

    333 Lomas Blvd. N.W., Ste 760

    Albuquerque New Mexico 87102

    Chambers’ Phone: (505) 348-2310

    Chambers’ Fax: (505) 348-2315

    “NO wildhorse slaughter from holy being (the sacred land) of
    Dine’ Tah’ (around/with in Dine’ land)!”

    Leland Grass is from Betatkin, Az in the heartland of Navajo
    Indian Reservation. He grow up around Livestock’s, elder’s, and Medicne men and
    women of Dine’ People. He is currently a younger pro-tem for next “Ho’ya’ni’ ”
    (Man subdue disharmony to become vigilant one) for 12 Traditional Headsmen
    Council of Na’hoo’ka’ Dine’ (Earth Surface People). A ole’ traditional
    council made out of Medicine men long ago before peace treaty of 1868 with
    United States Government. His Indigneous Kinship, and Clanship are Deshcheenie
    Dine’i (Red Streak Clan), Born for Todacheenie Dine’i’ (Bitterwater Clan), and Grandfathers
    are Lokai Dine’i’ (Reed Clan). He is traditional circle dance Singer. And
    following the steps as traditional practitioner. of the Dine’ Elders and
    Medicine peoples. In his timely effort with the nature, he horseback ride for
    traditional ceremonies, ceremonial Horseback trail rides and also put a
    ceremony ride together to protect the sacred area of dine’ tah’ (Among Dine).

  • savinghorses2

    Folks read up on Mr. Dunne-he represents the Hispanic people who are needing a minority attorney because they are being singled out for race reasons. However, this issue is really important because the lawsuit regarding food safety, and Environmental Issues as well as cruelty from slaughter- this REALLY is NOT And HAS NEVER been a Hispanic or American Indian Issue, this is NOT about minorities, its about horses and their demise and the cruelty and food safety with environmental issues-we also have to remember that the American Indians claiming environmental damages are not as serious as the long lasting damages from the slaughter houses which involve dangerous drugs!

  • debbie

    NO where in this country do the vast Majority WANT horse slaughter, never have…. It’s always the horses fault, no mention in many articles about the 50 to 1 ration that being cattle to 1 horse… SO get of the horse band wagon of destroying the lands, crap with the MILLLIONS of acrea’s and THEY are the ONLY animal that is eating up ALL THAT LAND. HA so stupid to even try to push something so blatanly ignorant and one sided…. Slaughter endorses the very thing pro slaughter says it will help it endorses over breeding, dumping ground has never been a solution it’s part of the cause of to many horses…. STOP SLAUGHTER and you will SEE a difference in breeding THEN people would have to take responsibility WOW what a novel idea, right??
    Valley Meat was DOOMED from the beginning, stupid business sense who ever told him to move forward… Don’t feel for him not one bit…. In seeing what this man with the milking cows at that plant OMG it was a mess can you just imagine what a horse plant would look like….. THE horse MEAT is tainted folks I asked also my large animal vet and he said that horse meat would have to be culled for quite a while if it had bute in it, you honestly think that would happen, right….. Slaughter is a corrupt, vile entity, that WE THE PEOPLE DO NOT WANT, EVER…. Call the President, 202-456-1111, call your Rep. TELL them you are against horse slaughter…

  • MareCadTITANIC

    I think this is NON-Human racist activity.

  • cartgirl

    What no picture of De Los Santos in his empty ready to “kill them humanely” horse slaughter house wearing his “poor me, discriminated against, good guy whites” ?? I was curious if a final report was ever released about the “suspicious arson” that Ricardo said occurred at Valley Meat. With as much timely media attention that he received from this, I would think that a news story about the investigation and what it revealed would have made the headlines by now. Instead of getting quotes from him that he has obviously been coached on and memorized ask him that question.

  • Curt

    It still concerns me about the lack of evidence of the tens of thousands of feral and wild horses running rampant on the Rez, with the population some say is swelling every day. No one has come forward with documentation or proof of the actual number of horses. Well, to satisfy my own curiosity I looked for a method of determining the number of horses. One method that I thought would work was vehicle/animal accidents. If there were a large of number of horses being hit by cars that would prove that there were a large number of horses. All animals usually react to vehicles similarly with some minor exceptions. Well I found a study of 5 high incident sections of New Mexico highways that was conducted over a 5 year period from 2006 to 2010. Two of the sections are within reservation areas. The results showed in 5 years on these 5 sections of highway vehicles hit 216 deer, 101 elk, 14 bears, 4 other game animals, 4 cows,2 other domestic animals and 1 horse. That is ONE horse! Which proves to me that there really isn’t a whole lot of horses running loose around NM..I think De Los Santos should refit his plant to process all of those loose bears!

  • Lee Stevens

    Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly claimed there are 75,000 feral horses loose on the Navajo reservation in late July. His mouthpiece Erny Zah estimated the number to be 20,000 to 30,000 the same week. On a Huffington Post interview this week Zah changed his numbers to match Shelly’s. Experts including the BLM management group that keep track of the numbers estimate the number to be more like 5,000 to 7,000. The truth is that NO ONE KNOWS. The higher numbers are put out there to sway public opinion into thinking the problem is out of hand. The real answer to why the Navajo Leaders want horse slaughter is money not for the Navajo people but for the leaders.

  • Tracey Dunn Williamson

    Hes got backing from some greedy entity. Horse slaughter is a business for the underbelly of humankind. We do not want it, its criminal element , environmental damage or the cruelkty of it. The only reason we are having this battle is greedy politicians, cattlemen and the greedy over breeders, meaning the AQHA. If we allow this atrocity here again you will be having drug laden horsemeat in your beef. Thats a no brainer. And it is not a matter of property rights , thats another pro slaughter lie. It is funny to me that the over breeders do not see how they have crippled the horse market, not that they care, nor do they care about horses at all, only money. The horrific suffering of horses that go to slaughter is something I would only wish on kill buyers. And for those poorly minded or ill informed thinking that this is anything having to do with starving horses, or abuse cases, please get it through your brain that it is a predatory meat business that preys on horses 18 months to 7 years….there is so much people are unaware of in this horror… we need to stop it once and for all. Frank Lucas (R) Oklahoma is blocking the SAFE ACT HR1094 /S.541 that would end this nightmare… he is a big ag sellout , supports GMOS and Ag gag and of course horse slaughter. Memeber of ALEC too….please put pressure on him, and share what he supports everywhere, we want his name in the public eye in a negative way… he is head of the committee the SAFE Act is in and it will never see the light of day without massive pressure….

  • david_vaughn

    Ban the entire industry that enslaves and abuses. No more captive equine breeding.