New Mexicans Want Living Horses

Your Action Required to Keep Horses From Slaughter's Grim Grip


New Mexicans continue to speak out against cruel
horse slaughter. Your voice is needed in this fight!

Over the last few weeks New Mexicans have seen a flurry of activity that proves what many of us already know: There is no such thing as humane horse slaughter, and New Mexicans want no part of this grisly industry.

On April 4th, a brand new poll showed an overwhelming percentage of New Mexicans oppose horse slaughter in general, and also don't want a horse slaughter facility in their community.

Around April 11th, the White House recommended in its 2014 budget proposal to Congress that horse slaughter inspections not be funded. This would essentially prohibit horse slaughter facilities from operating in the US.

Horses are Not Food

On April 3rd, Front Range Equine Rescue and the Humane Society of the United States bolstered New Mexico’s efforts to keep the blight and cruelty of horse slaughter from our state. The groups petitioned the New Mexico Environment Department to rule that horse meat is adulterated and unfit for human consumption.

Then on April 16, Attorney General Gary King issued a media release stating his concern for the suitability of horse meat as human food. The AG’s relevant authority is of considerable importance.

From the release:
"As Attorney General, I have specific authority to enforce New Mexico food safety laws that are applicable to such a facility in our state," said Attorney General King.

New Mexico has had laws on its books for more than seven decades protecting our citizens from Adulterated Food. Scientific studies show that horse meat fits the legal definition of an adulterated food product due to the presence of many chemical substances routinely used on horses that are deemed unfit for human consumption.  

“Recent occurrences of food mislabeling and horse meat contamination have been widely reported in Europe,” adds AG King. Please join us in thanking Attorney General King for his leadership on this important issue!

List of NM Leaders for Living Horses
Continues to Grow

New Mexico’s Governor Martinez, Attorney General Gary King, State Lands Commissioner Ray Powell, Jr. and Senator Martin Heinrich have been outspoken for many months against a horse slaughter plant in New Mexico. Now additional prominent leaders are adding their voices to the debate.

On April 16, APNM learned that New Mexico Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham signed onto the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act. The SAFE Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094) will implement a national ban on both the slaughter of horses and the transport of horses to slaughter. Please join us in thanking Congresswoman Lujan Grisham for responding to her constituents and for being the first of the New Mexico congressional delegation to sign onto this legislation in 2013!

APNM also received a copy of the letter Congressman Ben Ray Lujàn wrote to USDA Secretary Vilsack expressing strong opposition to a horse slaughter plant in New Mexico. Please join us in thanking Congressman Lujàn for his strong advocacy for New Mexico's horses!

From the letter:
"I write to bring your attention to the immense opposition by many of my constituents in New Mexico to the proposal by Valley Meat Company to open a horse slaughter plant in Roswell, N.M. Most New Mexicans consider horse slaughter inhumane, unpalatable and an unviable solution..."

APNM also received a copy of the letter Senator Tom Udall wrote to USDA Secretary Vilsack expressing his concerns about the opening of a horse slaughter house in Roswell, citing his constituents' "continued opposition" to the proposed plant. Please join us in thanking Senator Udall for his meaningful advocacy for New Mexico's horses!

The state legislature passed and Governor Martinez signed Senate Bill 274, the Horse Shelter Rescue Fund sponsored by Senator George Muñoz (D-Gallup). Licensed horse shelters will be able to receive support from New Mexicans who want to voluntarily contribute their state tax refunds to these needy shelters. This program will begin for the 2013 tax year. Watch for this option on your NM PIT-D Form!



Join the voices saying NO to horse slaughter and YES to humane solutions. Even if you’ve already acted, we need you to contact your one U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators again. Use our script below to guide your call.

Sen. Tom Udall (thank him for writing to the USDA!)
505-346-6791, 575-526-5475, 202-224-6621

Sen. Martin Heinrich (thank him for his stance against horse slaughter!)
505-346-6601, 575-523-6561, 202-224-5521

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (thank her for cosponsoring the SAFE Act!)
505-346-6781, 202-225-6316

Rep. Steve Pearce
1-855-473-2723, 202-225-2365

Rep. Ben Ray Lujàn (thank him for writing to the USDA!)
505-984-8950, 202-225-6190


  • introduce yourself, giving your name and where you live
  • ask to DEFUND INSPECTIONS OF HORSE MEAT in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. Our federal tax dollars should not be spent inspecting cruelly produced horse meat that likely contains toxic chemicals.
  • ask to sponsor the SAFE Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094) to forever end the slaughter of American horses for human consumption
  • thank your leaders for working to represent you in Washington, D.C.

 Your actions are making a difference, and are an antidote to propaganda from the pro-slaughter forces that feed off hopelessness and apathy.

Thank you for continuing to raise your voice, the horses are counting on you!



- Support the New Mexico Equine Rescue Alliance

- New York Times: Obama Moves to Block Slaughter of Horses for Meat

- Ruidoso News: Survey Says: New Mexicans Oppose Horse Slaughter

- Public News Service: Is Horse Slaughter Returning to the U.S.?