Now Is The Time For You To Add Your Voice!
It's time to take a stand. For too long, New Mexico has been in the national and international spotlight while just a handful of people try to force our state into becoming the "Horse Slaughter State." Now, join us in defining what it truly means to be a compassionate New Mexican.
Take a stand
- Send a letter to your local newspapers (find a comprehensive list of New Mexico newspapers and their contact information here) using your own thoughts on slaughter and, if you like, the points below.
- Take a moment to publicly thank the congressional and state leaders whom have represented New Mexico in opposing horse slaughter.
- Sign the New Mexicans Against Horse Slaughter petition and share on social media; contact us to gather hard copy petitions at an event near you.
- Volunteer and donate in support of the Equine Rescue Alliance and the Equine Protection Fund.
New Mexicans believe in the dignity of horses. Horses, donkeys, and mules have been at our side in transportation, agriculture, sport, exploration, and every other facet of life in New Mexico. To reduce these majestic animals to commodities bought by the pound as a foreign food source is deeply offensive to our shared values, and the tiny percentage of the population that does so doesn't speak for us.
We have too much at stake to allow domestic slaughter. On August 2, U.S. District Court Judge Christina Armijo issued a temporary restraining order against the USDA for slaughterhouse inspections. Agreeing with concerns brought by the Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue, and others, the District Court has enforced a stronger review of horse slaughterhouses' effect on the environment, including groundwater contamination. The NM Environment Department seemingly agrees, refusing to issue a wastewater discharge permit to Valley Meat of Roswell (which has a documented history of noncompliance with state environmental law) until public hearings can be held.
Even if you've never personally experienced the sensitive nature of horses, consider that the integrity of our water, ecosystem, food safety, and national reputation as New Mexicans are at stake.
We are a national leader in equine welfare. Far from a hopeless situation, New Mexico has achieved accomplishments in the welfare of needy horses equaling or outstripping nearly every other state in the nation. The Equine Protection Fund (donate here) continues to grow and prove the viability of comprehensive humane assistance for horses, donkeys, and mules. The state's Equine Rescue Alliance works 24/7 in improving responsiveness to and capacity for homeless horses. Now, Animal Protection Voters and the equine rescues have created a way for every taxpayer to support the vital rescue shelters through the Horse Shelter Relief Fund (look for an APNM guide to contributing to this Fund via your state income tax form in January, or contact us to find out how to donate any time).
We must expand these efforts even further. With the Navajo Nation publicly asking for help in addressing the challenges of free-roaming horses on their lands, we as New Mexicans must come together with real solutions like humane veterinary assistance and fertility control for wild horses.
Slaughter has always and will always fail to provide a solution. The challenges facing horses in our society are complex -- including drought, the economy, hay prices, inadequate fertility control, and exploitation by profit-minded individuals -- and no one solution will completely address equine suffering. The inhumane, illogical practice of horse slaughter that, according to Attorney General King likely violates state law and that over 70% of New Mexicans reject, cannot be considered a solution.