Arson at a New Mexico Horse Slaughterhouse

30 Jul

by Earth First! News

Earlier today, the owner of Valley Meat, Co., near Roswell, NM, announced that his horse slaughterhouse was hit by arson. The blaze did not burn the whole factory down, but appears to have been targeted for the refrigeration unit.

According to De Los Santos, “The fire inspector was out there. He took samples of the dirt and stuff just to make sure. But he said this was something that was not done by electricity or lightning. He said something was poured on it to light it.”

The damage will postpone the factory’s startup, since it cannot work without a refrigeration unit. Chaves County police are calling the blaze, “very suspicious.”

According to AP, a passerby notified authorities on Saturday after noticing someone jump the fence and pour lighter fluid on the refrigerator.

De Los Santos claims that opponents have made various threats to him, like “We hope the place catches on fire.” But it’s hard to narrow down the opponents, since the list of organizations opposed to horse slaughtering includes the Humane Society, the USDA, and other groups.

It appears that the Department of Agriculture held up the permits for Valley Meat, but was sued by the company for failing to act. At that point, the permits were given, in spite of a lack of sufficient environmental review.

Direct action gets the goods.

None of this would have been possible two years ago, since Congress lifted a ban on domestic horse slaughter in 2011. Most horse meat, however, is likely to be shipped to other countries that eat horses and to zoos for animal food.

6 Responses to “Arson at a New Mexico Horse Slaughterhouse”

  1. SeeMORE July 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    what arsonist activists overlook is the mice/rats/insects killed by the fire created. I understand the intentions were good but yea….

    • North Feralina July 31, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      SeeMore, people like you want everything to be perfect before anything can happen. If you had your way nobody would ever do anything because everything would cost some worker their job or a days pay, or put a mouse at risk, or scare a child of a target or whatever. Revolution is not a vegan dinner party.

  2. parvati July 30, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    Burger King meat was found to have horse meat in their burgers. The horse meat is shipped out to China for super cheap, they then sell it back somewhere as cheap mystery meat.

    • Margaret July 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      Why not just get it from Oklahoma since Gov. Mary Fallin has successfully passed an law saying it is OK to slaughter horses once again in the state – oh not for their consumption but to ship to other countries.

  3. earthfirstdurango August 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    Reblogged this on Southwest Earth First!.

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