Source: Wild Horse Observers Association
Open Letter to New Mexico Governor Martinez
Governor Martinez Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501 505-476-2200
Re: Please Ban Horse Slaughter in New Mexico – Petition results (every 5000 report) Dear Governor Martinez,
I am writing to you on behalf of New Mexican Citizens Against Horse Slaughter and more than 5800 petition signers attached to ask that you to please sign an Executive Order to ban horse Slaughter in New Mexico.
These signatures are representative of the 80% of Americans who like you, are against horse slaughter for Human consumption per the recent Lake Research Poll.
This petition is closely followed by a SECOND petition to Ban Horse Slaughter in New Mexico and now a THIRD Petition to STOP THE RED NECK NATION killing of prairie dogs, coyotes, bears, cougars and horses in New Mexico. This petition supporter numbers are still growing.
There are also other multiple relevant petitions regarding New Mexico and killing including;
Stop Animal Killing Contests in New Mexico ; Currently at 22,474 signatures on Causes.com
Though there are folks in New Mexico who are pro-slaughter, most of the pro-slaughter forces are outside our
state as shown by those who have joined in the lawsuit with Valley Meats against the USDA.
Folks in N and S Dakota, Wyoming, and a national cattle association have joined in the Valley Meats Lawsuit v. USDA while only 2 New Mexicans have joined.
One might ask why Dakotans want a horse slaughter plant here in New Mexico. Why? This makes little sense logistically. From N. Dakota to Southern New Mexico is essentially equivalent to the trip from N. Dakota to Mexico or Canada. Why then doesn’t North Dakota open a horse slaughter house? This should tell us all something. Perhaps they do not want one in their back yard.
New Mexicans are no longer duped by pro-horse slaughter propaganda.
1. New Mexican now know that “unwanted horse” stories are largely just that. They know that the horses we constantly hear about being abandoned are not the fault of “poorer” families, or Indians. Rather they are being dumped, at the border, at auction houses, at ranches, and other places by kill buyers who could not sell these sick, pregnant, ungelded, and drug tainted horses into the Mexican slaughter for human consumption pipeline, because Mexico has to comply with European Union standards.
- New Mexicans know that Mexico is using the captive bolt (albeit ineffective) just as an American slaughter house does. Again due to the European Union standards.
- New Mexicans also now know that horse slaughter cannot be accomplished humanely or within the law as stated by the 1958 Humane Slaughter Act due to the anatomy of the horses head with the skull being thicker than a cows and the brain being anterior. A horse cannot be reliably knocked unconscious by a captive bolt much less with one blow to the head as per this law.
- New Mexicans understand also that slaughter is the systematic cause of abandoned horses. Per the EU report attached, pg 24, over 19,000 horses were rejected at the Mexican Borders in 2011. These horses are then dumped all over New Mexico and are a disease control threat per the cattle associations in this state in their letter to you on April 19th 2012. See last document in link above. Hence proximity to slaughter is the cause, not the “solution”, to the abandoned horse problem in NM.
- Importantly, as a former District Attorney, a student of the laws of our lands, you understand as New Mexicans now do, that a letter, a petition, or a call, to the USDA, is no more than a dressing, or a rant, as the USDA is in no way, a law making body. The USDA has no choice but to follow the law. However you can use the legal authority of your office to change it.
We invite you to review The Unintended Consequences of Horse Slaughter for the US and the EU Report pg 24 attached. These reports support the statements above.
Please also review the Draft Executive Order attached for your convenience below. We have much more information for you on environmental justice issues with a horse slaughter house. Let me know if we can be of any further service.
Governor Martinez, we are counting on you, on your leadership, and on your strong commitment against horse slaughter for New Mexico.
Jessica Perdue Guttman
Paula Todd King
Attorney at Law Pia Gallegos states “There exists sufficient potential for public harm so as to justify an Executive Order by Governor Martinez banning horse slaughter in the State of New Mexico.” (NMSA 12-10A-5)
- Snuff Video of Horse Slaughter Inflames Debate Over Tainted Horse Meat (rtfitchauthor.com)
- Here is the face of “pro-horse slaughter” advocates (ppjg.me)
- Horse-Slaughter Plant’s Lawyer Says Opening Three Weeks Away (rtfitchauthor.com)
- Moran Calls on USDA to Deny Horse Slaughter Facility Permits (rtfitchauthor.com)
- URGENT: Tell Congress to Ban Horse Slaughter Once and for All! (rtfitchauthor.com)
- Congressman Moran Statement on Reports of Horse Slaughter Plants Reopening (rtfitchauthor.com)
- Horse-Slaughter Advocate’s Video Spurrs Investigation (rtfitchauthor.com)