The Washington Times reports:
A lawyer for a New Mexico meat plant says it is only three weeks from becoming the first in the United States since 2007 to slaughter horses.
“We’re getting ready to go,” A. Blair Dunn, attorney for Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, New Mexico, told Bloomberg News Friday. The plant may eventually process as many as 100 horses a day for export, he said.
The company is one of several that have applied to the Department of Agriculture to slaughter horses, a practice that ended in 2007 after Congress defunded government inspections at the facilities, Bloomberg reports.
Senators Mary Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana, and Lindsay Graham, Republican of South Carolina, along with Representatives Patrick Meehan, Republican of Pennsylvania, and Jan Schakowsky, Democrat of Illinois, sponsored legislation this week that would ban horse meat processing in the U.S. and prohibit transporting horses outside the country for slaughter, Bloomberg reports.
The USDA this month said it encouraged lawmakers to reinstate the ban on funding inspections.
The reinstatement of de-funding for horse meat inspections is in limbo because Congress is delaying on budget bills.
Legislation has been introduced at the federal level. The Senate and House versions are in Committee and will take time and hard work to move out.
It appears the only quick and effective opportunity to stay the opening of a horse slaughter plant in New Mexico lays in the hands of Governor Susana Martinez who has stated publicly that she is opposed to horse slaughter and feels it would be bad for her State.
EMAIL THE GOVERNOR
Email Governor Martinez’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Request that she sign an Executive Order banning horse slaughter for human consumption in the State of New Mexico in a succinct and professional manner.
Petitions are great and have been effective for just about everything from stopping the use of styrofoam cups in restaurants to getting people off death row. But how effective have they been on horse issues?
SOCIAL MEDIA TO THE RESCUE?
Governor Martinez has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SusanaMartinezFan. Account required. It appears however she does not allow visitors to post on her timeline but they are free to comment. Please be respectful and to the point should you choose to take this avenue.
The Governor’s office is not on Twitter.