Well, no surprise here that Valley Meat is blaming anti-horse slaughter advocates for the torching of its refrigeration unit. We mentioned that just yesterday when commenting on a different post. Did not take them long, did it Barbara?
There are several reports (and numerous opinions) regarding the arson attack the occurred over the weekend on the proposed horse slaughter plant that would return the killing of horses for their meat for human consumption to U.S. soil.
Here are just a few excerpts.
by JERI CLAUSING for the Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Arsonists set fire to the southeastern New Mexico company that planned to resume domestic horse slaughter next week, the company’s owner said Tuesday.
“They tried to burn the place down,” Valley Meat Co. owner Rick De Los Santo said Tuesday in reference to opponents who have been making threats against the company over the past year as it has fought the federal government for permission to convert its cattle operations into a horse slaughterhouse.
Chaves County Sheriff Rob Coon said fire officials were investigating but no official cause had yet been determined for the blaze. He said he remains concerned, however, that there will be trouble at the plant if it begins slaughtering horses.
Attempts by companies like Valley Meat Co. to resume domestic horse slaughter have ignited a divisive and emotional national debate that has resulted in a string of threats against De Los Santos, his family and his business.
“We have had some say, ‘I hope your building burns down,'” De Los Santos said. “That’s not good at all. What are they going to do next? Take a pot shot at us when we are walking in?”
On Saturday, De Los Santos said someone apparently jumped the fence, then poured accelerant over the compressors to his refrigeration unit. A passer-by alerted authorities.
Then we got this in our inbox. Here’s a few paragraphs.
by PETER YOUNG for the Animal Liberation Front
An arson attack has halted a meat company’s plan to convert a cow slaughterhouse into a horse slaughterhouse. After federal courts shut down the last three horse slaughterhouses, this facility in Roswell, New Mexico was set to open this week, and become the only horse slaughterhouse in the US.
The slaughterhouse was to begin killing horses on Monday. Without a functioning refrigeration unit, the plant is now unable to open.
The arson has not (yet) been claimed by the Animal Liberation Front, or other clandestine group.
— Read more here >>
Correction. Federal courts did not shut down the last three horse slaughterhouses. Federal law kept them from re-opening until Congress failed to keep the defunding provision for horse meat inspections in this fiscal year’s Ag budget bill. State laws shut them down. I don’t know where this idea started but it is beginning to show up more and more.
We receive some crazy emails but must say we were startled by this person’s take on the situation, pointing out the statement below and saying, “He did it, he did it”.
In a statement, [former NM Governor Bill] Richardson said he would do “whatever it takes to stop the return of horse slaughterhouses in this country and, in particular, my own state, . . . .”
It seems clear that it is arson, but carried out by whom? I have my opinion and I am sure you have yours. It would not surprise me if someone connected with Valley Meat turned out to be responsible. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking. We will just have to wait and see, but I predict stranger things will be said and written.