Few zoo visitors were aware that New Mexico’s largest zoo purchases tens of thousands of pounds of horse meat at a time. It’s among several zoos across the country — but not all — that rely on a horse meat diet for certain carnivorous animals.
Lujan Grisham said she intends to write a letter to the BioPark encouraging the zoo to make changes. She’s already a lead co-sponsor on bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1942) that would ban the slaughter of American horses in the U.S. and in other countries.
Few in New Mexico would argue that the horse is not an iconic symbol of America. That certainly includes people in Placitas, where a large mural adorned with horses welcomes visitors.
Patience O’Dowd, of the Wild Horse Observers Association, lives there.
“I’ve been working as an animal activist for many years,” she said on Tuesday.
She supports any effort to stop the slaughter of horses.
“Because for our culture, we don’t eat our friends,” she said. “And so then why is it OK for our culture to send our friends to someone else to eat?”
O’Dowd said there’s plenty of evidence to prove that horse meat can be unsafe for humans and other animals to eat. She said horses are often injected with various drugs and chemicals in their lives that are unsafe for human consumption.
In February, reports show that a tiger and wolf were killed at a zoo in Nevada after consuming meat that came from a euthanized horse.
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