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NM Horse Slaughterhouse Says It Was Hit By Arson

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"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...

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Birgit W (160)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:40 pm
One slaughterhouse less. Thank you.

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:40 pm
Noted with sadness and a bit of frustration. It's probable that the fire was the act of one person, which only slowed down the opening, not stopped the plant from opening. Those who commit violent acts like arson reflects on all protesters.

Freya H (357)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:22 pm
Granted, horse slaughter is entirely wrong. However, arson is wrong, too. Two wrongs don't make a right, just two wrongs.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:22 pm
I am so sorry that someone did this because it only gives these animal abusers more sympathy and credibility!

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:37 pm
Since the government labels all activists as home grown terrorists, why not make it worth their time!;)

Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:42 pm

The owner called it arson, what did the fire department say? I agree about 2 wrongs and the higher moral ground, but it is meant to be an abattoir.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:44 pm
This does not bode well for all of us who fight to stop horse slaughterhouses from opening. It just added more fuel to the opponents fire. Thanks Carrie.

Pat B (356)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:50 pm
I agree with the above comments...well put. Thanks, Carrie for this.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:51 pm
"Chaves County Sheriff's Department Lt. Britt Snyder says fire officials were investigating the Roswell blaze and have not yet determined the cause. But he called the fire "very suspicious."

Barbara K (60)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:57 pm
I hope he doesn't rebuild. Poor horses, don't deserve to be slaughtered like that. Shame on this guy.

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:04 pm
It sounds silly to me that they HAD to give them the permit to be a horse slaughterhouse to begin with!

Christeen A (368)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:31 pm
Please save the horses from this horror. Thank you.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:07 pm

There are many ways to interpret a "suspicious" fire. Yes, Yvonne I still question that. I just can not feel for the "loss"of this abattoir or the loss to the owner. I just think "Whew" the horses have a temporary stay.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:20 pm
Yes, the horses are safe for now, but unfortunately the owners of Valley Meat are getting some not deserved sympathy.

Diane K (134)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:31 pm
This horse slaughter is unacceptable, so I hate to say, but I don't empathize with Valley Meat. Is the U.S. aware, that even in Great Britain, horse meat is not legal to be sold in grocery stores, or eaten by the public? Maybe they can sell to France or a few other places, but don't think there's really a big demand for horse meat. Fight fire with fire!!

Vallee R (280)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:37 pm
Was going to ask about the horses - but arrie you answered that - not surprised in NM - saw a landlord try to "break" a horse and I so muh wanted to say "STOP" let me talk to it - they ended up having to shot is outsie my front door - so sad! But they had to act "macho"!

Jason S (50)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:21 pm
Good posting, thanks

Twyla Sparks (208)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:28 pm
I think this is a blessing in away. I will Pray that they don't build back that will be one last place to take the poor horses. I would love for all of them to burn down myself. lol

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:36 pm
Unfortunately, this is just a minor annoyance for Valley Meat Co. I hope it is discovered that they and their sympathizers are to blame here.

Florence Eaise (132)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:37 pm
If there's enough money to be made, that fire will only slow the opening of the horse slaughter plant down it unfortunately isn't going to stop the opening of the horse slaughter plant . I myself must admit i couldn't possible care less about the fire itself or the loss of the plant, eve if it is only temporary. Great post Carrie shared tweeted and noted thanks

Veronica C (22)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:17 pm
Wrong approach. Can't justify arson.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:34 pm
Sadly this will only delay the inevitable--this pit will be up and running shortly. It's a disgrace what's happening to horses the world over. A real pity this maggot Rick wasn't in that horror house when it was set ablaze. Life is not only cruel but so damn unfair. Thx Carrie

Laurie H (817)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:02 pm
Thanks Carrie for sharing with us. Will be against horse slaughtering always---horses have given of themselves throughout history & were never meant for human consumption! This fire won't stop what's happening & it's happening all over!! Such shame to go around~

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:50 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 1:54 am
Great article. Thanks for sharing.

Michael Carney (217)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 2:09 am
Noted...While don't approve of them taking things in their own hands, and burning this place down, I want to shut these places down as much as anybody...However doing it this way, doesn't do the activists any favors...We got to beat these Bastards legally and in Court, not this way...Allthough, I can't say I'm sheading any teards for the owner of this Company...I"m sure he has the blood of thousands of hourses on his hands over the years, so no I'm not gonna lose any sleep over this...

Helen Porter (39)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 3:10 am

And the animals cry.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 5:05 am
Too bad it was not successful.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 5:55 am
People who slaughter animals are heartless monsters!

Gene J (290)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 6:13 am
Okay, free country and all that, but any fool who wants to open a business that so offends the vast majority of American citizens ought be smart enough to outsource the ugly thing. We do not slaughter horses for consumption in this country. I disagree with some of the things said in that article and agree with others - no these are not people that should be shot, nor is arson an okay method of protest, but the business itself is so offensive I can't imagine why it would be given a permit. Just because you can, does not mean you should.

Suzanne L (99)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 6:29 am
All I can say is that it seems the horses suffer no matter what. I hate the idea of horses being slaughtered for consumption.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 7:39 am
That crying horse tears your heart apart. Just save the horses from slaughter and more pain.

Ann B (60)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 7:58 am

Valerie H (133)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 8:00 am
ummmm ????

Villians = 0

Animal Welfare Activists AND the Animals = 1

. (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 10:51 am
I'm not shedding any tears for their loss.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 11:47 am
Maybe they got their just rewards Someone is giving the horses a stay of execution Wish it would stay that way

Stardust Noel (38)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:25 pm
I'm not sorry for their loss, just stop slaughtering horses!

Karen B (8)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:37 pm

Jen S (121)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:50 pm
Coolect his insurance and do something more constructive. Horsemeat isn't legal for consumption here and I fail to see why any American horse shoudl be slaughtered for export. These slaughterhouses are bottomless pits of horror that should be conclusively outlawed. Bringing back horse slaughter will increase horse theft, the increased poaching of the few remaining wild mustangs, even more corruption in the BLM, which really can't afford any more. As a horsewoman, I find this fire unfortunate for the owner of this slaughterhouse, but a very good start.

Peggy A (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:58 pm
Bless the horses.

Melania P (122)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 1:53 pm
Who cares about them? Great for the horses!!!

Kate Kenner (215)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 3:17 pm
I could couldn't car less about the loss of this slaughterhouse if I tried. It isn't a business that should exist in the first place. I can not feel sorry for people who make a living killing horses or any other animal.

Gloria H (88)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 3:33 pm
I have some matches in case someone runs out of them. If it would save horses, I'd rub two sticks together.

Michael Carney (217)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 3:42 pm
Sorry for the horrible spelling in my post above...It was real late, and I was tired...That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!! :)

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 4:03 pm
Gloria, I certainly understand, shame on you~kinda :)

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 8:49 pm
I care about the horses. But for the ones who slaughter them, I don't. I agree with Freya and Kit that two wrongs don't make it right. I just hope that the owner of the slaughter house thinks twice about rebuilding and takes it as a sign, not to kill animals. Thanks Carrie

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 9:01 pm
This is all about money~nothing more, nothing less!

Aud nordby (740)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 11:27 pm

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 9:41 am
Horses have been human's faithful companions throughout the centuries in peace and in war. Is this how we reward them?

That sign came up saying I can't get any more butterfly points,. Yaaargh!

I'm not doing this for butterfly points and I don't think you are either,

There must be a couple of shnooks among us who complain if they don't
get their butterfly points.

Most of us don't complain. We appreciate the opportunity to help make this
a better world.

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 9:42 am

DORIS L (61)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 1:08 pm
They should take the "hint" and forget about a slaughterhouse. It is a cruel business and should be destroyed world wide.

Willetta s (3)
Friday August 2, 2013, 8:24 am

Helen Porter (39)
Friday August 2, 2013, 6:15 pm
Willetta, I don't think so.

There was this article about somebody eating their own placenta..............seemed dang proud of it.

But I do know this, for me at least, when I was poor and hungry, I still wouldn't eat just anything.
And now that my kitchen is full to overflowing, I have the sense to be thankful.

And I still won't eat just anything. LOL

Hey, maybe I'm not human. I've been told, in fact just this morning, this young guy and I got to talking over at McDonalds and he said there aren't many people like me. Whew!!! I wouldn't know how to handle the "like me" either,.

We had a wonderful conversation about Creator. When time came to leave, I held out my hand to shake his hand. He looked surprised and then he did let me shake his hand. Then I realized why he had been so surprised that I wanted to shake his hand, I'm a white "elderly ROFLOL" lady and he's black. But, wow!, what a BEAUTIFUL shade of dark black! I just love an African who looks like an African.

Now, if I was a few, lotsa, years younger......he wouldn't get away so easy. ROFLOL

Diane L (110)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:58 am
Really, Birgit? So anything you don't agree with, it's okay to just burn it down? When does just burning down a building end with that? A/R extremists thought that was all they were doing when they bombed a research lab at a university a few years back, and yes, they succeeded in burning the lab, but they also were responsible for the death of an innocent woman who was a janitress. So WHAT if it was an "accidental" death, or just the wrong person at the "right" place at the "wrong" time!

Violence like this is NEVER justified.

BTW, Diane K., the horses slaughtered at this plant, and any other that re-opens, would not result in their meat being consumed in this country. Horsemeat has not been a product available for consumption in this country as long as I've been alive, but the plants that slaughtered them were open for business until a few years ago. The meat was exported to other countries which DO regularly consume it. It's not up to the U.S. to dictate what other countries eat. We are not the world's police or should we attempt to dictate ethics and morals everywhere.

Carrie B (306)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:09 am
Arson is never justified. Neither is supplying HORSE MEAT to other countries. If they want to eat horses~let them supply their own~God help them! We do not need to be part of this atrocity!

Diane L (110)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:17 am
I'm glad you consider arson unjustified, Carrie. Now, as for supplying horsemeat to other countries also being unjustified, many who are vegan would argue that supplying ANY meat or dairy or poultry to anyone is unjustified. If exporting a product that is grown here is unjustified because there are those who don't approve of the product and suggest that if other countries want it, then THEY should supply it, that could go both ways. Going by that mindset, it would therefore be unethical for us in the U.S. to import anything that we cannot raise, grow or produce here. That would eliminate all bananas, coconuts and pineapples amongst dozens if not hundreds of other products.

Carrie B (306)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:23 am
When was the last time anyone had ethical objections to bananas, coconuts, or pineapples?

Diane L (110)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 5:49 am
Carrie, you've missed the point. You were suggesting that a product that some object to shouldn't be exported to any country that couldn't supply it themselves. I brought up those products to illustrate that this country can't supply them, yet we import them. Yes, there are objections to all of those products with concerns to deforestation and elimination of habitat where some species are slowly becoming extinct. So, by that thinking, we shouldn't import any of them and grow our own if we want them. Maybe some of us are concerned about those species to the extent we feel nobody should eat the products mentioned. Horses aren't endangered or at risk of becoming extinct, either. In fact, there are too many horses out there right now. I happen to have two formerly unwanted horses standing in my pastures, one of which was close to starving to death when I rescued her. I'm not sorry I did, and she's now a cherished member of my "family", but I can't save 'em all. Can you?

Sergio Padilla (65)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 1:11 pm
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