Say No to Horse Slaughter Here, There and Everywhere
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Against Horse Slaughter Petition
We, the undersigned citizens of New Mexico, reject horse slaughter because it is inherently cruel.
We believe that horses are our heritage and that we all benefit from a more robust safety net for horses, donkeys and mules. We promote more solutions for horses including support for licensed equine shelters, increased resources for families to keep their horses healthy and at home, and access to humane euthanasia by a licensed professional to give horses a dignified end rather than the panic, fear, and pain of slaughter. Anything less is irresponsible.
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Thank you for visiting APNM's Horse Slaughter webpage. We are New Mexicans opposed to the cruel, needless practice of equine slaughter and opposed to the opening of any facility doing so in our state. We maintain that horses, donkeys, and mules are valuable to our lives and vital to our heritage and society. We reject any attempts to reduce these animals to mere commodities.

Please read on to find out the latest news on slaughter in New Mexico, information on how you can get involved, and the facts on horse slaughter.

Stop horse slaughter
Crucial Committee Vote Backs Defunding of Horse Slaughter (Horsetalk, 5/30/14)
New Mexico Horse Slaughter Plant Stuck in Legal Battles (KOAT, 5/14/14)
Attorney General’s New Lawsuit Aims to Keep Horse Slaughter Plant Closed (Albuquerque Journal, 12/20/13)
Horse Slaughter Plants Preparing to Open (Associated Press, 12/16/13)
New Mexicans Weigh Slaughter of Wild Horses as Solution to Overpopulation (PBS News Hour, 10/16/13)
Navajo Leader Drops His Support of Slaughter… (New York Times, 10/7/13)
Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against Horse Slaughter Plants (Public News Service, 8/5/13)
N.M. at Center of Horse Slaughter Controversy (Albuquerque Journal, 8/2/13)
Navajo Nation Will Support NM Horse Processing Plant (Capitol Report New Mexico, 7/31/13)
Aztec Horse Advocacy Group Decries Horse Slaughter, Needs Help With Horse Care (Farmington Daily-Times, 6/15/13)
Vote a Victory for Slaughterhouse Foes (Albuquerque Journal, 6/14/13)
Plant Faces New Hurdle on Horse Meat (New York Times, 6/10/13)
There’s No Place for Horse Slaughter in Our State (Albuquerque Journal, 5/9/13)
Slaughterhorse-Five (Santa Fe Reporter, 5/1/13)
Horse Slaughter Plant Closer to Approval (Associated Press, 4/24/13)
Senator Tom Udall’s Letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (Office of Senator Tom Udall, 4/18/13)
AG: Is Horse Meat a Threat to Health in NM? (Office of the Attorney General, 4/16/13)
Survey Says: New Mexicans Oppose Horse Slaughter (Ruidoso News, 4/11/13)
Obama Moves to Block Horse Slaughter (New York Times, 4/11/13)
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s Letter Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (Office of Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, 4/10/13)
New Research Reveals New Mexicans Strongly Oppose Slaughter of Horses for Human Consumption (ASPCA, 4/4/13)
Interview with APNM’s Phil Carter on “Breakfast With Nancy” (KVOT, 4/3/13)
Horse Slaughter Wrong for Our State (Santa Fe New Mexican, 3/23/13)

Contact these elected officials. Contact these elected officials. Even if you have already done so, please email or call them again to thank them for action against slaughter (more info on the Safeguard American Food Exports-SAFE- Act S. 541/H.R. 1094 here) and/or ask them to take action.

NM Officials roll sheet (updated 6/2/14)




Senator Tom Udall


  • Thank him for cosponsoring the SAFE Act and voting to defund horse slaughter plant inspections

Senator Martin Heinrich


  • Thank him for his stance against horse slaughter and for cosponsoring the SAFE Act

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


  • Thank her for cosponsoring the SAFE Act and speaking out against horse slaughter

Rep. Steve Pearce


  • Ask him to cosponsor the SAFE Act and defund horse slaughter inspections

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


  • Thank him for writing to the USDA and for cosponsoring the SAFE Act

Governor Susana Martinez


  • Thank her for opposition to horse slaughter
  • Ask her to ban horse slaughter in New Mexico

Attorney General Gary King


State Land Commissioner Ray Powell


  • Thank him for his opposition to the slaughter facility

NM Rep. James Roger Madalena


  • Thank him for his opposition to the slaughter facility



Sign APNM's petition New Mexicans Against Horse Slaughter. Additionally, you can print hard copies of the petition from this link. Ask your friends, family, and neighbors to join the movement against slaughter by signing and then return the petition copies to the address on the sheet.

Gather letters for horses. Do you know of a community gathering, church meeting, family event, or other social activity where compassionate people gather? Bring APNM's fact sheet on slaughter and draft letters for people to sign and send to local Congressional offices. Well-written, personal letters are noticed and will make a difference for the horses! Contact us for help.

Support healthy, thriving horses. Volunteer at one of New Mexico's equine shelters, fill out the quick survey to volunteer with the Equine Protection Fund, and consider a financial gift to help horses.

Who are the people opposing horse slaughter?

A 2012 poll found that 80% of Americans do not want horse slaughter to occur anywhere. And a 2013 poll showed that 70% of New Mexicans, including 75% of Latino respondents, do not support horse slaughter.

New Mexico's elected officials are publicly opposed to horse slaughter, including Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján, Governor Susana Martinez, Attorney General Gary King, and State Land Commissioner Ray Powell.

Isn't it better to slaughter horses in the U.S. where the slaughterhouses will be regulated by the federal government?

Industrialized slaughter is not and can never be humane, no matter where it is practiced. As large "flight" animals, the physical and psychological nature of horses means that they suffer horrifically at every step of the process. Horses panic and trample one another while being loaded on to trucks and then suffer from dehydration, starvation, and exposure during transport. At the slaughterhouse, the weakened horses are forced into chutes and then subjected to ineffective mechanical killing devices. Video documentation shows that, frequently, slaughtered horses are not killed cleanly and are subjected to multiple hits by the bolt gun or similar device and are sometimes still alive when butchering begins. Humane euthanasia by a veterinarian is the method that should be employed when horses can no longer be given proper care.

We already slaughter many types of animals for human consumption. Why should horses be different?

Horses are different. New Mexicans and Americans have worked side by side with horses, donkeys, and mules in the creation of our society. Horses have helped us in transportation, communication via mail, agriculture, and even war, not to mention companionship. Most Americans view horses differently than other animals classified as "livestock".


Isn't death by slaughter quicker and more humane than allowing a horse to starve?

Slaughter is not and cannot be a solution to suffering, as it is inherently cruel. The only way to prevent suffering of horses is to support and build upon existing "safety net" programs like the Equine Protection Fund, which ensures feed, veterinary care, adoption for needy horses, and humane euthanasia when homes are not available.

What about the jobs that a slaughterhouse could bring to our state?

Thousands of New Mexicans already make a living in equine-related fields. However, if New Mexico is to become the first state to reopen horse slaughter, it will jeopardize tourism and our ability to showcase our state's equine heritage to the nation and world. There are many thousands more individuals with professions at stake than any facility can offer. Living horses represent a much great benefit to New Mexico than dead ones.

Jobs helping to care for horses, providing adequate facilities for humane euthanasia and disposal, and providing therapeutic uses for horses can and should continue to grow in our state.

If people want to eat horses, isn't that a viable solution to horse overpopulation?

"Horse overpopulation" is the result of uncontrolled breeding and the lack of an adequate safety net to help horses and families in hard times. And horses are routinely given drugs, making them unfit for human consumption.

Additionally, Americans have never had a taste for horsemeat - our relationship with the animals goes much deeper than that - and the domestic market for the meat is nonexistent. Further, relying on the fickle tastes of foreign countries is not a serious solution to the needs of neglected horses. Horsemeat consumption is declining worldwide. European countries are now seriously questioning their own consumption of American horsemeat because of carcinogenic residues from veterinary medications used widely in the U.S. If the European Union institutes a blockade on horses without complete veterinary histories, as they have threatened to do, this will leave almost all U.S. horses unsuitable for foreign markets. Asian countries have never significantly imported American horsemeat. There is no way to slaughter our way to a solution.