Chimps to be Listed as Endangered;
Attorney General Gary King: Horse Meat is Illegal
Join New Mexicans Pushing For Systemic Change and Take Action!
The week of June 10, 2013, brought long-awaited good news on two of Animal Protection of New Mexico's urgent campaigns for change:
Keep up the pressure to protect ALL chimpanzees by submitting your comments for protection!
Photos: Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a proposed rule to list all chimpanzees as endangered. If finalized, the rule provides all the protections under the Endangered Species Act to help protect chimpanzees in the United States from the harms of invasive testing and the abhorrent trade in chimps for the exotic pet and entertainment industries.
If you joined APNM in submitting comments in the past to support this ruling, thank you, clearly your voice counts! Chimpanzees are already listed as endangered in the wild, but were the only species to have a "split-listing" which allowed for their use and abuse as mere commodities in the United States.
Read Dr. Jane Goodall's comments in the stories below on how listing all chimpanzees as endangered helps conservation, and take advantage of this easy link from lead petitioner The Humane Society of the United States to submit your comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and finalize this rule.
Please take action now to help New Mexico's eldest chimp, Flo, and all chimpanzees!
New York Times: U.S. Moves to Declare Captive Chimps Endangered
Public News Service: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Could Recognize All Chimps as 'Endangered'
Washington Post: Fish and Wildlife proposes endangered listing for captive chimpanzees
Science Insider: Captive Chimpanzees in U.S. May Get Status Bump to Endangered
New Mexico AG Gary King Deems Horse Meat "Prohibited and Illegal"
Another critical milestone for animals was marked June 10th with Attorney General Gary King's legal analysis that protects horses and people from the cruel and dangerous practice of horse slaughter. "Our legal analysis concludes that state law does not allow for production of meat that is chemically tainted under federal regulations," says AG King. "New Mexico law is very clear that it would be prohibited and illegal."
Gary King has a long and impressive resume that includes unparalleled leadership for the welfare of animals, from passing legislation to make horse tripping illegal, to pressing for the health and safety of New Mexico's chimpanzees, to leading the fight for stronger statewide animal cruelty laws in New Mexico (watch his 2011 Milagro Award video here). King's opinion on horse meat was hailed nationwide:
New York Times: Horse Meat Plant in New Mexico Faces Hurdle After Ruling on Drugs
Washington Times: N.M. moves to halt first U.S. horse slaughterhouse
Albuquerque Business First: King issues opinion on horse meat
Food Safety News: New Mexico's AG Says Horses Are on Too Many Drugs to be Slaughtered
On the heels of this important declaration, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted to not fund inspections of horse slaughterhouses. From the Albuquerque Journal, "On a voice vote signaling strong bipartisan support, the committee approved an amendment that would end the federal funding for slaughterhouse inspections, which would effectively ban horse slaughter in the U.S."
And on June 20th, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment on a voice vote defunding horse slaughter, Senator Tom Udall joined the majority of the committee in supporting this amendment. Senate and House agriculture appropriations bills now head to the floor of each chamber.
Build on this momentum for horses: send a thank you to Attorney General King and contact Congress AGAIN. Thank you for taking these important actions!
New Mexico has served as a gruesome funnel for horses shipped from all over the country to slaughter in Mexico for too many years. Passing the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1094/S. 541) will forever end the cruel, disgusting process of slaughtering American horses for their flesh.
- Sen. Tom Udall (thank him for voting to defund horse slaughter, ask him to cosponsor the SAFE Act) 505-346-6791, 575-526-5475, 202-224-6621
- Sen. Martin Heinrich (thank him for cosponsoring the SAFE Act and ask to prohibit funding for horse slaughter inspections) 505-346-6601, 575-523-6561, 202-224-5521
- Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (thank her for cosponsoring the SAFE Act and all her work to end horse slaughter) 505-346-6781, 202-225-6316
- Rep. Steve Pearce (ask him to help people and horses by cosponsoring the SAFE Act) 1-855-473-2723, 202-225-2365
- Rep. Ben Ray Luján (thank him for cosponsoring the SAFE Act and all his work to end horse slaughter) 505-984-8950, 202-225-6190
Attorney General King's press release and opinion on tainted horse meat
APNM's press release on chimpanzee listing