Source: KRQE, by Amanda Goodman
Horse advocates fear New Mexico's wild horses could end up in New Mexico's new horse slaughterhouse. The Valley Meat Company near Roswell passed an inspection by the USDA in April, and is still awaiting its permit in order to start operations at what would be the country's only horse slaughterhouse.
"When you have a horse slaughter facility come to your area hors theft goes right up," said Patience O'Dowd, President of Wild Horse Observers Association (WHOA). Right now, O'Dowd estimates there are about 100 wild horses roaming between Placitas, San Felipe Pueblo and BLM Land nearby, including some foals.
O'Dowd says there is a better alternative for New Mexico's wild horses. "We have to use birth control to manage these horses," she said. WHOA is pushing to be able to use PZP, a non-toxic immuno-contraceptive on the wild horses here. In the meantime though they have petitioned the Governor and the President to reinstate the horse slaughter ban which would keep Valley Meats from opening.