Gov. Martinez’ Claims to Oppose Horse Slaughter Plant Are False, Says One Thing and Does Another to Mislead Voters, Reward Donors
(Albuquerque, NM) – New Mexico Governor Martinez claims she opposes the controversial opening of an industrial facility to slaughter horses for processing into meat for human consumption, but her recent actions in the case demonstrate that she is being dishonest with voters about her position. The Governor’s appointees at the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) have tried repeatedly to weaken horse slaughter opponents’ case against the facility in recent State court proceedings; she accepts large campaign donations from the backers of the horse slaughter project, and her closest political associates are representing the horse slaughter industry in the case.
“The Governor is not being forthright about her actions to weaken citizens’ efforts to block the establishment of a commercial horse slaughter industry in New Mexico, and that is cynical,” said Gary King, candidate for Governor. “She apparently instructed her appointees at the NMED to try to prevent the Attorney General’s office from representing the public interest of New Mexico citizens at the Roswell environmental hearing, where we challenged the granting of a wastewater discharge permit for the proposed facility. The Governor’s staff filed motions repeatedly to block us.”
The Governor’s appointees also tried to block retired NMED employee and top New Mexico water expert Bill Olsen from testifying on behalf of the Attorney General’s at the Roswell hearing. Both attempts were thwarted by the Roswell hearing officer who ultimately allowed the Attorney General’s office to participate and testify, as shown by the official record of the public hearing.
“Despite the federal government’s decision to legalize horse slaughter for human consumption, I believe creating a horse slaughtering industry in New Mexico is wrong and I am strongly opposed,” Gov. Martinez – 4/13/12
Gov. Martinez wants to maintain a public posture of being anti-horse slaughter – while working to undermine efforts to block a horse slaughter facility – because public opinion in New Mexico is strongly in favor of animal protection.
She also has been accepting campaign funds from big corporate agricultural interests who are bankrolling the effort nationally to reinstate horse slaughter in the U.S. after a six year ban, despite the documented destructive, adverse environmental damage done to small town wastewater treatment facilities in Illinois and Texas before the practice was stopped in 2007.
Leonard Blach, a veterinarian and significant financial supporter of the Governor, testified at the Roswell hearing in favor of the horse slaughter plant when almost the entire veterinarian medical community opposes it. Blach has given nearly $3,000 to the Governor’s campaign and PAC during 2010 – 2013.
Pat Rogers, a top political advisor to Gov. Martinez, represents a pro-horse slaughter party in the federal court case where Attorney General King and others have litigated to prevent the Roswell plant opening due to serious environmental concerns which have been ignored by the USDA.
Source: Press Release, Gary King for Governor