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“NN never did a survey. in last 3 months only only 1500 capture in 60 chapters. . . (looking at our land where i eat and sleep, i would say 6600 horses ferals. and including wild horse would be close to 11000 all together untame.”” post this anywhere thx”Leland Grass Sacred4s@hotmail.com
This is a vastly lower number than has been promoted for a year and a half.
“Caren Cowan, executive director of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, estimates that about 90,000 feral horses wander the state, with the bulk, about 70,000, on the vast Navajo reservation.” – Albuquerque Journal 6/16/13
Celebrating the work of Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson
Complaint – Sandoval County Commissioner Orlando Lucero makes defamatory statements about WHOA in the Sandoval Signpost
WHOA met with Mr. Lucero the Sunday before the June 5th meeting, with a number of Placitans at the Merc at my request. I have neither been given nor been directed to an application, and I have never refused to fill out an application regarding these matters.
I requested an immediate answer to the following email correspondence, which has gone unanswered for 5 days to date (7/14/13).
The wild horses of Placitas are in the roads and village due to multiple issues, not least of all, lack of population management by the responsible agency. Many, including WHOA, contend this is the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). While predator quotas rise in New Mexico, WHOA’s proactive use of wildlife contraception remains blocked since 2010, primarily by the state of New Mexico. This was long before there was an over population issue, and long before this contraceptive (PZP) was erroneously registered as a pesticide, by the Humane Society of the US and the EPA in 2012. To date there has been no help to remove road blocks (real or created) from any representative, Governor Martinez, or any agency.
There have been 4 accidents to date, killing five horses, and orphaning another, luckily with no loss of human life so far. WHOA has offered a plan to resolve the manufactured over population issue to all the agencies including the BLM,(See below). WHOA and members of the community have also worked together to provide warning signage and to have the Department of Transportation (DOT) provide signage, as well as have the sides of the roads mowed to reduce risk. Incredibly however, the DOT recently removed Wild Horse warning signage installed by Placitans/WHOA.
What is the agenda here? To cause over population, cause a “tradgedy”, turn Placitans against the horses? Effectively punishing Placitans (risking their safety)for fighting for the horses to remain on the “BLM’s public lands”. Is our government ignoring the will and the safety of the people for the sake of gravel mining, and/or an I40 bypass (as requested by Sandoval County in 2008 and planned by the DOT for 20,000 trips per day in their 2001 right of way report)?
WHOA has never advocated to keep the horses in the neighborhoods, or on the roads. WHOA has in fact, fenced them out of neighborhoods in the name of public safety as well as worked to provide proactive contraception. The fencing was effective for many years but without population management, this is no longer effective.
PATTERN OF SILENCE IMPOSED
A meeting was called on June 5th, 2013, by Sandoval County Commissioner Orlando Lucero with some of the many agencies involved, most of which WHOA had also called together to no avail. Unsurprisingly, this meeting held at the Sandoval County Commission meeting room, disallowed public comment. This, is the pattern regarding the Placitas wild horses. The Placitas Area Planning process in 2008 run by Sandoval County, disallowed public comment on horses, and the planned highway through the BLM where the horses live. Likewise, the BLM’s 5 yr plus planning process initiated in 2008 and not yet completed, for the Placitas BLM lands, determined that the horses and highways are “out of scope” of this “public” process, thereby deeming 3000 public comments null and void!
Now, even at this meeting advertised as a “workshop”, a “discussion”, specifically about the horses, public comment was again, denied, while much misinformation went un-corrected.
Hence, the only place that Placitans and the Wild Horses of Placitas (which they overwhelmingly support), have their day, is in court, and in court they are. Please see WHOA’s offer to assist with public safety below.
NM Governor Susanna Martinez Can Make History as a Consummate Leader….or Not
Governor Martinez is “SAYIN” she is opposed to horse slaughter, but is acting powerless.
However, Attorney at Law Pia Gallegos states “There exists sufficient potentiality for public harm so as to justify an Executive Order by Governor Martinez banning horse slaughter in the State of New Mexico.” (NMSA 12-10A-5)
Sign the Petition – YES SHE CAN! NM Governor Martinez Can Issue an Executive Order Banning Horse Slaughter in the State
Petition on Causes.com (Facebook Account required)
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The nation and the world are watching. We can encourage her by signing a petition asking her to issue an Executive Order similar to one that has been drafted for her below.
[DRAFT Executive Order prepared for Governor Martinez, 3/8/13]
EXECUTIVE ORDER-2013-XXX PROTECTING NEW MEXICO’S PUBLIC SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & ENVIRONMENT
WHEREAS I, Governor Martinez have declared: “I believe creating a horse slaughtering industry in New Mexico is wrong and I am strongly opposed”.
WHEREAS A horse slaughter plant is “non-compliant” with EXECUTIVE ORDER-2005-056 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE. A horse slaughter facility will reduce property values, air and water quality, increase crime rates, increase worker-safety issues, and expose US and foreign markets to drug contaminated meats.
WHEREAS Violent crime rates increase due to a slaughter house and vise versa. Empirical data in Kaufman, TX, support this premise. After the horse slaughter facility Dallas Crown closed in 2006 (per Equine Welfare Alliance):
• Murders dropped 100%
• Rapes dropped 100%
• Robberies dropped 65.6%
• Assaults dropped 61.2%
• Thefts dropped 71.2%
• Auto Thefts dropped 83.3%
Conversely, Brooks, Alberta Canada suffered a 70% increase in crime with a new horse slaughter facility (“When A Slaughter Plant Comes to Town” by Jane Allin, Vivian Grant Farrell).
Other Studies confirmed these findings:
• “Slaughterhouses and Increased Crime Rates: An Empirical Analysis of the
Spillover From ‘The Jungle’ Into the Surrounding Community”, J. Fitzgerald,
University of Windsor, Linda Kalof, MSU, Thomas Dietz, MSU. Organization &
• Journal of Rural Studies, Michael Broadway, 2000
• Slaughterhouse Blues, Donald Stull and Michael Broadway, 2004
• American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2007
WHEREAS Environmental Hazards include: Blood disposal issues, potentially pathogenic mountains of entrails, odors for miles. Horses have almost twice the quantity of blood as cows. Their blood is difficult to treat. The bacterial agents used in standard cattle digesters fail to provide acceptable discharge levels because of antibiotics often found in horse blood.
WHEREAS The GAO JAN 2005 -WORKPLACE SAFETY describes the dangers of working in a slaughter plant as well as the relatively high rate of injury.
Per OSHA “If the animals are still dying when they are hung on the line, they may struggle and thrash about wildly, resulting in injuries that range from broken arms to permanent disfigurement and in. . . severe cases death”. “Employee Decapitated by Chain of Hide Puller Machine. Employee Killed . . . Head Crushed by Conveyor. Employee Killed . . . Head Crushed in Hide Fleshing Machine. Employee Killed by Stun Gun. Caught and Killed by Gut-Cooker Machine.”
WHEREAS FDA has not approved horses as food animals. Worldwide, attention is focused on the unlawful-mislabeling of drug tainted meat resulting in economic loss, potential public health issues, and public outrage.
WHEREAS Horse Slaughter inspections on unfit food for foreign consumption would decrease inspections on US food.
WHEREAS American Culture was founded on the backs of horses. 80% of Americans by Lake-Research-Poll, are opposed to horse slaughter.
WHEREAS The GAO REPORT June 2011 – CESSATION OF DOMESTIC SLAUGHTER recommends a “permanent ban on horse slaughter.”
WHEREAS Slaughter of Equines cannot be accomplished pursuant to the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
7 U.S.C.A.§ 1902 Humane Methods. No . . . slaughtering shall be deemed to comply . . . unless it is humane. . . : (a) . . .all animals are rendered insensible to pain by a single blow or gunshot or an electrical, chemical or other means that is rapid and effective, before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut;
“The brain of an equine is further back in the skull compared to a bovine. The equines regain consciousness . . .after they are shackled and hoisted. . . they are very much aware of being butchered alive.”
“ in the . . .equine slaughter houses operating in the United States, no . . . restraint is used . . . in the kill chute . . .In some instances, it takes several attempts to effectively apply the penetrating captive bolt . . ., if this is achieved at all. . . . in violation of 7 U.S.C.A. §1902 (a) of the Humane Slaughter Act . . ..”
- Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM & former Chief USDA Inspector
WHEREAS multiple US states have banned horse slaughter for human consumption.
And finally, WHEREAS New Mexico is home to twenty three Pueblos and Tribes; many of whom hold the horse to be sacred and valued components of their traditional culture are opposed to horse slaughter.
I, Governor Martinez, by virtue of the Authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State do ORDER and DIRECT a Ban on horse slaughter for human consumption in New Mexico.
This Order shall take effect immediately.
Note: Pursuant to NMSA CHAPTER 12 ARTICLE 10A> 12-10A-5.