NM Supreme Court – Judges rule 4 to 0 for WHOA
(with 5th judge non-participating). Case no. S1-SC-35505 NMSC Order Denying Defs Petition Appellate Court Decision upheld
David Bueno has graciously and generously donated the use of some of his award winning photography to help raise funds for the Pueblo of San Felipe Wild Horse Sanctuary.
The “working group” in the article below was literally requested by special interests just 5 days after Valley Meats announced they were opening a horse slaughter plant in Roswell, NM. This working group hid kill buyer dumping of horses rejected at the Mexican border and claimed astronomical numbers of horses on Navajo lands (which the state of NM had no jurisdiction over and no counts for!). This was proven by WHOA inspection of public record.
This working group also blamed these impossible numbers of horses on poor people and First Americans claiming they were being dumped by poor people and 1st Americans due to the economy and high hay prices. Scapegoating…in order to make people believe that New Mexico needed a horse slaughter facility but basically blaming it on the 1st Americans while this administration deceptively feigns that it is against horse slaughter.
In fact kill buyer dumping of horses rejected at the Mexican border as unfit for human consumption are taken to ranches for fattening and re-sent to slaughter and some are dumped on First American lands it seems, in an effort to push them toward horse slaughter by this administration.
These working group numbers are in no way congruent with the estray numbers of the state which are typically under 100 and have no basis in fact. Actual Navajo estimate given WHOA on Oct 29th 2013 (on this page here) was 11,000 and since then the Navajo report they have rounded up 7000.
The below article was referred to in numerous articles calling it out as false reporting by the media and this administration. It was removed from the internet, however, WHOA has saved a true copy below for reposting here.
NEW MEXICO FIRST TASK FORCE: Hired by Sandoval County Manager. This is the final report. During this Task Force, the round-ups continued. These round-ups took approximately 99 wild horses. These round ups were not reported by either the Sandoval County Signpost nor any other New Mexico paper.
The owner/editor of the Signpost in fact participated in the round ups per a police report which is listed on the last page of the WHOA 2016 March newsletter. The Task Force came out with some reasonable recommendations, however, apparently not what the County was looking for. Though tax payers paid $23K for this work, nothing was ever implemented. WHOA participated up until just prior to publication, but removed their support due to the lack of inclusion of certain information to the exclusion of other. Final Task Force Report