Dreams of dead horses dashed as Rick De Los Santos stands in the slaughterhouse where he thought he was going to butcher American horses for the foreign meat market. (PAT VASQUEZ-CUNNINGHAM/JOURNAL)
Although it is a moot point, as horse slaughter is dead in the U.S. for the next two years, the beleaguered, wanna-be horse butcher Ricardo De Los Santos, owner of Valley Meats in Roswell New Mexico, will have to wait until March 21, 2014 to hear from the New Mexico Secretary of the Environment if his application for a ground water discharge permit renewal has been denied or approved.
Either way it doesn’t matter as he won’t be slaughtering companion equines without federal inspections and that funding has been halted, thank goodness.
Looks like its back to hamburgers for you Ricky, no ponies in your pens.
Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?
IN THE HANDS OF KILL BUYERS! When horses are purchased at auction by buyers intending to kill them, they're hauled away in double- decker tractor trailers where they are beaten and often blinded with baseball bats to mollify them. After crossing the border into Mexico, the animals are stabbed on each side-an act to tenderize their meat-and immobilized. Workers, then saw the horses legs off, at the knee and hang them to bleed out-all while the horses are ALIVE! (This is an excerpt, from an article written by Missy Diaz, crediting Victoria Mc Cullough and Sen. Joe Abruzzo for bringing awareness of horse slaughter, to Florida. In 2010 Florida Legislation unanimously passed the Horse Protection Bill, making it a felony to slaughter horses for personal or commercial use.)