PLS-SIGN, INVITE (4Xs=150 friends!) ASK Governor Martinez for an Executive Order to Ban Horse Slaughter in NM. Please-also call&email; (505) 476-2200 email: ([email protected])
NM GOVERNOR, SUSANA MARTINEZ, MAY MAKE HISTORY AS A CONSUMMATE LEADER
The nation and the world are watching.
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: •Murders dropped 100% •Rapes 100% •Robberies 65.6% •Assaults 61.2% •Thefts 71.2% • Auto-Thefts 83.3%, per Equine Welfare Alliance. Similarly, 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.
Studies-confirm: •Slaughterhouses and Increased Crime Rates: An Empirical Analysis of the Spillover From 'The Jungle' Into the Surrounding Community by Amy J. Fitzgerald, University of Windsor, Linda Kalof, MSU, Thomas Dietz, MSU. Organization-&-Environment, 2009 •Michael Broadway-Journal-of-Rural-Studies, 2000; •Donald Stull and Michael Broadway, 2004, Slaughterhouse Blues, •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.”
Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM&formerChiefUSDAInspector
“ 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&formerChiefUSDAInspector.
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 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 12ARTICLE 10A> 12-10A-5. Declaring a state of public health emergency
Thank YOU! The FAB4
Amie Selecman, Nancy Henery, Paula Todd-King, Jessica Perdue-Guttman