Over 135,000 horses were slaughtered in 2015.
While the defund remains in place for the current fiscal year, there is no time to “sit on our laurels”.
We are working harder than ever to ensure:
- No return of U.S. slaughter plants
- Increasing awareness of alternatives to slaughter
- Educating on safe re-homing options
- Stopping U.S. horses from being butchered in slaughterhouses across our borders
February 4: Valley Meat in New Mexico, and all related companies and individuals, were permanently prohibited by a court order from slaughtering horses for human consumption, and from manufacturing, selling or distributing horse meat products in New Mexico. This is the result of the lawsuit brought by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and joined in by Front Range Equine Rescue and four Roswell citizens.
This is a huge victory after our three years of legal efforts to stop horse slaughter in New Mexico.
Front Range Equine Rescue wants to give a tremendous thank you to all of our donors who helped with this monumental, grassroots effort and to the NM Attorney General’s Office and four Roswell residents.
This is a critical milestone, but the battle continues on as there remains a great deal of work to be done to responsibly end horse slaughter. This victory means we stopped the expansion of horse slaughter. The NM plant never opened so no additional horses were killed. It is critical to note that U.S. horses shipped to Canada and Mexico even when U.S. plants operated before. They would continue to do so if any U.S. plant opened. Federal legislation is needed to ban horse slaughter within the U.S. and across the borders.