In the past few weeks two shocking stories concerning horses in New Mexico made headlines.
Second, the New York Times ran a blistering exposé of horse racing abuse across the country and pointed at New Mexico as having the worst safety record in the nation, alleging that horses often are drugged to such dangerous levels that they risk breaking down and being destroyed (not to mention the danger to jockeys).
Capitol Report New Mexico caught up with Gov. Susana Martinez earlier this week and asked her about both stories, starting with the Los Lunas incident and then asking the governor about her office calling for a report from the state Racing Commission concerning — among other things — improved drug testing for race horses. Here’s what she said:
As for the racing commission, its monthly hearing is scheduled for Thursday (April 19). We’ll be there to cover it.
Update 4/13: In another story, Gov. Martinez is asking the federal government to reject allowing a horse slaughterhouse to open in southeastern New Mexico, which would be the first OK’d in the US since 2007.
Martinez said Friday she plans to send a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking it not to approve a Roswell meat company’s request for inspections that would allow it to operate.
Valley Meat Co. has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its 7,300-square-foot plant outside of town.
Documents obtained by the Humane Society of the United States and Front Range Equine Rescue show that the horses would be “custom slaughtered” and processed for human consumption at the plant.