Online video of horse shooting sparks outrage


A contractor at a New Mexico slaughterhouse hoping to resume horse slaughter has taunted animal activists by shooting a horse dead in a video posted on YouTube.

“All you animal activists, f*** you,” he says, before taking a handgun and shooting the animal dead with a single shot.

However, the maintenance worker, Tim Sappington, may soon have to extend his displeasure to the European Union, with news that American horse meat may struggle to reach EU markets.

Sappington is a contractor with Valley Meat Co, which hopes to start horse slaughter operations within weeks.

The shooting by Sappington has sparked outrage among animal welfare advocates, who have gone online to vent their fury.

Rick De Los Santos, a part-owner of Valley Meat Co, told local media he had received hate calls and death threats since the video went online.

“I didn’t have anything to do with that video. That’s the honest truth.”

De Los Santos said the animal had been shot by Sappington in his own time and at his own home, adding: “He shot a horse. That’s what he eats. It’s not against the law to slaughter your own horse.”

Chaves County Sheriff Rob Coon told reporters the shooting was being investigated to determine whether it amounted to animal cruelty. His office was assisting the New Mexico Livestock Board in its inquiries.

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4 thoughts on “Online video of horse shooting sparks outrage

  • July 7, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Not against the law ? Not all good laws are enshrined in state legislature. That was tantamount to murder.

    • September 15, 2020 at 10:44 am

      Any time an animal is killed and does not die immediately then in my humble opinion, it is an act of cruelty of which can and should be acted upon. There is NEVER a reason to be cruel to any animal. Apparently people who deal with any slaughter animal thinks and sickeningly so that’s it’s acceptable to be cruel to someone who will be dead soon. How utterly cruel, inhumane, and blatantly hateful. I do not understand why these cruel sons of bit__es are still walking around without being fined and/or jailed for the horrendous treatment of these brilliant, loving, and generous animals. Please tell me if at all possible why the cruelty is allowed to continue. Sincerely, K Martin

  • August 1, 2013 at 6:20 am

    That was uncalled for .. Even if it was a cow I would still be upset you don’t do that … And posting it on YouTube I hope they shoot him …

  • June 17, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I saw the video of this and I can tell you that horse did not die immediately. It was still alive on the floor when the video ended. If this is not cruelty then I really don’t know what is. I really hope this guy pays for what he did. And I sincerely hope he never gets a job in a slaughterhouse!


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