Arson suspected at Valley Meat Co. plant

American horses held in export pens in Texas and New Mexico before transported to slaughter in Mexico. © Kathy Milani/The HSUS
American horses held in export pens in Texas and New Mexico before transported to slaughter in Mexico. © Kathy Milani/The HSUS

A suspicious fire has been reported at the Valley Meat Company plant in New Mexico, which plans to resume horse slaughter next week.

The fire occurred around the compressors that run the plant’s refrigeration system.

Authorities are investigating.

Reports suggested the damage may delay the opening of the plant, set for the next week.

The plant’s fate also rests on the outcome of a court hearing set for this Friday, in which horse advocates are seeking an injunction to stop the resumption of slaughter on US soil.

The plaintiffs, which include the Humane Society of the United States, argue that the US Department of Agriculture should not have given the plants approval without first conducting proper environmental reviews.

The department said it had no choice but to grant approval for the required mandatory inspections, provided applicants met all legal requirements.

4 thoughts on “Arson suspected at Valley Meat Co. plant

  • July 31, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    This is really suspicious, they only set a fire on the condenser to the refridgeration unit on the back of the building. When people start fires they are looking for an easy place to light it and let is go wild, but they picked a heavy piece of machinery which is apparently so difficult to burn they had to pour accelerants all over it and on the ground, which luckily Santos was able to identify when he called the fire department. They also say a passerby saw this person doing this, but no one was able to stop or catch the person, get an ID, where is the ID information for the public to catch the person. The next question I have is if they have hired security guards, family staying at the plant, guard dogs barking, tall chain link fences, and desert sand with nothing to hide behind, how did they get in? Which either way-there’s a serious dilemma with lies, because they either lied about security expenses and deceived the public stating they spent money to protect their business for which they have to sue the government to get their protection expenses back, or they are lying about how the condenser really caught fire. Which is it? Either way=this is the criminal element that follows horse slaughter around, this is the second time a fire happened in one year relating to horse slaughter=the killer buyer trailer load of horses burnt alive and now this! This is why Congress needs to stop this! We don’t see this in cattle plants. Whats the difference between horses and cattle, we grill cattle at home on the grill and killer buyers grill horses in ala trailer or slaughter house burgers!

  • August 1, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Tsk Tsk Tsk! I wonder if it was for insurance? Security has been too tight for an outsider to get in.

    Things that make you go hmmmm!

  • August 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Just this week, lawyers representing the New York City Bar asked the Federal Government to consider repealing a law allowing people accused of organized violent strikes against agricultural facilities to be charged with terrorizing their victims.


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