Monday, March 21, 2011

Campaign to Shut Down San Bernabe


by Annie Mond on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 11:30pm.

You can find information on the San Bernabe animal auction and the animal suffering at and the Youtube video, enclosed.


The enclosed link to the petition

is about a slaughter auction in Mexico with many horses and donkeys at the auction...the pictures in the video are horrible. They are hoping an international petition will put more pressure on the government to close this horribly cruel auction. Please help and sign their petition. Some of these horses may come from the US.

Elizabeth Forel Mar 12 08:00PM -0500

This is an International Petition to shut down this very cruel Mexican slaughter facility.

The San Bernabe auction is a source of violence that has permeated not only

other animal auctions of the State of Mexico but also most of the MexicanRepublic.

It is the largest animal auction in Mexico. It is the central dissemination point of

sale for slaughter animals.


Since October of 2007 and through multiple witness reports, television and

newspaper headlines, animal protection groups of Mexico have been alerting

the Mexican community of the terrible animal abuse and extremely poor

sanitary conditions at the San Bernabe animal auction in Mexico (Mercado de

San Bernabe). The San Bernabe auction is located in the Almoloya de Juarez

municipality, about 100 kilometers west of Mexico City. Here, an environment

of violence and impunity persists before the eyes of the Governor of the

State of Mexico, *Enrique Peña Nieto*. The local authorities with

jurisdiction over the auction, in spite of having full power to inspect

operations, enforce humane regulations, and impose sanctions on the numerous

extreme violations have thus far been totally apathetic. Regulations aimed

at providing a somewhat sane level of humane animal treatment and sanction

the extreme brutality currently exist but have never been enforced.Therefore,

in effect, extreme animal cruelty persists unchecked without reprieve or recourse

at the San Bernabe auction.

Domestic animals as well as wildlife are sold every Monday at the auction

with the majority of domestic animals being horses and donkeys. Many animals

are of unclear origin and visibly sick, although suspected starting point

for most are states in central and northern Mexico, with some horses

traveling from locations as far north as the United States. They travel

thousands of miles to the San Bernabe auction to either be sold for various

domestic uses as live animals or butchered in clandestine slaughterhouses

throughout Mexico for their meat. It is possible that some of these horses

are ultimately sold to state slaughterhouses in Zacatecas and Aguascalientes

where they are processed and their meat is exported to markets overseas.

Horses and donkeys arrive at the auction in appalling condition.* *Those

that arrive alive are sadistically dragged out of the trucks despite

exposed fractures, bleeding open wounds and sores observed on

some of them. Horses are often suspended with ropes along truck

walls as they are too weak to remain standing. These so-called

"disposable animals" are kept alive because the price of a kilo of living meat is

$20.00 pesos, or about $2 USD, which is almost twice the price for a kilo of dead

meat. When the agony finally ends and an animal dies, it is immediately cut open

and its viscera is thrown to the ground where it remains without prompt subsequent

removal. Even more alarming is the disposal of animal entrails and blood in the

nearby Lerma River which creates a* *serious environmental and health threat.

The beatings, kicking, and use of electric cattle prods on the animals at

the auction are constant. Terrified and panicking donkeys and mules

regularly beaten to death.




We believe that it is mandatory to comply with Mexican federal and state

legislation regarding animal health and humane treatment, wildlife and

environmental preservation issues. An animal auction like San Bernabe with

no adequate health standards and with such pervading intense brutality must

be regularly inspected and adequate sanctions imposed without excuses to

overlook these severe violations.

The Governor of the State of Mexico, *Enrique Peña Nieto*, in coordination

with the City Council of Almoloya de Juarez and all other regulatory

entities with jurisdiction over the San Bernabe auction must assert their

authority and, for the sake of the physical and mental health of the

community, enforce the Federal Law of Animal Health; General Law of Wild

Animals; Law for the Environmental Balance; Biodiversity Code of the State

of Mexico; and the Mexican official regulations concerning the sale,

transport and handling of working and slaughter animals. They must also

sanction the numerous blatant violations occurring at the auction.

State and municipal governments are fully responsible for enforcing existing

regulations. For example, the Biodiversity Code of the State of Mexico,

stipulates the obligation of the municipalities, the Ministry of Health and

the State Environmental Ministry to immediately ensure proper care of the

animals and shut down animal auctions where cruelty or abuse take place, and

the life or safety of animals is at risk. Concerned Mexican citizens have

repeatedly asked Governor *Enrique Peña Nieto* for the enforcement of

existing laws as well as the implementation of a strong animal rights and

welfare educational campaign among the San Bernabe animal auction traders

and animal owners. Unfortunately, the Governor has thus far ignored all

urgent requests and pleas by citizens mainly because animal cruelty,

politically speaking, is not an important matter on his agenda.

The San Bernabe auction is a source of violence that has permeated not only

other animal auctions of the State of Mexico but also most of the Mexican

Republic. It is the largest animal auction in Mexico. It is the central

dissemination point of sale for slaughter animals.* *Here a Dantean scenario

of cruelty and filth rules undeterred where existing laws are not enforced

and supervision of auction operations, animal treatment or sanitary practices,

is nonexistent. The San Bernabe auction in Almoloya de Juarez makes

a mockery of humanity and is one of the most shameful examples of

animal brutality and ill health in Mexico. We have fought alone for a long

time and are now reaching out to the international community to please help us

make a change for San Barnabe’s animals. Their suffering is immense.

Thank you!


Name of the group that is sending this letter



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

NOTICE - US Government declares that killing horses for food is legal in the U.S>

Horse slaughter plants are legal again in the United States. Restrictions on horse meat processing for human consumption have been lifted.
In a bipartisan effort, the House of Representatives and the United States Senate approved the Conference Committee report on spending bill H2112, which among other things, funds the United States Department of Agriculture. On November 18th, as the country was celebrating Thanksgiving, President Obama signed a law, allowing Americans to kill and eat horses. Essentially, one turkey was pardoned in the presence of worldwide media while in the shadows, buried under pages of fiscal regulation, millions of horses were sentenced to death.

Horse slaughter has been prohibited in the United States as funding for inspections of horses in transit and at slaughter houses was non-existent. This worked because the horse meat cannot be sold for human consumption without such inspections. The House version of the bill retained the de-funding language and the Senate version did not. The conference committee charged with reconciling the two opted to not include it. The result is that it is now legal to slaughter horses for humans to eat.

Notwithstanding that 70% of Americans oppose horse slaughter, that President Obama made a campaign promise to permanently ban horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption (horses can be sent to Mexico and Canada), that documentation of animal cruelty, slaughterhouse stench, fluid runoff and negative community impact exists, it is taxpayers that will bear the costs!

Wyoming state representative Sue Wallis and her pro-slaughter group estimate that between 120,000 and 200,000 horses will be killed for human consumption per year and that Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Georgia and Missouri, are considering opening slaughter plants.

During these trying times, is the only thing that Democrats and Republicans can agree on is that Americans need to eat horses?

Read more:

I-SPEAK, International Society for the Protection of Exotic Animal Kind & livestock, inc,
415 Pisgah Church Road, Greensboro, NC 27301