An employee of a southeastern New Mexico slaughterhouse has posted a video online showing him fatally shooting a horse in the head.
That has sparked outrage among animal activists and led to death-threat calls to the Roswell meat company which is working with the USDA to get a horse slaughter plant in the area.
KOB-TV reports that a maintenance contractor with Valley Meat Co. is shown in the video bringing a horse out of its pen, swearing at activists and then killing the horse with a single gunshot.
Plant operators say they had nothing to do with the video.
Valley Meat Co. part owner Rick De Los Santos says the maintenance contractor shot the video on his own time and at his own home.
Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com
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