Video: Tim Sappington Curses Animal Rights Activists before Shooting Horse in Head
A New Mexico man has enraged animal rights activists by posting a YouTube video of himself shooting a horse in the head.
KOB reports that Tim Sappington, a maintenance contractor at Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, shot the disturbing video at his Dexter home. In it, Sappington leads a horse from its enclosure before sending a message to animal rights activists.
“To all you animal activists, fuck you,” he says into the camera. He then pulls a pistol from a holster on his hip and fires one shot into the horse’s head, instantly felling the animal. The horse is convulsed by a death spasm as it lies on the ground.
“Good,” Sappington then says as he walks away from the dead horse.
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The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state Livestock Board is now investigating the incident as a potential act of animal cruelty, serving Sappington with a search warrant on Thursday as public outrage over the killing has spread throughout the country. Sappington has reportedly received death threats, as are the operators of Valley Meat Co., who insist they had nothing to do with the video.
“You know what people should be slaughtering? You fucking spicks, [you] should never have been allowed in this country,” one caller said.
“I didn’t have anything to do with that video, that’s the honest truth, but like I said, people will make assumptions,” Valley Meat Co. co-owner Rick De Los Santos told KOB.
De Los Santos said he supports Sappington’s right to shoot and eat his horse, but he did not agree with posting a mean-spirited video depicting the killing.
“He shot a horse, that’s what he eats, it’s not against the law to slaughter your own horse,” De Los Santos said. “Now, putting it on YouTube, I would not have done that.”
Valley Meat Co. is currently seeking federal approval to slaughter horses after Congress lifted a ban on the practice in 2011. While the slaughter of horses for food is controversial in the United States, some prominent animal advocacy groups, foremost among them People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) supported ending the ban on horse slaughter. PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Wrajt told NewsChannel 5 that domestic horse slaughter is the lesser of two evils since horses were sometimes inhumanely transported to Canada and Mexico during the ban.
“We want to avoid that, those trips are horrible for those animals,” Wrajt said. “Often times they’re denied food and water, the don’t get any rest, they don’t have any time to stretch their legs, so to speak, during that trip and we want to avoid putting them through that.”