Petition Closed

Remove B.J. Winchester as Inspector for the State Livestock Board

On the 10th day of March, 2012, two members of the animal advocacy group Animals Angels discovered four downed horses in the pens of the Southwest Livestock Auction in Los Lunas, New Mexico. From the condition of the horses, it was readily apparent they had been in a state of neglect and suffering for an extended period of time. Open bleeding wounds were visible on one, and all were too emaciated and weak to stand. Upon reporting this horror to state inspector B. J. Winchester, the advocates were met with resistance and informed that no action would be taken as the auction owner, Dennis Chavez, was currently in the middle of conducting a sale. The inspector's response to the pleas of the advocates not only conveyed his soulless lack of empathy, but also denied the very sentience of the creatures lying in misery just mere yards away. In addition, his reluctance to provide a humane euthanasia, or any action whatsoever directly ignored the policies of the New Mexico Livestock Board, the regulating authority governing the abuse and neglect of livestock. In dismissing even the most elemental comforts of the moribund horses, Winchester also dismissed the "procedures for the care of abandoned and neglected horses" established and implemented in the state of New Mexico.

Inspector Winchester was reprimanded for his unprofessional treatment and put on leave. Soon after, however, State Livestock Board Executive Director Myles Culbertson allowed Inspector Winchester to return to his job - despite his glaring dereliction of duties! In light of his gross insensitivity and unprofessional manner and conduct, we respectfully request that B. J. Winchester be removed from his job of inspector immediately.

This petition was delivered to:
  • The Governor of New Mexico,Susana Martinez


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