Target: Rick de Los Santos, co-owner of Valley Meat Company
Goal: Demand an apology on behalf of Tim Sappington, a worker who posted a video of himself shooting a horse and swearing at animal rights activists
Tim Sappington, an employee at Roswell, New Mexico’s Valley Meat Company posted a Youtube video of himself shooting a horse in the head with a handgun. He stares into the camera, slowly says ‘To all you animal activists, f**k you,’ and draws his gun. He pets the horse before putting the gun to its head and killing it.
The Sappington family has been receiving threatening phone calls ever since the video was posted, and the Valley Meat Company has been the subject of threats as well, even though it was not involved. The co-owner of Valley Meat Company told NBC News, ‘He shot a horse. That’s what he eats. It’s not against the law to slaughter your own horse.’
The Valley Meat Company has been trying since 2007 to bring back the practice of slaughtering horses, the meat of which they would then send to Mexico. This has been met with outrage by animal rights activists, which might be the reason for Sappington’s video. Whatever the motive, Sappington’s video displayed a brutal act of violence against an animal, and demands not an explanation, but an apology. Demand that Valley Meat Company apologizes on behalf of its employee.
Dear Mr. de Los Santos,
Although Valley Meat Company is not directly responsible for the actions of its employees off of company property, the recent Youtube video posted by Tim Sappington is a different matter. This is the case for a few reasons: Sappington’s actions have had a national audience, and have thus affected the entire nation. He also performed an unusually hateful act, threatening a large group of people while killing another living creature, and he seemed to be motivated by the recent developments with horse slaughter at Valley Meat Company.
Sappington needs to apologize for his actions himself, but if this is not possible, Valley Meat Company is responsible for apologizing for him. The entire country is incensed, and an apology must be made in order to move past this disturbing event. Sappington’s violence may have stemmed from Valley Meat Company’s recent move towards producing horse meat, but even if this is not the case, an apology must be made. A horrifying video cannot be published without consequences, especially when that video features cruel, threatening language and the killing of an animal. This act of brutality will not be forgotten until an apology has been made so the country can move past this horror.
[Your Name Here]
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