Horse slaughterhouse notifies New Mexico AG of intent to sue for slander

Gary King New Mexico Attorney General

Valley Meat Co owners feel ganged up on due to public pressure against horse slaughter. Now they want restitution in the form of a lawsuit against New Mexico’s Attorney General Gary King. May Valley Meat’s lawsuit get tossed out for the frivolous act it obviously is. ~ HfH

From: The Republic
By: Jeri Clausing

Blair Dunn

Blair Dunn, attorney for Valley Meat Co of Roswell, NM

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The owners of a Roswell company mired in legal disputes over its attempts to resume domestic horse slaughter have notified New Mexico Attorney General Gary King they intend to sue his office for slander, harassment, conspiracy and abuse of process.

Valley Meat Co. attorney Blair Dunn Monday sent letters to the state risk management division, giving the required 30-day notice of its planned legal filing.

King has filed a lawsuit that has blocked Valley’s planned opening this month, alleging the horse slaughter plant would violate state environmental and food safety laws.

Dunn contends the state lacks jurisdiction over the federally regulated plant.

A federal lawsuit brought by animal protection lawsuits was thrown out last year, and is currently on appeal. After the appellate court last month lifted an order blocking Valley and a plant in Missouri from opening, citing the plaintiffs’ inability to show a likelihood to prevail, King filed the state suit. A Santa Fe judge has issued another temporary order putting the business on hold until a hearing next week.

Dunn says King is conspiring with the animal protection groups, the Humane Society of the United States and Front Range Equine Rescue, to block a lawful business with a frivolous lawsuit to further his gubernatorial bid.

“They are trying to drive Valley out of business,” Dunn said. “They don’t agree with the lawful business so instead of changing the law they decided they will try to destroy Valley. HSUS and Front Range have stated their goal is to drive Valley out of business.”

Dunn has also accused King’s spokesman, Phil Sisneros, of making defamatory statements about him and questioning his legal capabilities.

Sisneros did not immediately respond to calls and emails seeking comment.

Valley Meat and companies in Missouri and Iowa last year won federal permits to become the first horse slaughterhouses to operate since Congress effectively banned the practice by cutting funding for inspections at plants in 2006. The last of the domestic plants closed in 2007. Congress in 2011 reinstated the funding.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
6 Comments
  • Hmmm, sounds like we need to get a petition going to NM AG King with signatures from ALL OVER THE COUNTRY that support his decision! Who is good at creating petitions? I will sign any and all created for that purpose!

    January 6, 2014
  • Laura Ousley

    What’s next on the menu? Dogs and cats?

    January 6, 2014
  • elizabeth dana

    Conspiracy Theory ? Wow what a bald faced lie and an embarrassment to everyone who ever passed the Bar and raised it!

    January 6, 2014
  • Barb Hughs

    He is obviously disturbed and I would recommend a Pyche review….What he does isjust this side of human trafficing…

    January 6, 2014
  • Daniel Cordero

    This erratical behaviour (now we open, now we don’t, now I go to the teacher because you said something about me) leads me to believe there’s a rat hidden in Valley Meats freezers. Perhaps the assumption I had in the past the whole operation was nothing but a big racket isn’t all that far from truth…

    January 7, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    Now this is good!!! I see they are worried yea!! there startin to throw stones yes tht means they are nervous & yes we do want to put valley meats out of business because of his past cases against him he obviously needs to find a job tht he knows what he is doing & this isnt a business it’s a torture chamber & last i heard that is not to legal in america Hurrah for “KING” you go baby dont slow down full speed ahead~~~~~~

    January 7, 2014