Judge extends restraining order, temporarily blocking opening of NM horse slaughterhouse

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Horse slaughter in Roswell has been stopped! For now at least. ~ HfH

From: Tribtown.com
By: Jeri Clausing AP News

Valley Meat Company, New Mexico

Valley Meat Company, New Mexico

SANTA FE, New Mexico — A Roswell company that has been fighting for two years to restart the slaughter of horses in the U.S. was dealt another setback Friday when a Santa Fe judge extended a temporary ban on its operations.

State District Judge Matthew Wilson put Valley Meat Co.’s planned opening on hold for 10 more days so he can hear testimony Jan. 13 in a lawsuit brought by New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, who is one of several parties trying to block the company in federal and state courts.

King filed the state lawsuit last month after a federal appeals court lifted its order barring the company from opening, saying The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups had failed to show a likelihood of prevailing in their appeal of a lawsuit that was thrown out last year by a federal judge in Albuquerque.

Valley Meat owner Rick De Los Santos, who had been preparing to open after the first of the year, seemed unfazed by the latest delay.

“We’ve been going through this for two years now,” he said outside the courthouse. “We’ll see what happens in 10 days.”

King’s lawsuit alleges the company would violate the state’s food safety, water quality and unfair business practices laws.

Assistant Attorney General Ari Biernoff told the judge the company would be putting horse meat into the food chain without knowing what kind of drugs the animals might have been given in the past. He also argued that the plant would be violating environmental laws because it does not have the proper wastewater discharge permit.

Valley Meat attorney Blair Dunn argued that the state lacks jurisdiction because the meat would not be sold or consumed in the U.S. He told the judge the federal government has sole jurisdiction over meat shipped to international markets. He said the company is working with state environmental officials to ensure its waste is lawfully disposed of.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
4 Comments
  • Do they really think that people abroad will purchase any horse meat from here after all the the happenings like Wal Mart, and all the other scandals that came from the US??????? It is now time to QUIT this Insanity !!!!!!! he should crawl back under the rock he originally crawled out from and stay there !!!!

    January 4, 2014
  • I really believe people should be aware of what they are eating…allot of people don’t..not enough knowledge and we are kept in the dark about what they feed or inject into these animals….I think it is a shame that the people who know this is horse people…Media needs to get involved more into this..and why are taxpayers paying for this……you are right he should crawl back under his rock…

    January 4, 2014
  • As we have been informed , there are only a few great Media people who always check their sources before commenting and get their facts straight !!! They realize these are precious lives we cannot afford to lose under any greed filled circumstances…….The Mustangs are Natures PERFECT BALANCE…………. Their importance is eminent for the survival of all Creatures great and small, ….. !!!!

    January 5, 2014
  • You notice we have the great Jeri Clausing writing this – I’m sure you could tell.

    Does she have a “thing” for Blair Dunn or what?

    January 5, 2014