Judge orders bond in NM slaughterhouse case


Watchdog.com / By Rob Nikolewski  /   August 8, 2013  

images1ALBUQUERQUE – The long-running arguments over opening the first horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. in seven years took another turn Thursday.

A U.S. magistrate judge ordered theHumane Society of the United Statesand other animal rights advocates to post, for one month, a bond of $435,600 to two companies prepared to open horsemeat packing facilities.

“We’re happy with what the judge ruled,” Blair Dunn, the attorney for Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., told New Mexico Watchdog. “My clients are suffering economic damage.”

The bond will cover expenses and lost profits for owners of the Valley Meat and Responsible Transportation of Sigourney, Iowa, should the companies eventually win in court.

On Aug. 2, a U.S. District Court judge granted a temporary restraining order that blocked the two facilities from opening this week. The judge agreed with attorneys for the Humane Society, Front Range Equine Rescue and other plaintiffs that the horse processing facilities could pose an environmental risk.

In response, the respective lawyers called for $10 million in bonds for a period of six months. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Hayes Scott ruled Thursday the one-month, $435,600 bond was appropriate, considering that within 30 days U.S. District Court Judge M. Christina Armijo will preside over another hearing on whether to grant the Humane Society and other opponents a preliminary injunction.

“The bond requires the plaintiffs to put their money where their mouth is,” Pat Rogers, attorney for Responsible Transportation, told the Associated Press. “There are real-life consequences to these actions and we’re appreciative of the judge recognizing that.”

The horse slaughterhouses have divided conservationists, politicians of both major parties and American Indian tribes in New Mexico. Supporters and critics beyond the state’s borders are watching closely. Continued… Read more at Watchdog.com


AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Debbie Tracy

    I am not sure if this is a reasonable amount of money or not??? Seems awful HIGH??? Anything now that has come out of Dunn’s mouth NOW is about money, ha isn’t that funny, my goodness what happened about all the poor horses they were going to help, I mean that is in question to if they can’t start, right???? What a joke…I still fall back to the EU Reg’s WHERE are they going to sell this meat??? No one has answered that question??? HOW on earth has this gotten so far??? WE ALL will win this fight, the documentation against horse slaughter is huge…..

    August 9, 2013
  • Judy Wendt

    HSUS et al cannot lose. The environmental damage done to Kaufman, TX by horse slaughter was so extreme and well documented, along with the massive air, ground water, soil pollution already from animal slaughter, that not allowing horse slaughter should be a slam dunk. If, by chance, the good guys lose, then corruption wins. Is that the kind of America we want?????

    August 9, 2013
  • Robyn

    To even hear Dunn’s talking EGO is a GAG..

    Poor Valley Meats economic hardship??
    Really? Who’s buying that? Rick your a FELON
    and legally shouldn’t ever be running a business in the US.

    August 9, 2013
    • Judy Wendt

      Absolutely Robyn. Normally when someone is making a business plan for their investors or for a bank loan, they research all the legalities, and determine if there is a market for their “product.” Obviously the environmental issues were not cleared by an impact study so proper procedure was by passed. Also with the EU soon closing their doors to toxic horse meat exported from America, and that (most, thinking) Americans will not touch the stuff, reputable investment firms would not lose their clients money on such a speculative venture. Add to that all the ethical turmoil surrounding the practice of horse slaughter and no responsible investor would touch this.

      Now after a very bad business decision by these slaughter opportunists, you have a shisty lawyer trying get third parties to pay for the loss – IF they win the injunction, which I am confident the slaughterers will not.

      August 9, 2013
      • LNorman

        EU already does not accept horse flesh from America as there is no equine “passport” system in place.

        August 12, 2013
          • Robyn

            Jerry I like the fact you engage with people and will correct misinformation from others.

            I appreciate your moderating people’s
            comments too.

            Makes me want to stop by more often…..

            Thank you

            August 12, 2013
          • Judy Wendt

            I appreciate the corrections, too. I certainly don’t know it all. I come here to learn and do some venting sometimes.

            Forgot to mention that with both houses in U.S. congress agreeing to not fund horse slaughter inspections in the 2013 budget, it does not make sense that any plant would try to push forward. As soon as our government begins to work for the people again and passes this budget, slaughter investors will lose $$$. Bad business decisions makers are responsible for their own bad debts – not the taxpayers, not animal donors, and certainly not the horses!

            August 13, 2013
    • Sheila

      All people involved in the horse slaughter business are felons. Have first hand experience since my horse was once stolen back in 1990 and shipped by a killer all the way to Great Western Meat Company, Morton Tx. Horse slaughter needs to be banned forever.

      August 21, 2013
      • Robyn

        According to the law felons aren’t allowed to get an application approvals for slaughter?

        August 21, 2013
  • Janet Ferguson

    Didn’t this website indicate that the funding for inspections will cease to be in September 2013? By then won’t this all be “moot?”

    August 9, 2013