New Mexico horse slaughter plant stuck in legal battles
What the article does not mention is that there are no inspectors budgeted which are required to run a horse slaughter plant. This does not mean that at some point Valley Meat could open – we must remain vigilant and get The Safeguard American Foods Export Act (S.541 & HR 1094) passed. Contact your legislator today – click here. ~ HfH
By: Alana Grimstad
ROSWELL, N.M. —Lately, it’s quiet enough to hear crickets in Roswell’s Valley Meat plant. That’s because all of the noise is in the courtroom.
The owner of Valley Meat, Rick De Los Santos, hopes his facility will soon be used to slaughter horses for people around the world to eat. His vision has been controversial with animal rights activists and even the New Mexico attorney general.
“The meat is safe. It’s not going to harm anyone,” said De Los Santos.
There are several ongoing state and federal lawsuits that will determine if and when Valley Meat will be open for business. The federal government cut funding for inspects that are required for such facilities.
Valley Meat is legally fighting to change that.
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