New Mexico public meeting to address horse slaughter permit

Chaves County Courthouse

By Elizabeth Reed

ROSWELL — The public can soon weigh in on whether or not the state should give a horse slaughterhouse a permit it needs to open.

New Mexico Horse Slaughter Valley Meat Company tried to open the slaughterhouse in Chaves County last month, but a district court judge in Albuquerque granted a temporary injunction to stop the plant from opening.

While the legal battle continues, Valley Meat is still trying to obtain a groundwater discharge permit.

The environment department will hold a public hearing on the permit at the Chaves County Courthouse on Tuesday, October 22 at 5 p.m. The courthouse is located at 400 N. Virginia Avenue in Roswell.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Diane Symons

    We the people of America do not eat Horses. Therefore we do not want any businesses killing Horses for other countries on American soil. We know the danger in eating meat with drugs that are dangerous to humans. We do not want to be involved shipping tainted meat to me that is terrorism knowing horse meat contains drugs. Plus it inhumane. Valley meat was closed from killing cattle because of abuse and inhumane

    September 16, 2013
  • judye michaels

    I believe he was turned down for a discharge permit because of a previous felony… now it seems he wants to proceed so they’re letting him have a public hearing… What’s next? Will America let child abusers work in schools?

    September 16, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    we must make this stop!!!!!!

    September 16, 2013
  • Victoria Richter

    I am against our American horses being brutely killed and slaughtered in this country and against our American horses being shipped to Mexico amd Canada to be tortured and killed for slaughter & so are 80% of the American population. There are countries who eat dogs and cats and we don’t kill our American dogs and cats here to be slaughtered for human consumption in Europe and Asia. Our horse are given multiple shots,dewormers, and pain meds annually that were never meant for human consumption.

    September 16, 2013
  • Michelle Rhodes

    Oppose horse slaughter. Someone who truly loves horses find better solutions than slaughter.

    September 17, 2013
  • Judy Wendt

    I hope a lot of the good citizens of Chaves County, New Mexico attend and voice their concerns – humane, environmental, safety, etc., against this abomination. They can stop it. The mayor and city council of Hermiston, OR (home of D. Duquette) had to be educated about slaughter, then they vehemently opposed it. New Mexicans can unite against this.

    September 17, 2013
  • K. Mabry

    Kudos to all that are attempting to stop this barbaric practice in the United States of America. How dare we lower our standards to those of China and other Asian countries that also eat dogs, use forced slave labor and are notorious for human rights violations. What can we, as civilized citizens do to stop this cruelty permanently?

    Thank you,
    K. Mabry

    September 22, 2013