NM’s Attorney General’s Horse Case is Slow Off The Line

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It looks like NM Atty Gen Gary King’s lawsuit will fail to stop New Mexico’s Valley Meat Co. plant from slaughtering horses come January 1st. Mid-January is long time to wait for the House and Senate’s agriculture appropriations bills to stop this insanity. ~ HfH

From: Food Safety News
By: Dan Flynn

Valley Meat Company, New Mexico

Valley Meat Company, New Mexico

A year-end attempt by New Mexico Attorney General Gary King to prevent a Roswell slaughterhouse from processing USDA-inspected horsemeat for export has apparently failed. It means a New Mexico business could be still be slaughtering horses as early as Jan. 1.

King, who is also running for Governor, held a Dec. 19 news conference to announce he was seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent Valley Meat Co. in Roswell “from killing and butchering horses for food.” But a week later, on Dec. 26, New Mexico court records show the only real action that has occurred in the case is to assign it to a different judge.

King filed the 25-page civil lawsuit on behalf of the State of New Mexico with the First Judicial District in Santa Fe, where it was assigned to Judge Raymond Z. Ortiz. A preemptory challenge was filed against Ortiz and he was officially removed from the case on Dec. 23, replaced by the First District’s newly named family law judge, Matthew Wilson.

Wilson, 44, was just named to the state bench in October by Gov. Susana Martinez. The Republican governor named the former domestic relations hearings officer to the bench primarily to handle the district’s family law docket.

Since his appointment, however, other civil cases outside the family law docket have been assigned to his court. Wilson is a registered Democrat. His schedule for the rest of the year shows only some domestic violence and family law cases.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
6 Comments
  • Margaret

    How can that meat go anywhere? It has to be inspected and there are no inspectors. They have to be trained and that takes weeks. Are they going to “process” the horses and then just leave it to rot? That doesn’t make any business sense.

    What a freaking waste of money this company is. He couldn’t get it right with cattle so now he’s really going to screw everyone with toxic runoff. Sure wish all that runoff would just pollute his home and no one else. That would be Karma.

    December 27, 2013
  • I really would like to know how the government can find the money to pay these inspectors….why should the tax payers pay for something we don’t believe in….this is BS…..nothing but blood money…..

    December 28, 2013
  • Is New Mexico going to let De Los Santos open without a waste water permit after all this? I certainly do NOT take Blair Dunn’s word for it!

    December 28, 2013
  • Is there no way to stop this madness? petitions, comments and we are completely ignored. The majority of Americans do not want horse meat on the dinner table.

    December 28, 2013
  • terri russell

    if King CanT stop Him, the FeDs Damned Well Better. Dammit, We Don’t Want To.Pay Fir This And We Shouldn’t Have To.

    December 29, 2013
  • Hannah

    This story is a little premature. Yesterday (Monday) the State Judge issued a TRO and a hearing will be held on Friday, January 3rd. Valley Meats in Roswell must show cause as to why the TRO should be lifted. Gary King has a great chance of winning this because he is fighting for
    New Mexican citizens- the healthy and safety of water supply, etc. So, no slaughter and likely not so although the Congress and Senate need to get it together and do what the American people want- pass legislation and stop slaughter!

    December 31, 2013