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New Mexico horse slaughter plant opening blocked again by restraining order

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A court hearing has been scheduled for Friday after State District Judge Matthew Wilson granted a temporary restraining order barring the opening of Valley Meat Co., a horse slaughter plant in Albuquerque, N.M. which had planned to open on January 1 reported

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King filed a lawsuit citing food safety issues, water quality issues, and unfair business practices. Front Range Equine Rescue, a nonprofit fighting horse slaughter stated:

"We are happy to announce that the New Mexico Attorney General’s office has just obtained a temporary restraining order to prevent Valley Meat from starting to slaughter horses until after a hearing on the Attorney General’s lawsuit, currently scheduled for this Friday. We applaud the Attorney General’s swift action in securing this injunction and wish their office further success on Friday."

Blair Dunn, the attorney for Rick DeLos Santo's Valley Meat Co., is challenging Judge Wilson's decision, and calls the plaintiff's case frivolous.

Horse meat is not sold in the United States. Valley Meat Co. will be shipping horse meat to other countries for human consumption. The last horse slaughter plant in the United States closed in 2007. In 2011, federal funding for horse slaughter house inspectors was reinstated; since then the controversy over horse slaughter in the US has continued to escalate with humane organizations fighting to keep the plants closed.

Over 80% of the American public are opposed to horse slaughter.

Two weeks ago, the 10th United States Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver removed the temporary ban on domestic horse slaughter. Read the complete story by clicking here.

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