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New Mexico horse slaughterhouse heads back into court on Jan. 3

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In New Mexico the countdown is once again in the works to open a horse slaughterhouse. The clock has been ticking in this particular round in the epic battle to begin domestic horse killing and to do it legally. The ticker is set for Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Already a number of doomed horses are waiting on the sidelines while their fate and that of countless other horses is being discussed.

This battle has raged among horsemen and the general public, in the legislature, in the media and around the country. The court hearing on Jan. 3 will consider the latest round in the effort to stop Valley Meat from starting up domestic horse slaughter.

New Mexico District Judge Matthew Wilson will hold court on the recently-filed lawsuit of Attorney General Gary King, also of New Mexico. The lawsuit seeks to prohibit Valley Meat from going into the horse slaughter business in the immediate future. According to King as stated in the formal lawsuit, “Valley Meat stands to violate state laws related to food safety, water quality and unfair business practices.”

Attorney Blair Dunn, on behalf of Valley Meat, calls the King lawsuit frivolous. He purports that it is merely another legal challenge to the horse slaughterhouse to prohibit its opening. Valley Meat has tried for almost two years to become operational and to slaughter horses.

Both Valley Meat and Rains Natural Foods have been granted permits to become the first domestic horse slaughterhouses by the Department of Agriculture.

No horses have been legally butchered in the United States and certainly not for human consumption since 2007. Moreover, horses cannot be killed domestically for human consumption going forward either – meat products from the horse slaughterhouses fighting so hard to become the first to butcher horses domestically can only be shipped out of the United States.

The greater U.S. public does not want horse slaughter in the nation - Much depends on Friday’s court battle.

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