An attorney for Valley Meat Company in Roswell, New Mexico told Bloomberg that the plant could be slaughtering horses in three weeks. A. Blair Dunn said that the facility would ultimately have around 100 employees and could process as many as 100 horses per day.
Valley Meat Company is one of several processors that recently applied to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to resume inspections that would allow them to slaughter horses. Inspections of horse slaughter plants were defunded in 2007, but that measure lapsed in 2011.
The USDA declined comment on the case Friday but had stated earlier this month that if the facility meets the necessary technical requirements and inspectors have been trained it will “legally have no choice but to go forward with inspections”.
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