New Mexico: Judge Halts Planned Jan. 1 Opening of Horse Slaughterhouse
A district judge in New Mexico has issued a temporary restraining order which prevents a planned horse slaughterhouse from opening this week before a hearing that is scheduled for Jan. 3.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Judge Matthew Wilson issued the order Monday, stating that Valley Meat Co. must “show cause for why the temporary restraining order should not be extended or a preliminary injunction issued.”
Valley Meat Co., a former beef slaughterhouse in Roswell, N.M., has converted its operations over in order to process horses, and had planned on opening Jan. 1. The facility has drawn fire for its plans to process horses, and several legal attempts have been made to prevent the plant from opening.
New Mexico State Attorney General Gary King filed a lawsuit against the plant earlier this month, saying that the company “has chronically failed to comply with state environmental and safety laws over the years.”
Blair Dunn, the attorney for Valley Meat Co., is confident the restraining order will be dismissed, telling the Journal, “Judge Wilson has only seen their side of the story so far. I expect that when this judge gets all the facts put in front of him, he will dismiss this one, too.”
Read more in the Albuquerque Journal