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Slaughterhouse Sues New Mexico Officials for Slander

Valley Meat Company, the business that has been fighting to begin slaughtering horses in New Mexico, announced this week that it will sue New Mexico Attorney General Gary King for slander, harassment, conspiracy, and abuse of process. Blair Dunn, attorney for the company, submitted letters to the state’s risk management department citing his intentions. Dunn […]

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Two Years Later, Judge Rules in Favor of Slaugherhouses

After a lengthy legal battle, a federal judge cleared the way for horse slaughter to resume in the United States with a ruling on Friday. U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo threw out a lawsuit brought by The Humane Society of the United States and a group of other animal rights groups, which had sued the […]

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Officials Investigating ‘Suspicious’ Fire at NM Processing Facility

Officials in Roswell, New Mexico, are investigating a fire at the Valley Meat Co., a cattle processing plant that is planning to convert into a horse slaughterhouse. According to Albuquerque Journal, the fire, which occurred July 27, damaged part of the exterior of the plant along with a refrigeration unit, appeared to have been deliberately […]

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New Mexico: Proponents of Slaughterhouse Accuse USDA of ‘IRS Tactics’

Officials associated with a New Mexico company’s plans to convert a current cattle slaughterhouse into one that can also process horses are accusing the U.S. Department of Agriculture of ‘changing the rules’ in its attempt to keep the conversion from happening. According to a report by NPR, Blair Dunn, who represents Valley Meat Co. of […]

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UPDATED: Slaughterhouse Worker Shoots Horse in Video To Spite ‘Animal Activists’

Investigations continue in Chaves County, New Mexico after a viral video surfaced of a longtime Valley Meat Company worker fatally shooting a horse. Officials with the New Mexico Livestock Board executed a search warrant on the home of Tim Sappington, the man in the video, as law enforcement tries to determine whether the act qualifies […]

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Attorney: Horse Slaughter Plant Ready To Go in Three Weeks

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 […]

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Federal Lawmakers Seek to Ban Horse Export for Processing

Federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have pulled together to draft a bill banning export of horses for slaughter in Mexico and Canada, as well as the sale of horsemeat derived from domestic horses to international vendors. The bills were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Patrick Meehan (Pa.) and Jan […]

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NM: Panel approves feasibility study for possible horse slaughterhouse

A New Mexico legislative committee has given its approval for a study to determine the feasibility of locating a slaughterhouse in the state that would be specifically used for processing horse meat. According to a report at the, the Agriculture and Water Resources Committee voted unanimously on Jan. 30 to recommend that the New […]

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Would-be New Mexico slaughterhouse under fire for environmental issues

A New Mexico company that is seeking to open the nation’s first slaughterhouse for horses since 2007 should face fines for the violation of laws on waste disposal according to a Colorado-based horse advocacy group. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico Environment Department received a letter this week from Front Range Equine Rescue […]

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