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Legal Settlement In New Mexico Will Prevent Horse Slaughter Plant

A state district judge in New Mexico signed the order that finalizes a settlement preventing horse slaughter on Friday, according to the Associated Press. The settlement was reached between the state attorney general’s office, animal advocates, Valley Meat Co. and other related businesses. Bruce Wagman, attorney for Front Range Equine Rescue, said that the order […]

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New Mexico: Judge Refuses To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Horse Slaughterhouse

A judge in New Mexico refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed in 2013 by the Attorney General’s Office against a company that wanted to open a horse slaughterhouse, rejecting an argument that the lawsuit is no longer relevant. The Albuquerque Journal reports that State District Judge Francis Mathew also expanded a previously issued preliminary injunction to prevent […]

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New Mexico: Plans to Open Roswell Horse Slaughterhouse May Be Finished

Following an extended legal battle, Blair Dunn, the attorney for the Valley Meats slaughter plant in Roswell, New Mexico, today submitted a letter to the state Environmental Department withdrawing the plant’s application for a permit to operate a waste water discharge lagoon. The action would appear to mark the end of plans to reopen the […]

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New Mexico Supreme Court Denies Horse Slaughter Plant’s Latest Motion to Remove Judge

The New Mexico Supreme Court denied Valley Meat Co.’s latest motion to have First District Judge Matthew Wilson removed from the company’s lawsuit involving the proposed horse slaughter plant in Roswell. According to the Albuquerque Journal, attorneys representing the company filed a lawsuit against Wilson, and were seeking certain records under the Inspection of Public […]

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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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Delays Continue For New Mexico Slaughterhouse

A judge in Santa Fe, N.M. has extended the temporary restraining order that halts the opening of Valley Meat Company, according to an Associated Press report. State District Judge Matthew Wilson heard arguments from the company and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King on Friday, and elected to extend the restraining order 10 days. A […]

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New Mexico Attorney General Sues to Halt Horse Slaughter

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King filed suit on Thursday to block the anticipated opening of a horse slaughter plant in the state in less than two weeks. The move concerns both the principle of slaughtering horses as well as concerns about food safety and impact of the business on water quality. Attorney Blair Dunn […]

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Despite Threats, New Mexico Horse Slaughterhouse Set to Open Jan. 1

Owner Rick De Los Santos has targeted Jan. 1 as the day Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., will begin processing horses for slaughter, despite having received numerous threats. In an interview with news channel KOB4, De Los Santos said that he has hired 15 employees, and currently has 20 horses from Nevada scheduled to […]

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Appeals Court Overturns Ban on Horse Slaughter

On Friday, the 10th U.S. District Court of Appeals in Denver lifted an emergency injunction that had been in place since November that prevented slaughterhouses in country from processing horses. According to an article in USA Today, the temporary ban had been in place after animal protection groups successfully appealed an earlier ruling by a […]

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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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