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Horse Slaughter Plant Update

 

 

September 2013 issue  

 

      A federal judge issued a restraining order in early August 2013, temporarily banning two U.S. companies from slaughtering horses.

      One company in Iowa , under financial pressure caused by delays, has decided to drop plans to slaughter horses and is going to focus instead on cattle.

      The second company, Valley Meat Company, in Roswell , New Mexico , is determined to go on with horse slaughter plans in spite of New Mexico ’s Attorney General Gary King’s opinion in June 2013, that veterinary drugs are too commonly administered to horses not to view their meat as adulterated under state law. He ruled that horsemeat would be unfit for human consumption.

      Additional problems have plagued Valley Meat Company, owner of the Roswell plant. In August 2012, the state fined the company $86,400 for improper disposal of composted cattle remains at its closed plant. In March 2013, the only employee of the plant filmed and posted a video online of himself as he led a young docile horse from a paddock, swore into the camera at animal activists, pulled out a handgun, shot the horse in the head and left it to die as he walked away. In July 2013, a suspicious fire damaged part of the facility and a generator.

      Valley Meat Company owner Rick De Los Santos states that he remains determined to reopen the plant as a horse slaughter facility.

      Read previous articles on horse slaughter at www.rockymountainrider.com.

 

      

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