Judge mulls horse slaughter court case

-A A +A
By Associated Press

SANTA FE (AP) — A Roswell company that has been fighting for two years to open a horse slaughterhouse is back in court Friday.
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is trying to block Valley Meat Co.’s planned opening this month with a lawsuit alleging it would violate the state’s food safety, water quality and unfair business practices laws.
State District Judge Matthew Wilson in Santa Fe on Monday issued a temporary order preventing the company from opening before the Friday afternoon hearing.
Valley Meat attorney Blair Dunn has filed a motion arguing the state lacks jurisdiction and is using the case to bolster his bid for governor.
Valley Meat Co. owner Rick De Los Santos has been preparing to open in the next two weeks after a federal judge threw out a lawsuit by animal protection groups and a federal appellate court lifted a stay on operations pending the group’s appeal.
De Los Santos has led the effort to force the Department of Agriculture to permit the plants since Congress lifted a ban on horse slaughter in 2011, sparking a national debate on whether horses are livestock or companion animals.
Animal protection groups have thrown their support behind King.
Proponents argue it is better to slaughter unwanted horses domestically than have them shipped to Mexico.

If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:

Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday