Monday, August 11, 2014

N.M. horse slaughterhouse project is officially dead

The owner of a proposed horse slaughterhouse in New Mexico said his four-year battle to open the packing plant for export horsemeat is over, Emily Younger reports for KRQE in Albuquerque. On Thursday the lawyer for Valley Meat "submitted a letter to the New Mexico Environmental Department withdrawing the plant’s application for a ground water discharge permit. The permit, which would allow the plant to discharge animal waste, is a must for the plant to operate."

A New Mexico judge repeatedly extended a restraining order against the business, in response to a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Gary King. The Senate Appropriations Committee's agriculture appropriations bill includes an amendment prohibiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture from inspecting horse slaughterhouses, which would block production and exports. (Read more)

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