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USA Beef earns permit that stymied horse slaughter in NM

Legal horse slaughter in the U.S. made its last stand at 3845 Cedarvale Road, six miles southeast of Roswell, NM. USA Beef Packing has returned to the once-controversial location to open the state’s only beef-packing plant. The opening came with a ribbon-cutting and a warm embrace from New Mexico  Gov. Susana Martinez. John Mulcahy, president… Continue Reading

Another search for elusive answers in Roswell, NM

The West is full of monuments from Tucson to Mountain Meadows of famous shoot-outs and massacres that usually brought nothing more that pyrrhic victories for one side. On that basis, it’s time to erect another of those roadside plaques at the site of the former Valley Meat Co. outside of Roswell, NM. It’s the location… Continue Reading

New Mexico Judge to Decide Friday Whether to Continue TRO on Horse Slaughter

After day-long testimony very similar to last October’s hearing examiner proceedings for a state ground water discharge permit, a state judge said Monday that he would issue an order Friday on whether to lift a temporary restraining order and allow Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, NM, to start slaughtering horses. Meanwhile, New Mexico State District… Continue Reading

NM Attorney General’s Horse Case is Slow Off The Line

A year-end attempt by New Mexico Attorney General Gary King to quickly prevent a Roswell slaughterhouse from processing USDA-inspected horsemeat for export has apparently failed. It means a New Mexico business could be still be slaughtering horses as early as Jan. 1. King, a Democrat who is also running for governor, held a Dec. 19… Continue Reading

Third Horse-Slaughter Company Added to Restraining Order

Rains Natural Meats in Gallatin, MO, was to have begun processing horsemeat for export today, but instead finds itself added to a temporary restraining order issued by a federal judge in New Mexico. This means USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) must “suspend or withhold the provision of horse meat inspection services to Rains… Continue Reading

Hearing to Stop Horse Slaughter to Cost Plaintiffs Almost $500,000

Animal welfare plaintiffs challenging in federal court USDA’s inspection of two horsemeat packing businesses will have to post a bond of almost $500,000 to have their case proceed in the short term. A federal magistrate in Albuquerque set the amount on Thursday after hearing from the parties in the case, including Valley Meat Co. in… Continue Reading

USDA Approves New Mexico Horse Slaughter Plant

Funding for inspection looking unlikely

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday granted permission for a former New Mexico beef slaughterhouse to convert its facility into one meant to slaughter horses, the Associated Press reported. Despite the permit, however, plant operations won’t begin until the federal government allows inspection, a move that is currently up in the air. Valley Meat Co…. Continue Reading

USDA-Inspected Horse Slaughter: About to Start in NM?

USDA officials had no issues leaving behind a recommendation for an immediate grant of inspection from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) after visiting Valley Meat Co., located near Roswell, NM Tuesday, its attorney says. If true, this would mean Valley Meat Co. would be the first USDA-inspected horse slaughterhouse to commence operation since… Continue Reading