Valley Meat Co. sits at a bend on a quiet road surrounded by farm and ranchland near Roswell. The picturesque location is serene as most New Mexico wide-open spaces.
But outside the gates that contain a metal building and empty wooden livestock stalls waits an unforgiving and sometimes brutal opposition to owner Rick De Los Santos’ plans to begin operating as the U.S.’s first horse slaughterhouse in five years.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector walked the facility with De Los Santos Tuesday, assuring him that the plant was in compliance.
The inspection ended a yearlong wait and paved the way for a possible opening within the next Login to read more