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Judge puts hold on Valley Meat

August 2, 2013 • Local News

ALBUQUERQUE—A federal judge ruled Friday in favor of animal activists to halt U.S. horse meat slaughter until the USDA completes further environmental analysis.

“The injunction is in place as of this moment,” said Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo Friday afternoon.

Valley Meat near Roswell will not open Monday, as planned.

Armijo set a bond hearing Monday for all parties, including attorneys for the plant in Sigourney, Iowa, the Yakama Nation in Washington, and the plaintiffs.

Valley Meat’s attorney, A. Blair Dunn said he will seek $10 million for the Roswell plant and the plant in Missouri he represents from the plaintiffs to cover financial impacts caused to the companies by the delay.

“It’s what I expected,” Dunn said, following Armijo’s judgment. “(The ruling) is just not supported. We’re going to Login to read more

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