Horse slaughter plants prepare to open

December 16, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After months of legal wrangling and false starts in a more than two-year battle to resume domestic horse slaughter, plants in New Mexico and Missouri were working Monday to begin processing equine for human consumption.

The efforts come on the heels of an order late Friday by a federal appeals court that lifted an emergency stay on the companies’ plans.

“They are pushing full steam ahead to be ready to go as soon as possible,” said Blair Dunn, an Albuquerque attorney who represents Valley Meat Co. of Roswell and Rains Natural Meats of Gallatin, Mo.

Rains Natural Meats, he said, even had horses on sLogin to read more

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