N.M. moves to halt first U.S. horse slaughterhouse

By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times

New Mexico’s attorney general has ruled that horse meat is an adulterated product, which animal rights advocates said should halt a slaughterhouse that had applied to become the first in the U.S. to resume horse slaughter for human consumption.

Attorney General Gary King’s decision puts an end to a bid by Valley Meat Company in Roswell, N.M., to become the first horse meat slaughterhouse to operate since 2007, when Congress shut down the practice by banning inspections. Without inspections, the meat couldn’t be processed.

“Our legal analysis concludes that state law does not allow for production of meat that is chemically tainted under federal regulations,” Mr. King said. “New Mexico law is very clear that it would be prohibited and illegal.”

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4 comments

  1. Dennis Davey · ·

    Thankyou Mr. King in reinforcing the fact that drug contaminated meat should never be part of the human food chain, ANYWHERE, not to mention the predatory, barbaric aspects of Horse slaughter.Unfortunately our Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Canada sees no issue with exporting drug contaminated Horse meat for Europeans to consume. The end justifies the means in ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, WHEN MONEY IS INVOLVED with this unethical person.

  2. jean robertson · ·

    Thanks Gary King for making a sound decision. Now if only Canada had some wise men to follow Mr. King’s lead.

  3. Heather · ·

    Let’s see if we can’t get our Canadian government to see how wrong it is to slaughter horses for me here in Canada!!

  4. Anne Streeter · ·

    Excellent news!!! Hopefully this wise decision will be the foot in the door for permanently banning horse slaughter for human consumption!

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