Spencer, IA: (Dec. 20, 2013) – New Mexico’s top prosecutor has filed a lawsuit in state district court in an attempt to block a planned horse slaughter plant from opening in less than two weeks.
The move by Mew Mexico Attorney General Gary King comes after a federal appeals court rolled back a court order that had kept Valley Meat Company from starting operations earlier this fall. Owner Rick Los Santos has been making plans to open January 1st, and his attorney said this week that those plans haven’t changed.
Attorney Blair Dunn called King’s lawsuit frivolous and a waste of taxpayer money. King defended the lawsuit, saying Valley Meat stands to violate state laws related to food safety, water quality and unfair business practices.
The legal drama in New Mexico is closely watched because Valley Meat and proposed horse slaughter plants in Iowa and Missouri have been the targets of animal welfare groups trying to block the slaughter of horses.