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Horse Slaughter Plants Hope To Open In August

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Valley Meat Co. owner Rick De Los Santos stands in a corral area outside the former cattle slaughterhouse he has converted to a horse slaughter facility in Roswell, N.M. (AP Photo) Valley Meat Co. owner Rick De Los Santos stands in a corral area outside the former cattle slaughterhouse he has converted to a horse slaughter facility in Roswell, N.M. (AP Photo)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The attorney representing newly licensed horse slaughterhouses in New Mexico and Iowa said the plants are set to open Aug. 5.

However, lawyer Blair Dunn said those plans hinge on an Aug. 2 court date before a federal judge in New Mexico overseeing a lawsuit by animal protection groups.

The Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue of Larkspur, Colo., and others filed the suit against the Department of Agriculture, alleging it failed to conduct the proper environmental reviews before issuing permits for Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., and Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa.

Dunn said the judge will decide whether to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the plants from opening. They would be the first horse slaughterhouse to operate domestically since 2007.

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