Horse Slaughter Plants Set to Open
July 19, 2013

The attorney representing newly licensed horse slaughter plants in Iowa and New Mexico says the plants are set to open Aug. 5.  
 
But according to a report in the Sioux City Journal, those plans hinge on an Aug. 2 court date before a federal judge in New Mexico overseeing a lawsuit by animal rights groups. The Humane Society of the United States and others filed the suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging it failed to conduct the proper environmental reviews before issuing permits for Valley Meat of Roswell, N.M., and Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa. 
 
The judge will decide whether to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the plants from opening. They would be the first horse slaughterhouses to operate domestically since 2007. Reprinted from Brownfield Ag News