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Fri April 13, 2012
Roswell Firm Applies for Horse Slaughterhouse Permit
The Valley Meat company would slaughter horses for human consumption.
From the Albuquerque Journal:
[D]ocuments obtained by the Colorado-based Front Range Equine Rescue, through a federal Freedom of Information Act request, show Valley Meat Co. general manager Ricardo De Los Santos submitted an application, dated March 1, seeking USDA inspections of the 7,290-square-foot plant on a 10-acre site.
While horse slaughter has not been directly banned in the United States, it effectively has been blocked since 2006 when Congress chose not to provide funds for USDA inspections of horses bound for slaughter.
However, funds for such inspections were put back in place in recently signed agriculture appropriation legislation. The agriculture spending bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama last fall.
More than 100,000 American horses are shipped out of the country to plants in Canada and Mexico for slaughter each year, and their meat is bound for markets in Europe and Asia, according to the Humane Society.