Just as a New Mexico slaughterhouse prepares to kill 20 horses, the state has filed a lawsuit that aims to prevent the killings.
Roswell-based Valley Meat Company plans to begin slaughtering horses in the new year thanks to changes in federal rules. It eventually aims to be capable of slaughtering 120 horses a day, with the meat sold as animal feed and to human consumers in Europe and Asia.
The debut slaughter had initially been scheduled for early August but was delayed after the company was targeted by lawsuits and suspected arsonists. A federal appeals court in Colorado last week ruled against environmentalists who had sued to prevent the slaughter of horses in America.
Now New Mexico's Democratic attorney general, an aspiring gubernatorial candidate, is joining in the pile-on. He described such a slaughter as "completely at odds with our traditions and our values as New Mexicans." Here's more about the lawsuit from KOB Eyewitness News 4: