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New Mexico horse slaughter plant put on hold

By Ashlie Rodriguez, Reporter
Published On: Aug 03 2013 09:25:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Jan 15 2014 10:48:20 PM CST

Plans for a horse slaughter plant are put on hold

EL PASO, Texas -

Plans for a horse slaughter plant in New Mexico have been halted.

A U.S. district judge decided to issue a restraining order against the Valley Meat Co. of Roswell after the Humane Society of the United States filed a lawsuit.

The Humane Society said the Department of Agriculture failed to do the proper environmental studies before issuing permits.

Horse meat would be exported for human consumption and as animal food at zoos.

This move stops what would have been the resurgence of horse slaughter for the first time in seven years in the U.S.

Chaves county officials said they were investigating a blaze at Valley Meat Co., which they called "very suspicious," which happened last weekend. 

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