New Mexico Meat Company Sues USDA, HSUS, Others Over Stalled Plan for Horse Slaughterhouse in State | ABC News | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care |

A New Mexico meat company that wants to resume domestic horse slaughter for food is suing the federal government, alleging inaction on its application was driven by emotional political debates and has cost it hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Valley Meat Co. is seeking to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to resume inspections necessary to open what would be the nation's first new horse slaughterhouse in more than five years.

@FranJurga writes: Along with the USDA, Valley Meat is also suing several equine welfare advocacy organizations for defamation. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez originally had vowed to fight the plan for a horse slaughterhouse in her state.

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