A lawyer for Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., says that the plant is only three weeks away from becoming the only U.S. plant to slaughter horses and the first since 2007.
““We’re getting ready to go,” A. Blair Dunn, attorney for Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, New Mexico, told Bloomberg News Friday. The plant may eventually process as many as 100 horses a day for export, he said.
The company is one of several that have applied to the USDA to slaughter horses, reports the Washington Times. The Department has encouraged lawmakers to reinstate the ban on funding inspectors for horse slaughtering, and several Congressmen have sponsored legislation that would ban horse meat processing in the U.S. and prohibit taking horses outside the country for slaughter.
Sources: Bloomberg, Washington Times