New Mexico Horse-Meat Production Can Proceed, Judge Rules

Horse-meat production in New Mexico was allowed to proceed by a federal judge who ruled that U.S. Agriculture Department inspections at slaughterhouses can take place without an environmental-impact review.

U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo in Albuquerque, who in August had ordered a temporary halt to the planned start of horse-meat production in the state, today issued a final ruling in the lawsuit brought by environmental and animal rights groups against the federal government.

The Humane Society sued the Agriculture Department for agreeing, without an environmental review, to provide inspectors so that a Roswell, New Mexico, slaughterhouse and one in Iowa could start operations. New Mexico Attorney General Gary King also opposed the resumption of slaughter of horses for human consumption.

The case is Front Range Equine Rescue v. Vilsack, 13-cv-00639, U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico (Albuquerque).

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