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NM Governor Asks Feds to Stop Horse Slaughterhouse

posted on April 13, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is asking federal officials not to allow a southeastern New Mexico company to open the nation's first slaughterhouse for horses since 2007.

Martinez said Friday she plans to send a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking it not to approve a Roswell meat company's request for inspections that would allow it to operate.

Valley Meat Co. has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its 7,300-square-foot plant outside of town.

Documents obtained by the Humane Society of the United States and Front Range Equine Rescue show that the horses would be "custom slaughtered" and processed for human consumption at the plant.

Valley Meat didn't immediately returns calls from the Associated Press on Friday. USDA officials were not immediately available to comment.

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