Federal judge clears the way for horse slaughterhouses in US

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Updated: 11/01/2013 6:06 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A federal judge in Albuquerque has cleared the way for horse slaughterhouses to begin operating in the U.S. again.

U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo on Friday threw out a lawsuit by The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups. They alleged that the Department of Agriculture failed to conduct proper environmental studies when it issued permits to Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., and an Iowa company to slaughter horses for human consumption.

The decision ends, for now, a two-year battle by Valley Meat to open the horse slaughterhouse.

The Iowa company converted to cattle because of the court fight. But attorneys say Valley and a third company in Missouri are poised to open as soon as next week.

The companies want to ship horse meat to countries where it is consumed by humans or used as animal feed.
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dlubawy - 11/1/2013 11:13 PM
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They are going to slaughter horses that they buy from auctions. A lot of these have been someone's pet.. This is disgusting... Next, they'll be slaughtering dogs for food... Shame on the Judge... Shame on the Company that's going to kill them..

angeloschild - 11/1/2013 6:48 PM
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I have a friend from Europe, and they eat horsemeat there, but I think many of us here think of them as almost human. I am horrified at the thought of using them for food. It almost seems like cannibalism. The horses were here before humans. We encroached on them. They shouldn't be killed.

justiceforall - 11/1/2013 6:10 PM
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This is just WRONG! That judge needs to be removed from her position of authority!!

farmerwoman79 - 11/1/2013 5:13 PM
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This is totally disgusting. Mankind welcomed and tamed the horses, and the horses have served mankind since. What a way to treat a creature that has loved and tended mankind. Maybe our dogs will be next?

brandae53 - 11/1/2013 4:10 PM
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The government is corrupt!! The wild horses have been around and survived longer than ANY of us have or ever will! Stay away people! Just leave them alone!!

Ktkt1955 - 11/1/2013 3:20 PM
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If the federal government condones this sort of animal cruelty and the destruction of the nations heritage then there should be a changing of the guardian ship over these animals. They brought many into the Western parts of the country and served the human population well and this is their reward? The judge who was paid to throw out the case should be not only disbarred, but also thrown off the bench! This judge might just as well murdered his/her mentor for helping her in her career in law. Would he/she also commit her mother for giving birth to him/her as well just for giving birth to her? Probably......

Kramer - 11/1/2013 2:53 PM
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Valley Meat: better U should go 'down under' and harvest 'roos.

Kramer - 11/1/2013 2:51 PM
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try 'em with Seabiscuit and gravy...

Kramer - 11/1/2013 2:50 PM
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Y? it's called a 'cultural' bias or "norm". Because: horses are more commonly considered pets; they are at least as intelligent and more aesthetic than pigs; they have served humans in many capacities. I think their dignity (in requiring specific quarters and care) has a lot to do with it. People identify more with these sensitive animals than with the 'less-dignified' swine and cattle. And there is nostaligic sentimentality over 'wild' (feral) horses. OK, Wilbur?

imjustjoe - 11/1/2013 2:34 PM
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no not the horse! I only eat, cows, pigs, any bird, whatever the hell they make fastfood out of, and any of a dozen "exotic" animals my butcher offers, but no not the horse because...... wait i have no idea why......

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