USDA sued over permits issued to horse slaughtering plants


The Department of Agriculture is being sued for issuing permits to horse slaughtering plants in New Mexico and Iowa.

The Obama administration opposes horse slaughtering. But the USDA was forced to issue two permits because an appropriations rider that barred the inspection of such plants lapsed.

Valley Meat Co. in New Mexico received one of the permits. The plant expects to open August 5 even though it has been denied a wastewater permit by the state

Animals rights groups and a new organization founded by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) and actor Robert Redford hope to block the opening with their lawsuit in federal court. A hearing on a temporary restraining order is set for August 2.

At least three tribes, including one in New Mexico, have called on the USDA to issue permits for horse slaughtering plants.

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