For a few more days, at least, New Mexico will not be the home of a horse-slaughtering plant.
A lawsuit by Attorney General Gary King asking that the plant be prevented from opening will go before a district court judge on Friday, and representatives of the Roswell-area slaughterhouse also say they are waiting to see whether they will receive a required wastewater discharge permit from the state Environment Department. The hearing Friday, to be heard by Judge Matthew Wilson in Santa Fe, will consider whether to extend a temporary restraining order or issue a preliminary injunction, either of which would stop the plant from opening. Owners had promised to be slaughtering horses on New Year’s Day. That didn’t happen.
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