Published: Monday, December 16, 2013, 12:35 PM MST
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The back-and-forth battle continues over horse slaughter in New Mexico. Despite a federal appeals court ruling on Friday, opponents to the plant in Roswell say its not over and that state law should keep the plant closed for now. The tenth circuit court of appeals lifted an injunction Friday that blocked horse slaughter. That could mean Valley Meat, and another slaughter house in Missouri could start slaughtering horses within a few weeks. However, a non-profit group says a New Mexico state law should keep the Roswell plant closed. An Albuquerque federal court judge ruled in November that the companies could legally slaughter horses. But animal rights groups filed an appeal and an emergency injunction blocking horse slaughter was granted. That's what the tenth circuit court lifted Friday. Animal rights groups are not giving up that easy. Front Range Equine Resuce, or FRER, a non-profit group fighting horse slaughterhouses say they filed a 90-page brief in Santa fe that state's state law mandates Valley Meat in Roswell be rejected in its quest to start slaughtering horses for meat. The reason they say according to New Mexico law in order for the plant to open they have to produce at lot of waste water and they need a permit to do so.
“That waste water requires a discharged waste water permit,” FRER attorney Bruce Wagman said. “They say valley meat does not have that and they've been in the process of challenging that.” FRER says since valley meat does not have the permit, it should keep the plant closed at least for now. They say FRER will stop at nothing to make sure horse slaughter plants will not open.