A foundation set up by former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson and noted actor and environmentalist Robert Redford formed a group that will help oppose a proposed horse slaughter plant in New Mexico.
Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife joined a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society that would stop the horse slaughter plant from being opened on August 5. It would be the first horse slaughterhouse in the United States in six years.
From the Associated Press:
“Horse slaughter has no place in our culture,” Redford said in a statement. “It is cruel, inhumane, and perpetuates abuse and neglect of these beloved animals.”
A lifelong horse lover, Richardson said he is committed to do “whatever it takes to stop the return of horse slaughterhouses in this country and, in particular, my own state.”
Animal rights activists and others have been opposed to the horse slaughter plant being opened, saying it is cruel and inhumane to horses.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Attorney General Gary King also is seeking to join the lawsuit.
In another development, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit to stop a plant in Roswell from slaughtering horses for meat because federal authorities have not yet undertaken the required environmental review.
According to another AP story, the Humane Society lawsuit alleges that the horse slaughter plant did not undergo the proper environmental reviews before getting a permit to open.
The horse meat would not be for human consumption in the United State, but would rather be sent overseas.