ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is set to announce he is suing a Roswell company in an attempt to block a planned horse slaughter plant.
King has scheduled a news conference Thursday to outline his plans.
The move comes after a federal appeals court rolled back a court order that had kept the Valley Meat Company from beginning operations. Owner Rick De Los Santos told KOB-TV on Wednesday the plant will start off slow but already has multiple meat contracts lined up.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 13 lifted an emergency order that blocked the opening of the Roswell plant, another in Gallatin, Mo., and one in Sigourney, Iowa, that has converted to beef.
Animal protection groups have been trying to block the slaughtering of horses.