Category Archives: Horse Slaughter Litigation

March 7, 2014 Weekly Round Up

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* Here are a look at some of the ag law stories making news this first week of March. *United States Sides with Texas in Water Dispute against New Mexico, Seeks to Join Suit.  Last week, the Solicitor General, on behalf of the United States, filed a Motion for Leave to Intervene as a Plaintiff in the Supreme Court case pitting Texas against New Mexico in a battle over water in the Rio Grande.  The Solicitor General echoed the… Read More →

Horse Slaughter Update

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* A flurry of activity occurred last Friday with regard to the horse slaughter debate both in a Santa Fe, New Mexico courthouse and in Washington, DC. First, in Washington, Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill that provided no funding for USDA inspectors to inspect plants that would slaughter horses.  President Obama signed the bill into law on Friday evening.  Without these required inspections, plants are unable to commence slaughter operations. [Read article here.] This was the same approach taken from 2006-2011… Read More →

January 17, 2014 Weekly Round Up

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* It has been a busy week for agricultural law-related stories.  Here are a few of the headlines making news this week. *  Texas Supreme Court Orders TransCanada Response to Appeal.   The Texas Supreme Court has ordered TransCanada to respond for a petition for review filed by Texas landowner Julia Trigg Crawford.  Trigg Crawford has appealed the trial court decision (affirmed by the appellate court) challenging the ability of TransCanada to use the power of eminent domain to take a portion of… Read More →

January 10, 2014 Weekly Round Up

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* Last Friday I was able to speak at the Central Texas Cow/Calf Clinic at the Milano Livestock Exchange.  It was a great crowd and I enjoyed the chance to visit with them about the importance of written leases.  As a country girl myself with fond memories of going to the sale barn with my dad, I have to say that this was my favorite presentation location so far.  Welcome to the new readers from that presentation!… Read More →

Breaking News: Proposed Horse Slaughter House to Sue New Mexico Attorney General for Slander

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* Weeks after the New Mexico Attorney General filed suit in state court against Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, NM, seeking to prevent the slaughter house from slaughtering horses for human consumption, Valley Meats is fighting back.  The owners of the plant have notified the Attorney General that they intend to file suit against his office for slander, harassment, conspiracy, and abuse of process.  [Read article here.]  A copy of the Tort Claim Notice filed by Valley Meat… Read More →

January 3, 2014 Weekly Update

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Happy New Year!  Here are some of the ag law stories in the news this first week of 2014. *EPA Appeals Alt Decision.  The EPA has filed an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Alt v. EPA.  As you read about on this prior blog, the trial court found that manure runoff from the Alt farm constituted agricultural storm runoff and, therefore, was not required to obtain a NPDES… Read More →

December 20, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Here are some of the ag law-related stories making the news this week. *  Dallas Passes Strict Fracking Limitation.  The City of Dallas voted last week to impose one of the strictest fracking ordinances in the country, requiring oil wells to be 1500 feet away from “protected areas” including homes, schools, and churches.  This ordinance greatly increases the set back distance, which currently is 300 feet.  [Read article here.] *  New York Times Article Focuses on Rio… Read More →

Breaking News: 10th Circuit Lifts Injunction in Horse Slaughter Case

As you may recall from this prior post, the plaintiffs in Front Range Equine Rescue v. Vilsack requested and received an emergency injunction in early November to prevent horse slaughter plants from being inspected pending appeal of the case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  That injunction was lifted on Friday, December 13, 2013, allowing horse slaughter plants to move towards commencing operations. The Tenth Circuit lifted the injunction finding that the plaintiffs “failed to met their burden for an injunction pending appeal.”  Specifically, the… Read More →

Additional Breaking News: Tenth Circuit Issues Temporary Stay in Horse Slaughter Case

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has issued a temporary stay of Judge Christina Armijo’s November 1, 2013 decision that would have allowed federal agencies to conduct inspections of potential horse slaughter facilities, thereby allowing horse slaughter to resume in the United States. The Plaintiffs in the case (which include numerous animal rights groups and activists as well as the State of New Mexico) filed an Emergency Motion for Injunction Pending Appeal… Read More →

Breaking News: Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Prohibiting Opening of Horse Slaughter Plants

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** On Friday afternoon, federal Judge Christina Armijo dismissed a lawsuit and denied an injunction sought by animal rights groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, that would have prevented plants in New Mexico and Missouri from slaughtering horses. Background Under federal law, the Food Safety Inspection Service (“FSIS”) must inspect all species, including horses, before they are allowed to be slaughtered and the meat sold in commerce.  Without this inspection, slaughter houses may not operate.  In December 2011, Valley Meat… Read More →