Ask Eddie - Horse slaughtering in New Mexico

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Updated: 11/06/2013 11:46 am
A New Mexico horse processing facility gets the okay to open after two years of delay. 

Our Eddie Griffis told us more on how this could be valuable to the horse industry.

"New Mexico finally gets the okay to start slaughtering horses again. This is definitely good news for the horse industry out there. It's been a while since we've seen an open horse market or a slaughter facility within reach of this area for horse buyers and the killers out there, definitely a place where they can take these horses. For the public out there and as far as the horse market is concerned, it will bring an increased value to these animals. A lot of these horses, since the last facility closed up, they either starved to death, there's no place for them to go. These horses are not able to be used for anything, so it's good news for the horse industry to have a place to go for these horses. A lot of people I know do not like the idea of seeing a horse go into a slaughter facility, but the use of these animals, they'll be able to go overseas probably as food and for other things. But as far as for a horse owner out there that's looking for a place to take horse that they have no use for, they can't afford to feed, other than it starving to death or hurting someone, they can take it to the slaughter facility. The overall ruling could be appealed, the judges decision might be appealed, but that will be seen in the weeks to come."

For more information for producers and consumers be sure to catch Eddie weekdays on West Texas Ag Life starting at 1 p.m. on AM 950, 100.7 FM. 

Also if you have a question or comment for Eddie, be sure to email those to agday@fox34.com. 
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