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Horse Slaughter in the News: Sept 29, 2015

The HORSE AND HOUND report:

Up to 50,000 horses ‘disappeared’ during horsemeat scandal

An estimated 50,000 horses “disappeared” from across Europe during the 2013 horsemeat scandal, according to a leading professor.

Professor Chris Elliott was appointed by the UK government to investigate the horsemeat scandal and food fraud.

His report — the Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks — was published in 2014.

He has now warned that the UK is still at risk of another similar scandal unless it is taken seriously by authorities and police.

Prof Elliott gave the warning at the 2015 Fighting Food Fraud conference held at Doncaster racecourse on 17 September.

“2013 was a wake-up call for the UK,” he said. “With organised gangs becoming attracted in to food fraud, we must act now to prevent public health threats.

“The idea that 50,000 horses could just disappear may seem incredible to some, but the scale at which some of these gangs can operate is huge.

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Judge keeps case on horse slaughter, expands injunction

KOAT TV ABC Channel 7 report:

SANTA FE, N.M. — A judge has refused to dismiss a 2013 lawsuit against a company that wanted to open a horse slaughterhouse in Roswell.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that State District Judge Francis Matthew on Tuesday rejected the Valley Meat Co.’s argument that the lawsuit filed by the Attorney General’s Office is no longer relevant.

Matthew also expanded a preliminary injunction to prevent another company from opening a slaughterhouse on the site.

A trial to decide whether the operation should be barred permanently is tentatively scheduled for next August.

The attorney general asked the judge to expand the injunction, because he believes Valley Meat has started a “shell company.”

Valley Meat’s attorney argues that the company abandoned plans to slaughter horses, something currently made impossible by Congress’ refusal to fund the relevant inspections.

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