While a New Mexico state district judge imposed yet another temporary injunction to prevent the plant from opening, on Monday (Jan. 13), the court heard nine hours of testimony from expert witnesses. After closing arguments late in the day, State District Judge Matthew Wilson told both sides he would offer a ruling in the case by Friday. Until then, the opening of the plant remains in limbo.

In a new turn, a counter lawsuit may be pending, this one against King, charging the State Attorney General with slander and unlawfully attempting to block the opening of a legitimate business in New Mexico.

As the horse issue turns, Blair Dunn, the attorney for Valley Meat Company, has charged King with grandstanding on the issue with the intent of using the high publicity case to further his aspirations of becoming the next Governor of New Mexico.

A spokesman for Dunn last week said letters were sent to the state risk management division giving the required 30-day notice of a planned legal filing required before a lawsuit can be heard by the court.

In recent months arguments have ensued and tempers have flared over the issue of whether domestic horses are to be considered livestock or companion animals and whether protected wild horses should be rounded up and sold at auction.

The issue continues to divide horse owners, animal protection groups, ranchers and Indian tribes, and developments related to the issue continue to mount. But in spite of the differences of opinion, the legal battles and flaring tempers, most with an interest in the issue admit that in spite of the bickering and legal positioning, the plight of America's equine population continues to grow with little real solution in sight, and that stands in opposition to what both sides say is their primary concern.

 

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