No horse slaughter actually takes place in New Mexico. Valley Meat Company, based in Roswell, N.M., had proposed overhauling a cattle processing plant, but the company backed off its plan in August. The company initially wanted to start slaughtering horses for food after Congress allowed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund inspectors specifically for horse slaughterhouses, in 2011. Other companies in Missouri and Iowa also planned to begin slaughtering horses, but those plans fell through.
Congress did not fund horse inspectors in 2013 or 2014.
New Mexico still exports thousands of horses to Mexico for slaughter every year. So far this year, the USDA reports the United States has sent more than 12,000 horses across the southern border for slaughter.