New Mexico Attorney General Gary King released a statement questioning the safety and risks associated with eating horse meat. The comments come as Roswell moves closer to opening a proposed horse slaughtering plant.
King said current laws on the books will keep New Mexicans from consuming horse meat because of the chemical substances routinely used on horses. "As Attorney General, I have specific authority to enforce New Mexico food safety laws that are applicable to such a facility in our state," he said in a statement.
If the horse slaughter plant is approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, King said his office will watch it closely. "I will vigorously pursue all legal remedies available to me if we discover any violations of New Mexico food safety laws."