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Robert Redford joins fight for horses

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Robert Redford has joined the fight against the reopening of the first horse slaughter plants in the U.S.

The actor on Monday announced the formation of the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife, whose first act is to join a federal lawsuit filed by the Humane Society and other groups to block the planned Aug. 5 opening of the first horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. to operate in more than six years.

“Horse slaughter has no place in our culture,’’ Redford said in a statement. “It is cruel, inhumane and perpetuates abuse and neglect of these beloved animals.’’

Meat from the slaughterhouses would be shipped to some countries for human consumption and for use as zoo and other animal food.

After more than a year of delays and a lawsuit by Valley Meat Company, the U.S. Department of Agriculture in June gave the company the approval to begin slaughtering horses. AP
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