A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by animal rights groups that sought to prevent Rains Natural Meats of Gallatin from opening operations. Another plant in New Mexico was included in the suit and may also be near opening as a horse slaughter plant.
The final step for Rains Meats is now to get approval from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for its lagoon to be used as a run-off.
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The owner of the plant tells KQ2 he hopes that approval could come as early as Tuesday.
The processed horse meat would be sold primarily to Europe and Japan for consumption.