ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Actor Robert Redford is stepping into the fight over horse slaughtering in New Mexico.
He is publically calling for the ban of the practice to be reinstated.
This comes the same week the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited Valley Meats in Roswell to see if their plant was fit for horse slaughter. It would be the first in the U.S. since the ban was lifted in 2011.
Inspectors told the owners everything looked good and they would recommend the plant be approved.
In a letter to the organization Equine Advocates Redford wrote, "Horses have always been very important in my life, and I feel strongly that they need our protection from any kind of abuse, especially slaughter.
Redford goes on to say the "the entire slaughter process is cruel and inhumane and perpetuates abuse and neglect without consequences."
The owner of valley meats argues the contrary. He says so many horses are being abused now this is a humane solution.
He also says many of these horses who are slaughtered inhumanely are in non USDA regulated facilities.
An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.