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      N.M. plant to seek new judge in horse slaughter case

      SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A southeastern New Mexico company seeking to begin the commercial slaughtering of horses has asked a judge to disqualify himself from a pending lawsuit because of comments posted by animal protection activists on a social networking site for the judge's election campaign.

      District Judge Matthew Wilson issued an order Friday saying he would consider setting a hearing on the request by Valley Meat of Roswell.

      Wilson is presiding over a lawsuit brought by Attorney General Gary King to stop horse slaughtering.

      Valley Meat asked the judge on Thursday to recuse himself from the case because comments from horse slaughter opponents have been posted on the judge's campaign Facebook page. The judge also was asked to withdraw an order that temporarily blocks the company from moving ahead with its plans.

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