Dallas Crown, one of two Fort Worth, Texas, area horse
slaughter plants, continues in business after a brief court
battle concerning its wastewater discharge permit.
It all started when the city of Kauffman, Texas, where
Dallas Crown is located, notified the plant that it was in
violation of its wastewater discharge permit. That notice was
filed on July 26 and on Aug. 10.
Dallas Crown filed a lawsuit, seeking injunctive relief.
The case was heard on Aug. 24, and County-At-Court Judge
Erleigh Noville ruled that the city cannot revoke the plant's
discharge permit unless it can show that the plant is indeed
in violation of the terms of the permit.
The judge also ordered three weeks of discharge testing to
determine if the plant is in compliance.
Officials at Dallas Crown said that the plant remained open
and in operation during the litigation.
In an affidavit supporting Dallas Crown's injunction
request, plant manager Christopher Soenen claimed that Dallas
Crown is exceeding the requirements of its wastewater
"Our business is licensed, regulated, and inspected by
the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and Texas
Animal Health Commission," Soenen stated in the
affidavit. "We are in good standing with both
Soenen also stated in the affidavit that Kauffman Mayor
Paula Bacon, "both before becoming mayor and after being
elected, has worked with various individuals and groups to
close our plant because of the type of business we
Dallas Crown employs 52 people and slaughters about 100
horses per week. It ships the meat to markets in Europe.
The other Texas slaughter plant is Beltex, which is located
in Fort Worth.