The group behind a proposed horse slaughter facility in Eastern Oregon says it suspects the city of Hermiston coordinated with animal-rights groups in its fight to keep the slaughter facility out of the city.
The group, United Horsemen, has requested all records maintained by the city and all documents pertaining to horse slaughter, including any emails on the subject.
The East Oregonian reports that the city recommended the group narrow its request to just 11 email accounts, including the mayor, city council, city manager, assistant city manager and city planner.
The city initially requested $651 for labor and materials. Upon appeal, the city dropped the fee.
United Horseman continues to move forward with the proposed slaughter facility, but has not yet produced a land use request to Umatilla County.