Appeals Court Vacates Ban on US Horse Slaughter

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The will of the majority of Americans is not only cast aside by Congress, but also by our courts. From the USDA to the smoke-filled back rooms of courthouses, the good old boy network, funded by pats on the back and envelopes full of blood money, empowers those who seek the glory of profit and power.

While 80% of Americans say they are opposed to horse slaughter, there are probably less than a couple of thousand who have the strength and willingness to do more than mumble about it. To those who bothered to pick up the phone and call their legislators – Thank you. To those that said they would but didn’t, or put it off because they had “more important things to do” – this is the result. The outrage means nothing if it is not expressed before those to whom we have given the power to change the law. You can write nasty notes on blogs, Twitter till your fingers go numb, but until YOUR legislators hears from you, your efforts are a waste of time. ~ Jerry
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From: ABC News
By: Jeri Clausing – AP

Horses being transported to slaughter.

Horses being transported to slaughter.

A federal appeals court on Friday removed a temporary ban on domestic horse slaughter, clearing the way for companies in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa to open while an appeal of a lawsuit by animal protection groups proceeds.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver lifted the emergency injunction it issued in November after The Humane Society of the United States and others appealed the ruling of a federal judge in Albuquerque. The judge said the U.S. Department of Agriculture followed proper procedure in issuing permits to Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., Rains Natural Meats of Gallatin, Mo., and Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa.

The appeals court’s order Friday said the groups had “failed to meet their burden for an injunction pending appeal.”

Blair Dunn, an attorney for Valley Meat and Rains Natural Meats, said the order lifts the emergency status of the case, meaning it will likely be months before a final decision is issued.

Dunn said the plants are ready to open, although they could agree to remain shuttered if the plaintiffs agree to post a sufficient bond to cover the companies’ losses should they ultimately prevail.

“They are getting ready to go as quickly as they can. It shouldn’t take too long. Not more than two weeks,” he said.

The Humane Society, however, said “the fight for America’s horses is not over.”

“We will press for a quick resolution of the merits of our claims in the 10th Circuit,” said Jonathan R. Lovvorn, the group’s senior vice president of animal protection litigation and investigations.

The plants would become the first horse slaughterhouses to operate in the U.S. since 2007. Congress effectively banned horse slaughter by eliminating funding for inspections at the plants in 2006. It restored that funding in 2011, but the USDA did not approve the first permits for horse slaughterhouses until this summer.

The issue has divided horse rescue and animal welfare groups, ranchers, politicians and Indian tribes about what is the most humane way to deal with the country’s horse overpopulation, and what rescue groups have said are a rising number of neglected and starving horses as the West deals with persistent drought.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
20 Comments
  • Jo-Anne Ward

    I have said this before and to me it still holds true. To help change this barbaric industry of toxic horsemeat sales, we Anti-Slaughter folks must get more youth involved.
    Most kids love horses and Groups like YEA are positive. Racetrack Over-Breeding and Drugged horses funded by Gamblers only fuel Slaughter, plain&simple. Cruelty to animals and $5 Bets are such pathetic lessons to teach todays
    children, our future adults, our future politicians.

    December 14, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    OMG!!! I will continue to call & receive letters of bs from the senators & representatives this is an outrage to say the least! we need to get jewell out & obama I already told Obama that he is not known as the 1st black pres. he is known as the 1st pres in am history that shut out the am people. don’t know if message was passed on like they said but this whole idea of what blm is getting away with is sickening i can’t believe that the Am. people are excepting these lies!

    December 14, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    My oldest daughter is sick by something that makes her seem anemic but they thought leukemia no its not that but still don’t know whats wrong. I swear if its some meat she ate well anyway she wont eat meat ever again she refuses. they continue to run tests.

    December 14, 2013
  • Saydea

    Now before I get labeled as a horse hating satanic let me say that I have several horses and 3 miniature ponies. I’ve also dealt with literally hundreds of horses who were “un usable” “un rideable” “crippled” or “bad tempered”. Not all of them were but the majority of them came to me after being labeled and stood in some well meanin persons yard to starve. This person 9 times out of 10 meant well. Thought they were saving the horse or giving it a better life. 9 times out if 10 they neglected to feed properly, get a farrier out or any if the costly things us horse people spend our money on.

    Horse slaughter is needed. Whine all you want to about it. We need it. We need it regulated. We new it cleaned up and we need to make it more “humane” but we need it. The horse market is FLOODED with horses from back yard breeders and old or crippled horses that no one wants or can afford to care for.

    Let me make one point if you get nothing else from my rant. It is not humane to “save” a horse from slaughter when there’s no one who can care for it. I for one would rather my horses be euthanized than left to rot and starve to death in someone’s back yard.

    A horse is a BlG commitement and one not to take lightly. Wanting to “save” them
    All from slaughter is wonderful. If in this world we ate rainbows and pooped butterfly’s I’d jump on board. However that’s just not how it is.

    Please, if you want to do something about horse slaughter lets start with eleminating it’s need. Lets start geldin all these unregistered stallions. Lets stop breeding every darn mare in the pasture. Lets start buying and training this generations unwanted goals and do something with them. To end horse slaughter is bigger than closing the meat houses doors. It starts by being responsible for your animals. Otherwise, banned or not there will still be starving horses dying slowly in someone’s pasture.

    December 15, 2013
    • jfinch

      To each their own opinion.

      December 15, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Jo anne ward comment there is no one fueling any slaughter but the government of america there is no other to blame

    December 15, 2013
    • Jo-Anne Ward

      Ok Nancy, I agree with you and others that “what BLM is getting away with is sickening”. However, do not tell me that there is no one (Slot Money/Over-Breeding etc)fueling any slaughter. You could not be more wrong, this I know for a fact!

      December 17, 2013
      • Nancy Albin

        Sadea ok your fact would be?
        In other words where do you get your fact? I would like to read it too. I like to know what im talking about so if it is factual i need to know or see it for a fact. thank you

        December 19, 2013
  • All these years we have been trying to get this through Congress……this is BS…Congress could have passed this years ago wonder why…….$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    December 15, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Sadea ok for one I am majorly concerned with the Slaughter houses if you want to put your old horse in a slaughter house I feel bad for you to think that that is the right thing to do. BLM/gov round ups & torture & then the torture of transportation & then to be skinned alive after torture hung upside down alive to have your throat cut is NOT the right thing to do!!! jfinch you are right everybody has there opinion but there is no way to justify Slaughter houses maybe they should give tours to see how humane it is… haha! everybody is welcome to goto my You Tube playlist & see how humane things at the slaughter houses are Please i send an Invitation lets see how you feel afterwards ok thank you

    December 16, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Sadea did you go to you tube & see any videos? just curious.

    December 19, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    If I had a sick old horse that was ready for death in other words “it’s time to go” I myself would rather cry say my goodbyes let it know how much i love it then shoot it once & burn it or bourrie it in the ground before i would send it to a slaughter house !!! if you send your horse to a slaughter house then i dare you to go every step of the way with it & suffer while you watch just like your poor horse is the only difference is you will have to live with it for the rest of your life.

    December 19, 2013
  • Loretta

    What is the status on the Obama administration including a proposal in its 2014 budget that would effectively ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption? When does this officially go into effect? Besides just being HATED by most Americans, I also don’t understand why these owners would want to continue to pursue opening up this gruesome business if this budget cut is around the corner?

    December 20, 2013
    • Nancy Albin

      “proposal budget?” “Obama?”hmm? Well anyway contact President Obama, Senate , Congress, White House asking them to support the Moran Amendment to defund the inspection of horse meat for human consumption in the house. Contact your senators to pass S 1176 and your representatives to pass HR 2966 Your tax dollars would be spent to inspect a meat not raised for food, while taking away money to
      inspect the meat we do eat and raise for food.

      December 21, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    J.fitch I just want to thank you & everyone with you for all you are doing to help not only the Abused horses that are seized in rades etc. but for the Wild Horses as well, you are a godsend Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

    December 20, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Im so sorry “j.finch” I sux at names sorry Mr. Jerry Finch

    December 20, 2013
    • jfinch

      I’ve been called a lot of names, but the sentiment covers the sins. Thank you for being a strong participant on this forum. Your comments are valued and your thoughts are welcomed.

      December 20, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Loretta bottom line is horses were not raised for food they are not raised under the food safety guidelines and therefore are given medications which are banned from use in ANY animal intended for human consumption. Horses are not for consumption. We would not be where we are as a civilization without them isn’t that enough to respect them enough to not EAT them? Our leaders of this country should honor them more then anybody! Our horses carried them through battles carrying the United States Of Americas Flag to the front lines. This just tells us what this country stands for! Our leaders have nothing inside there hearts but the $$$ sign & why should our tax $’s be spent to help make foreign interests money while taking away protections from our own citizens. Have you ever looked deep into a wild Horses eyes? Well I have then again after it was at BLM facility there was no life in its eyes anymore & thats when i knew i had to stop this from happening to any more horses, i don’t understand why but they are treating the horses like they are nothing!! no feelings oh i can go on & on & i need a cup of coffee but you can go on my pages & sign petitions but please make the phone calls we are running out of time… all of us need to take our country back !!!!

    December 21, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Jfinch thank you for making me smile & you are welcome 🙂

    December 21, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    “270,000” of Wild Horses have been removed from there homes since 1971! Are you serious!! 35,000 horses left in America… protected Horses… wow am i scared so should I feel safe….. Im protected? I have her fax on speed dial.

    December 22, 2013