Why has it been left to the equine rescue community to represent the will of the people against a government that supports the interest of foreign meat companies? The demand for horsemeat in foreign countries is the sole reason for horse slaughter, yet the financial burden of defending the horses in court comes only from advocates who oppose their slaughter. Doesn’t make sense, does it?
Government attorneys representing USDA’s top three food safety officials say it’s time to end the court battle that has temporarily banned horse slaughter in the U.S. They’ve asked the U.S. District Court in New Mexico to move immediately to an expedited hearing and ruling on the merits of the case.This would eliminate the next step that had been anticipated in the case – a hearing on whether to grant the plaintiffs a preliminary injunction. They had already won a temporary restraining order.And, in another motion, Robert G. Dreher, acting assistant U.S. attorney general, has asked the court for permission to file a so-called “surreply” to respond “to Plaintiff’s numerous accusations that Federal Defendants and the United States have acted in bad faith in opposing Plaintiffs’ motion to modify the temporary restraining order and objections to Magistrate Judge Scott’s imposition of a bond requirement ….”
In his request, Dreher cites a dozen specific instances where the plaintiffs, led by the Humane Society of the United States, made accusations that he claims are “unfounded and untrue, and easily refuted. In one, the Plaintiff’s say the U.S. hopes to divert funds from ‘important animal rescue and sheltering’ and ‘other public interest cases challenging federal agency abuses.’ CONTINUED… Read more at The Food Safety News
Patrick Springer, Forum News Service, Grand Forks Herald
FARGO – National organizations working to save mustangs are lending a hand to find caring homes for wild horses that will be rounded up at North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park and sold at auction.
The Cloud Foundation and Legacy Mustang Preservation are two groups that are joining forces in an effort called Operation Badlands Mustang Rescue, made up of volunteers who have been spreading the word of the Sept. 28 auction of more than 100 park horses in a campaign to spare them from slaughter.
“We’re just trying to provide the safety net so none of these animals get bought by the kill buyers,” Ginger Kathrens, executive director of The Cloud Foundation, said Friday.
In partnership with the affiliated Legacy Mustang Preservation organization, the groups have pledged to buy as many as 24 of the horses, if no other private owners step forward, to save them from being sent to a slaughterhouse. CONTINUED… Read more at The Grand Forks Herald
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