Horse slaughter halted by federal appeals court

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Pro-slaughter groups and some of the media keep spreading the lie that horse slaughter is humane. There are other methods to control the populations that will allow wild horses to live. Do not forget to comment at the end of this post and on the original site the article came from – and be sure to share your views with your friends. Let the world know that wild horses lives hang in the balance while the powers-that-be waffle on the issue of horse slaughter. ~ Habitat for Horses Web Mistress

From: AgriNews

wild horse round up ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court temporary halted plans to resume domestic horse slaughter.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver recently issued a temporary injunction barring the Department of Agriculture from inspecting the plants.

Slaughterhouses in New Mexico and Missouri had hoped to start up after a federal judge in Albuquerque threw out a lawsuit by the Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups on Nov 1.

The lawsuit alleged the Agriculture Department had failed to conduct proper environmental studies when it issued permits to Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., and an Iowa company to slaughter horses for human consumption.

The groups filed an almost immediate appeal to the 10th Circuit and won the emergency injunction.

The order continues the on-again, off-again plans to resume domestic horse slaughter six years after the last big slaughterhouses closed after Congress cut funding for inspectors.

The debate over a return to domestic horse slaughter has been an emotional one that centers on whether horses are livestock or companion animals and what is the most humane way to deal with the country’s horse overpopulation, particularly in the drought-stricken West.

Supporters say it is better to slaughter unwanted horses in regulated domestic plants than to ship them to sometimes inhumane plants in Mexico.

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King and Gov. Susana Martinez both have opposed horse slaughter.

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  • Connie Nelson

    Don’t let them slaughter our horses. It is inhumane & there are other ways to control populations. At the rate they are slaughtering our wild horses, they will be extinct before long.

    November 16, 2013
  • marilyn norman

    Horse slaughter is not humane. This continues to have me question what these people think “humane” is.

    November 16, 2013
  • Jackie

    I feel the major problems are caused by humans rather than the horses and the humans should be the ones to correct the problems and/or pay the penalty, not the innocent horses.

    November 16, 2013
  • I have been listening to the lies and hyperbole spread by pro-slaughter groups for years, so I did my own homework. As gruesome and painful as it was, I read everything pro and con, and it is very clear that there is no humane way to kill a horse for human consumption. The fact that it is even considered makes me feel like I live in an archaic society with third world values. Knowing horses the way I do, I believe they should be recategorized as companion animals. They deserve the protection of the law and don’t deserve to die in such a horrific manner.

    November 16, 2013
  • Carlene Ridenour

    It is appalling to me that America doesn’t eat horses and considers their meat to be toxic and ALL is OK to kill OUR horses to be sent over seas for others to eat. Horses are companion animals like dogs and cats and should be managed in small enough numbers (even our sacrad wild ones)to STOP THE SLAUGHTER.

    November 16, 2013
  • Penny Zielstorf

    We as a family and tax payer of the US of America are sickened by what you are doing to the horses. You have reached a new low for siding with AQHA, American Farm Bureau Foundation, and National Cattlemen’s, BLM and let us not forget the kill buyers. The horse is a beloved part of America it helped build this county and this is how you repay it. We are requesting you to pass the SAFE Act and we will continue to raise our voices in numbers and votes till this is changed

    November 16, 2013
  • Terra Pennington

    If we allow horse slaughter in the US what is to stop someone from wanting to slaughter dogs, cats, and rats down the line for human consumption. It is sad state of affairs when the American people forced to pay taxes dollars to inspection meat that we don’t eat and will not eat just to line the pockets of a select few. There is also a reason the EU does not want US bred horses imported and should be another reason the American people should stop toxic meat from being slipped into our food chain like happen in the UK.

    November 16, 2013
  • Sandra Parker-Turnage

    WHO says our wild horses are unwanted. Only the people who will make money by slaughtering them. Its ALL about the money. And it is about the greed of the Cattlemen’s Assoc. who want all the land for their cattle. The Grazing Improvement Act S.258 will not only hurt our wild horses and burros, but any wild life that lives on the lands where the cattle ranchers want their cattle to graze.
    There is no reason to remove the horses from their habitats. The only true reason to remove them is to make money off of them by slaughtering them for their meat.

    November 21, 2013