Horse slaughter halted by federal appeals court
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
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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