Horse slaughterhouses – judge rules they can open and the efforts to stop this
The Humane Society of the United States will appeal an Albuquerque federal judge’s ruling yesterday that USDA inspections can begin as early as this coming week. There is all kinds of news out there with a great deal of misinformation on this since yesterday. Below you can find a local New Mexico news stations take on the subject and then the Humane Society’s press release
Horse slaughterhouse may soon open
By: Lysee Mitri and Kim Vallez
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque federal judge Friday cleared the way for horse slaughterhouses to start operating in the U.S.
The ruling was centered around Valley Meat Company in Roswell, and it is sparking a strong reaction from both sides.
Valley Meat is now moving forward with plans to finally open after two years of legal battles.
“What they are negotiating right now is when the inspectors will show up for the first day of work for the plant to be operating,” said A. Blair Dunn, an attorney for Valley Meat Company. “So, actually processing horses will be the first day, and that is what they are looking at hopefully doing next week.”
The judge’s ruling comes just as a temporary restraining order keeping Valley Meat, and another slaughterhouse in Iowa from opening, expired.
Opponents of horse slaughter argued environmental reviews are necessary. They filed for an extension of the restraining order Friday, but the judge denied that.
The New Mexico Attorney General’s office is among the groups fighting the slaughterhouses.
“The Attorney General is certainly disappointed in her decision,” said Assistant Attorney General Ari Biernoff. “We respect Judge Armijo’s authority, and we respect her decision, but we strenuously disagree with it.”
A statement released by Attorney General Gary King said he and his staff are reviewing the decision and may file and appeal. The Humane Society of the United States has already decided it will appeal.
An Iowa slaughterhouse converted to cattle because of the ongoing legal fight, but now a slaughterhouse in Missouri is preparing to start processing horse meat as early as Monday.
Federal law does not allow the sale of horse meat for human consumption in the U.S. Instead, it will be shipped and sold overseas.
Efforts to Block Horse Slaughter in the U.S. Will Continue
By: Humane Society of the United States and Front Range Equine Rescue
The Humane Society of the United States will appeal judge’s ruling
A federal judge in the court case regarding horse slaughter in the U.S. has reversed course from her initial ruling and cleared the way for U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections of horse slaughter plants in several states. The Humane Society of the United States will not only appeal the decision, but also work with the states to block the plants from opening in Iowa, Missouri and New Mexico and step up its efforts in Congress to stop the slaughter of American horses — in the states and also in Canada and Mexico.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said: “Our legislative and legal activities have prevented horse slaughtering on American soil since 2007. With today’s court ruling and the very real prospect of plants resuming barbaric killing of horses for their meat in the states, we expect the American public to recognize the urgency of the situation and to demand that Congress take action. Court fights and state legislative battles have been important, but this is an issue of national importance and scale, and Congress should have an up-or-down vote on the subject.”