On Monday, the 10th United States Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver issued a temporary injunction barring the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from inspecting horse slaughter plants in New Mexico and Missouri states the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
On Friday, an Albuquerque federal judge dismissed The Humane Society of the United States' lawsuit against the USDA for failing to conduct proper environmental studies before issuing a permit to slaughter houses.
The following statement was posted Monday evening on the Facebook page of Front Range Equine Rescue, a Colorado horse rescue and plaintiff, in the two year battle along with the (HSUS) and other humane organizations and individuals working to effectively ban the return of domestic horse slaughter:
"We are happy to announce that the Court of Appeal has granted our motion for a temporary injunction, for a short time, staying the district court’s ruling last week. For now, no horses can be slaughtered in America, and the chance of environmental contamination from horse slaughter is again in the hands of the courts. But we will be fighting further this week, and should know more by week's end."
We are, of course, extremely pleased with the temporary injunction issued today and commend the plaintiffs for staying the course.
This injunction is indicative of what 80% of our country has been calling for; an end to the brutal slaughter of American horses. The support of the injunction from horse owners across the country has been overwhelming."
Rains Natural Meats near Gallatin Mo. does not have the necessary permits from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to slaughter horses.
Rick DeLos Santos, the owner of Valley Meat Company in New Mexico, intends to slaughter domestic horses and send their meat to countries where the sale and consumption of horse meat is legal.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the HSUS issued the following statement:
"Horse slaughter is a predatory, inhumane business, and we are pleased to win another round in the courts to block killing of these animals on American soil for export to Italy and Japan. Meanwhile, we are redoubling our efforts in Congress to secure a permanent ban on the slaughter of our horses throughout North America."
Speak out against horse slaughter and encourage your representatives in Congress to pass the Safeguard American Food Exports Act. Congress also needs to include language in appropriations legislation to forbid the use of taxpayer dollars to fund inspections at horse slaughter facilities.
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