Chief United States District Judge Christina Armijo has dismissed a horsemeat lawsuit from the Humane Society of the United States and other animal rights groups which sought to put an immediate end to the slaughter of horses. As reported by MSN on Nov. 2, the judge came to the conclusion "that the grants of inspection were properly issued," after denying the groups request to block inspections of horses on their way to the slaughterhouse. The dismissal of the horsemeat lawsuit could potentially clear a path for the resumption of equine killing for human consumption, the report said.
Based on court documents, the horsemeat lawsuit alleged that horses receive unapproved medications which could result in the pollutant contamination in waste products of slaughter plants.
Reuters reports that Front Range Equine Rescue, the Humane Society of the United States along with several other animal rights groups argued that federal officials didn't perform appropriate studies before granting permits to Valley Meat Co. in New Mexico and a company in Iowa.
Judge Armijo also denied a permanent injunction which wouldn't have allowed Valley Meat Co. to reopen its Roswell, N.M., slaughterhouse to horses.
An attorney for Valley Meat Co. and Rain Natural Meats in Missouri, stated that they are very pleased with the outcome of the horsemeat lawsuit and both companies are expected to resume business activities as early as next week. The companies are planning to export the horsemeat for human or animal consumption.
“We are pleased," Dunn said. "We think the right legal conclusion was reached.”
Although The Humane Society received an unfavorable ruling in the horsemeat lawsuit, they stated their plan to appeal Friday’s ruling, and vowed to continue the battle over the treatment of horses in America.
In a statement, Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of the organization, said: “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,” .
Confidence has returned to the global meat trade after the horsemeat contamination earlier this year, and industry efforts are focused on the correct determination of the origin of the products. The British have an aversion to horse meat, as pointed out by recent food scandals. However, this does not prevent them from exporting large quantities to their continental neighbors.
Many Americans express an outrage of disgust when it comes to the consumption of horsemeat. Today, one billion people eat horsemeat and it is commonly served at the table in many countries (China, Russia, Central Asia, Mexico, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Belgium, Argentina). World consumption of horsemeat is up 27.6% since 1990 and for hundreds of thousands of years, man has eaten horse, and it is only for five thousand years he has made the horse his friend.
What's your opinion on the horsemeat lawsuit as well as the consumption of horsemeat?