A horsemeat lawsuit was thrown out by a judge in Albuquerque, New Mexico, allowing slaughterhouses to go about their business as usual. On Nov. 2, the Christian Science Monitor reported that U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo threw out the lawsuit that was filed by The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups which has been an ongoing issue.
The lawsuit claimed that the "Department of Agriculture failed to conduct proper environmental studies when it issued permits to Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, New Mexico, and an Iowa company to slaughter horses for human consumption" (via the Christian Science Monitor).
The horsemeat lawsuit was filed about two years ago. It has been a very emotional ride for animal lovers and horse rescue and animal welfare groups alike. Previously, companies were under a "restraining order" that went into effect back in Aug. That order expired just hours before Judge Armijo made her decision. The lawsuit questioned whether horses should be considered livestock or companion animals and what the best way to deal with overpopulation is.
"Supporters say it is better to slaughter unwanted horses in regulated domestic plants than to ship them to sometimes inhumane plants in Mexico," the Christian Science Monitor reports.
A horsemeat lawsuit appeal has already been filed.
© Effie Orfanides 2013