A horsemeat lawsuit, which would have stopped the killing and slaughter of horses for human consumption, has been thrown out of court. According to The Inquisitr on Nov. 2, The Humane Society of the United States brought forth the suit and District Judge Christina Amijo ended the two year-battle to open horsemeat slaughter houses by tossing the suit out of court. The horsemeat slaughterhouses won this fight.
Slaughterhouses can now deal in horsemeat. Other animal rights groups joined the Humane Society in this battle, but it was a battle lost. They allege that when the Department of Agriculture gave permits to the Valley Meat Company to slaughter the horses they did so without doing a full scope of environmental studies. The attorney representing the Valley Meat Company, Blair Dunn, was totally surprised by the outcome.
He saw this going the other way and needless to say he was happy to be wrong! The owner of the slaughter house, Rick De Los Santos, conveyed how surprised he was by the judge’s verdict. Santos said he and his wife have received death threats and there was a suspicious fire at the slaughterhouse.
He is very aware that a lot of people are angry at them for the slaughtering of horses. Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society, has called for Congress to impose a ban on slaughtering horses in the U.S., he 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.”
Many people won't eat meat because they don't agree with the slaughtering of any animal. This has been a big set-back for the Humane Society and the animal rights groups nationwide. Not to mention the horse lovers and animal lovers everywhere!