As a result of a motion by The Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue and other horse protection organizations and individuals, a U.S. District Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking federal inspections. This order follows a July decision by the U.S. District Court that permitted the temporary blocking of inspections in New Mexico and Iowa.
The temporary injunction is still active and depends upon the court’s decision on a lawsuit filed by The HSUS and Front Range, etc., that the United States Department of Agriculture breached the National Environmental Policy Act, permitting horse slaughter and inspections without having conducted environmental studies.
Says senior vice president of animal protection litigation for The Humane Society of U.S. Jonathan Lovvorn:
This is a temporary but important reprieve for horses. The horse slaughter industry is a predatory enterprise that buys up young and healthy horses and kills them to sell the meat to Europe and Japan. We will continue to make the case that the U.S. should reject this industry, just as we would reject a slaughter industry for dogs or cats gathered up under false pretenses and killed as a food export commodity.
Just recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the decision to provide inspections at Rains Natural Meats. This would have permitted horse slaughter to begin in Missouri.
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