Fox News reports that a federal judge ruled on a highly sensitive lawsuit on Friday. U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo in Albuquerque, NM ruled that horse slaughterhouses can reopen for business as early as next week.
Horse slaughterhouses had been under a temporary restraining order in lieu of a lawsuit by The Humane Society of the U.S. and other animal protection groups. The ruling has temporarily ended a two year campaign by Valley Meat to continue operations.
The Humane Society and state of New Mexico have filed an appeal to a district court in Denver.
Rick De Los Santos, owner of Valley Meat, said he and his wife have received death threats and will hire security.
Supporters of the slaughterhouses say it is better to slaughter unwanted horses in a regulated facility and more humane than shipping them to inhumane conditions to plants in Mexico.
The company can also sell the meat to countries who consume horsemeat. The meat is also used for animal feed.
The topic is passionate and created controversy among politicians, animal lovers and animal protection agencies. The major argument seems to be whether horses should be considered companion animals or livestock.
Pending any decisions from a higher court, horse slaughterhouses can legally continue processing horses.
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