On November 4, 2013, a federal appeals court temporarily froze plans to start up horse slaughter operations in two United States locations. This emergency injunction effectively halts slaughter of horses for now in the ongoing battle to resume killing horses. It has been about two years since Congress lifted the ban on domestic horse slaughter.
The Denver court issued the temporary stay “pending further order.”
Opponents of the domestic resumption of horse slaughter, led by the Humane Society of the United Sates (HSUS), with additional support by Front Range Equine Rescue, the state of New Mexico and other individuals have obtained the temporary slaughter blockage on United States soil.
As of now, horse slaughterhouses are prevented from opening in the United States. That includes the two slaughterhouses anxious to begin butchering horses for their meat in New Mexico and in Missouri.
To say that Valley Meat and Rains Natural Meats are “chafing at the bit” to begin their horse slaughter operations is putting it mildly. Both companies insist they are standing by to start up the horse killing at a moment’s notice. In fact, Valley Meat said they are preparing to open early this coming week.
Both Valley Meat, via attorney Blair Dunn, and Rains have already underscored the fact that this court order is only temporary.
According to Dunn, speaking on behalf of Valley Meat:
We know the 10th Circuit will follow the law and allow my clients to proceed as soon as our side is considered. The plaintiffs have misstated the law, the facts and the science. We look forward to a quick decision when the facts are considered and the District Court's careful decision is reviewed.
Valley Meat’s Rick De Los Santos has been in a fight to open his defunct cattle slaughterhouse as a horse butchering facility for at least two years in the courts and public opinion and even within his own state of New Mexico. To say he has been at the forefront of the fight to start killing horses for meat is putting it mildly.
On October 29 the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a permit to Rains to slaughter "non-equine species of animals." While Rains could apply to DNR for permit modification, they have not done so.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, says:
This is a bit of a roller coaster ride, and it’s only temporary, but score this round for our side and for the horses. The horse slaughter industry killer buyers and traffickers need to know we’ll never relent in our quest to protect horses from the industry’s predatory and barbaric practices. ... Meanwhile, we are redoubling our efforts in Congress to secure a permanent ban on the slaughter of our horses throughout North America.
Protestors are fighting to have horse slaughter banned. Chris Heyde of the Animal Welfare Institute is said they won’t stop fighting until it’s banned.
The Chaves County Sheriff’s Department has already announced plans to increase police patrols around the New Mexico slaughterhouse. Already a federal inspector has been scheduled to report to the slaughterhouse on Monday. Valley Meat wants to open immediately “after the restraining order is dismissed.”
All this uproar about horse slaughter – the wishes of the American people are succinctly clear – no horse slaughter on U.S. soil.
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