NM and Iowa killboxes will be empty of horses this Monday


Trailered Slaughter Horse. Google image.
Horse trailered for a trip to the slaughterhouse. Google image.

A federal judge on Friday temporarily halted plans by companies in New Mexico and Iowa to start slaughtering horses next week.

U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo issued a restraining order in a lawsuit brought by The Humane Society of the United States and other groups in a case that has sparked an emotional national debate about how best to deal with the tens of thousands of wild, unwanted and abandoned horses across the country.

The move stops what would have been the resumption of horse slaughter for the first time in seven years in the U.S.

Plaintiffs’ lawyer Bruce Wagman, said his clients were overjoyed with the ruling and had been “extremely distressed that horse slaughter was going to start up again in America.”

Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, New Mexico, has been at the fore of the fight, pushing for more than a year for permission to convert its cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse.

Pat Rogers, an attorney for Responsible Transportation, said his clients borrowed $1.5 million to begin the operation, with another $1.4 million from investors.

Read more at USA Today >>

Wayne Pacelle states:

We’ve won a temporary but life-saving reprieve for horses in federal court late this afternoon, and it’s good news indeed that the kill boxes in New Mexico and Iowa will be empty of horses in the weeks ahead. We’ll continue to make arguments when the case resumes in a month that these plants cannot legally operate because of inadequate environmental review.

13 thoughts on “NM and Iowa killboxes will be empty of horses this Monday”

  1. I take it kill boxes are filled with horses that have been slaughter on site.hanging from their rear fetlocks.Butchered yet still alive from the Bolt Gun at the Slaughter House. President Obama Please help the Horses.


  2. Reblogged this on Donkey Whisperer Farm Blog and commented:
    Small victory today you are making a difference thank you!!!!
    Keep telling your congressional person NO to Horse, Donkey and Mule slaugher. The fight is not over…. We need you to never give up on this issue until Congress understands American’s do not slaughter horses, mules and donkeys. American’s do not eat them. Enough is enough…


  3. American’s need to keep pushing congress to Stop Horse, Donkey and Mule Slaughter 100%. The fight is not over yet, we can not give up until a law is passed to put an end to this madness.
    Thank you for sharing this news. I agree we need the Safe Act to pass.


  4. It is a huge victory at least it gives us more time, we all have a lot more to do, for one keep calling your Reps about supporting Safe Act 1094/S.541. WE NEED THIS TO GET out of the committee it has been sitting in since March, since Pete Sessions refused to give this Bill even a voice on the floor would NOT allow it ON the floor, I didn’t know that was the way our Democracy works but guess it is the way now a days, And yes those three corrupt Politicians Kingston, Blunt, Kohl were the idiots that went in the wee hours and took out the defunding wording in the USDA horse inspections, another little tid bit one of the entity’s who asked them to do this was none other than the President of AQHA oh yeah…….. AND they got away with it, ALSO those three were the same ones who wanted the GAO report on horse welfare, imagine that right, and now we ALL KNOW in writing the GAO report is a fraud …….. Just makes me sick how corruption can rule and NO ONE does anything about it, just like BLM in what they have been doing to our Wild Mustangs and Burros for years and STILL doing it with no consequences, but death to our magnificent horses, that will NOT be around when our grand children are older they will be GONE, because of Fracking and Welfare livestock, oil, mining the horses are run off the very land they are suppose to be protected on,,,, WE ALL NEED to keep fighting truth and justice I am telling you will win this time, if we are heard LOUD AND CLEAR we will win this, please everyone do what you can call the president, call your reps. sign as many petitions that you can find …… WE CAN BEAT THE EVIL and that is exactly what it is, don’t let irresponsible owners that over breed get away with this torture any longer THAT is what needs to be stopped….. Thanks


    1. There are few in Congress who do not use these same types of tactics to get other types of bills blocked for all sort of reasons – chiefly money. The few who don’t, don’t have the power. But that doesn’t mean we stop.


  5. Equine advocates were able to keep one whole species out of U.S. slaughterhouses for nearly seven years will have another 30 days. Yes, the very unfortunate equines who have to go through the grisly end in Canada and Mexico will be very detrimental to those foodies who will eat anything put in front of them. I have no sympathy at all for those humans. But the underhanded double-dealers in the backroom who removed the ban on horsemeat inspections in the 11th hour in 2011 should be kicked out of congress. Tom Vilsack should be removed not only because he wants things both ways, but because he authorized permits to three slaughterhouses without proper due dilligence. That is unlawful. Hope the judge sees it that way in the next hearing. Fingers are crossed.


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