Cross-posted by Southwest Farm Press
WRITTEN BY LOGAN HAWKES
Animal rights groups that successfully campaigned for a temporary ban on horse slaughter activities at meat processing facilities in New Mexico and Iowa must post a $435,000-plus bond by Aug. 15 if they hope to keep their legal challenge alive in federal court.
That was the ruling of Federal Magistrate Robert Scott of Albuquerque Thursday who ordered the Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue and other plaintiffs to post the bond in the event the group loses a lawsuit that charges the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) failed to conduct environmental reviews as required by the National Environmental Protection Act before granting federal permits that would have allowed the two plants to open as early as last Monday.
Albuquerque Federal District Judge Christina Armijo issued a temporary restraining order last Friday that stopped Valley Meat Company of Roswell, New Mexico, and Responsible Transportation of Sigourney, Iowa, from opening their doors and beginning slaughtering and processing horses for the first time in over seven years until the lawsuit is settled. Read more >>
— Federal Judge postpones bond hearing in horse slaughter case; Tuesday’s Horse; Aug. 5, 2013
— Groups sue over slaughter of horses in the U.S.; Tuesday’s Horse; Jul. 3, 2013