Federal magistrate orders horse slaughter opponents to post $435,000 bond by Aug. 15

Cross-posted by Southwest Farm Press

WRITTEN BY LOGAN HAWKES

Horse on his way to slaughter. Google image.
Horse on his way to slaughter. Several states are working to return horse slaughter to U.S. soil. However, more than 140,000 U.S. horses are sent to Mexico and Canada for slaughter each year. Google image.

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 >>

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8 thoughts on “Federal magistrate orders horse slaughter opponents to post $435,000 bond by Aug. 15”

  1. “The bond covers the companies’ costs and lost profits for the next 30 days should the animal rights groups lose the case. Within that time, another hearing is planned in federal court to determine the fate of the temporary ban.

    “Attorneys for the animal rights groups argued Thursday that the losses estimated by the companies were highly speculative and the result of creative accounting.

    “Attorneys for the slaughterhouses disputed those claims.

    “Blair Dunn, who represents Valley Meat, said the Roswell plant was ready to begin operations last Monday and slaughter about 120 horses a day at $350 a head. The losses will be significant, he said.”

    Source: http://www.kasa.com/dpp/news/national/Judge-orders-bond-posted-in-horse-slaughter-case_86130766

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  2. This is always what is done when a business is sued and shut down until the court resolves the issue.. It has nothing to do with the fact that it is slaughter plants. If the people suing the business lose, they have to pay the business the losses it has incurred due to their law suit. That is the way it is done EVERYWHERE. I am not on one side or another here, I am JUST STATING FACTS!!!! It is the law all over the United States.

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    1. That’s right Paula. And the bond that was set — to cover the Valley Meat’s projected business losses for not being able to operate while the lawsuit goes on — is more reasonable than Valley Meat’s lawyer’s demand of $10,000,000!

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  3. Oh yeah, not about money is it??? I am WE are so sick of this despicable corrupt horse slaughter WHY ONE EARTH is this even an issue anymore??? My god what is Hell is this country doing STOP HORSE SLAUGHTER for good ALL OF IT Let’s start fixing the problem and STOP letting our horses suffer… GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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  4. Unless this $435 thousand dollars is going to used to Protect and Preserve every Horse In America and put them back where they belong on The RANGE as intended !!!!it is completely unfounded !!!!!

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  5. I wonder who butters THAT magistrate’s bread! The ole boy network is alive and well in NM.
    ~Faith

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