(POST CONTAINS CALL TO ACTION)
The temporary order barring a return to domestic horse slaughter expired the night of October 31, 2013.
According to an attorney representing plants in New Mexico and Missouri they are making the necessary preparations to open, one stating they will be ready as early as Monday to begin killing horses.
Attorney General Gary King of New Mexico has expressed his disappointment that by this action, the Judge is allowing domestic horse slaughter plants to start up operations without being required to fulfill NEPA requirements.
The groups suing the Department of Agriculture over its permitting procedures are seeking an extension of the restraining order.
King is also considering filing an Appeal, and asking horse lovers to comment on his Facebook page letting him know what this means not only to the people of New Mexico but also to the people of the US.
An important question is this. The United States does not have an agreement in place to export horse meat, so who do the domestic horse slaughter plants plan to sell the meat to without breaking the law?
— Court temporarily blocks Missouri horse slaughter plant; Tuesday’s Horse; Sept. 22, 2013.
— Third horse slaughter business qualifies for USDA inspections; Tuesday’s Horse; Sept. 19, 2013.