A federal judge in the court case regarding horse slaughter in the U.S. has reversed course from her initial ruling and cleared the way for U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections of horse slaughter plants in several states.
The Humane Society of the United States will not only appeal the decision, but also work with the states to block the plants from opening in Iowa, Mo., and N.M. and step up its efforts in Congress to stop the slaughter of American horses—the states and also in Canada and Mexico.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said:
“Our legislative and legal activities have prevented horse slaughtering on American soil since 2007. With today’s court ruling and the very real prospect of plants resuming barbaric killing of horses for their meat in the states, we expect the American public to recognize the urgency of the situation and to demand that Congress take action. Court fights and state legislative battles have been important, but this is an issue of national importance and scale, and Congress should have an up-or-down vote on the subject.”
“Missouri horse slaughter plant set to open”; KRCG, CBS Channel 13, St Louis; November 4, 2013.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A northwest Missouri horse slaughter plant is preparing to open for business Monday as a legal battle that stretches across the country continues to unfold. Read full report >>
“Ex-NM Governor vows to halt horse slaughter”; by Gary Strauss; USA Today; November 3, 2013.
Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson vowed Saturday to fight a federal ruling that will allow U.S. horse slaughterhouses to operate for the first time since 2007. Read full report >>
ALBUQURQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Iowa company is dropping plans to slaughter horses in the wake of a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily banned the practice as part of a lawsuit filed by animal welfare groups, a company executive said Tuesday.
Responsible Transportation, which owns a slaughterhouse in Sigourney, Iowa, was among two companies that had secured federal permits for horse slaughter. But the Iowa company’s president, Keaton Walker, told The Associated Press that his firm cannot afford to wait for more court deliberations and was turning its focus to cattle.
“We just can’t sit with our heads down,” Walker said. “We have to get back to work. Our main focus now is going to be beef.”
The other company with a federal permit, Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., was “still prepared to stay the course,” company attorney Blain Dunn said. Valley Meat 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.
Valley Meat Co. owner Rick De Los Santos said he could understand why the Iowa company made the decision. But, he added: “We are going to see this deal all the way through.” Read full report >>
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 >>
FUTURE OF HORSE SLAUGHTER IN OKLAHOMA STILL UNCLEAR From BeaumontEnterprise.com
by ASSOCIATED PRESS
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Though the Legislature passed a bill this year authorizing the slaughter of horses, it remains unclear whether a facility will open in Oklahoma once the law takes effect Nov. 1.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law the bill sponsored by Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow and Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona. Fields said he’s not aware of any efforts to build a facility in Oklahoma, while McNiel said she’s no longer involved in the issue.
“My goal is not necessarily to bring one,” McNiel said. “I am not out promoting it. Once I passed the bill, I was done.”
Before the law passed, Ahsan Amil of Oklahoma Meat Company applied for a federal inspection with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Amil told the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/16oj24G ) that he’s no longer pursuing the permit.
Horse slaughter plants are planned in New Mexico, Iowa, Missouri and Tennessee. Read more >>
— About the Lawmakers
Remember these names when it comes time to vote Oklahoma.
Gov. Mary Fallin
Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow
Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona
Does not matter why they passed a law to legalize horse slaughter in Oklahoma or whether or not they are involved after the fact or promoting it now they have “done their job”.
These politicians care not a wit about bringing all the sordid problems that go with horse slaughter to their community. Their view of horses as a disposable commodity is deadly — that horses are good for a buck in their killing for meat.
Notwithstanding that, horses are not traditional food animals and are given a laundry list of drugs that make their meat potentially carcinogenic to humans. Condoning the production and supply of toxic horse meat is highly irresponsible no matter how you cut it.
When you see those expensive election campaign ads for politicians such as the ones above, you can reasonably wonder if it is blood money from horse slaughter that helped pay for them.
— About Farm Bureaus
And what about the Farm Bureaus, who always seem to play a prominent role in working to keep horse slaughter alive? They have to know about the dangerous drugs given to horses which prohibit them from entering the human food chain.
Oh, wait. I wonder if it is because they know what sorts of things that go into the animals they breed, raise and kill for food, and simply don’t see any difference. That’s something to chew on, isn’t it?
GRISLY FIND IN MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA From The Miami Herald
by ELINOR J. BRECHER
The butchered remains of a horse were found in a driveway on Northwest 163rd Street early Wednesday, according to Miami Gardens Police.
“The slaughter of horses in our community continues unabated,” said Laurie Waggoner, director of operations for the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, whose organization provides rescue and refuge for abused and neglected horses. “The only difference in this case, is the remains were disposed of in an extremely public area.”
A passerby called police at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday reporting a “dead carcass” at 5295 NW 163rd St.
The horse was slaughtered while still alive, said SPCA President Jeanette Jordan.
Close-up photos show the horse’s severed head and other body parts lying on pavement.
“My greatest hope is that the perpetrators of this hideous crime will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Jordan said.
Illegal horse slaughter for meat is common in certain parts of Miami-Dade County, though it’s against the law to sell such meat for human consumption.
Police said they had no leads in the case. Read more >>