“A reprieve for the horses!”
The United States District Court should block federal inspections at a Missouri horse slaughter plant, per a motion filed by Front Range Equine Rescue and The Humane Society of the United States along with other horse protection organizations and several individuals. Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture announced imminent plans to provide inspections at the Missouri plant Rains Natural Meats, which would allow the facility to begin slaughtering horses for human consumption.
The United States District Court for the District of New Mexico granted a motion filed in July by Front Range and The HSUS to temporarily block similar inspections that USDA had authorized at horse slaughter facilities in New Mexico and Iowa. That temporary injunction remains in place pending the court’s consideration of a lawsuit filed by Front Range and The HSUS alleging that USDA violated the National Environmental Policy Act by authorizing inspections without conducting the necessary environmental review. This latest motion asks the court to extend the temporary restraining order to cover inspections at Rains Natural Meats, as well.
“The USDA is enjoined from providing horse slaughter inspections until October 4. She has assigned another judge to an evidentiary hearing. He will rule on whether they can start on October 4 or continue being unable to provide inspection of horse meat at Rains Natural Meats in MO. The slaughter plant through its attorney has filed attempting to get bond money. However, the plant itself is not enjoined so one would think they are not entitled, but in my opinion the law is about as reliable as politicians. We are very happy and relieved for the horses though.”
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