Former South Dakota legislator Frank Kloucek of Scotland and Watertown livestock producer Bob Mack met recently with HSUS President Wayne Pacelle and the group’s ag director Joe Maxwell on the horse slaughter issue. HSUS is currently involved in court action trying to stop horse slaughter in New Mexico and Iowa. Kloucek says they were trying to get Pacelle to agree to some type of way of humanely dealing with unwanted and neglected horses.
Kloucek says while Pacelle and Maxwell listened to their request they gave no indication they’d support any slaughter of horses. He says ultimately it’s up to them to come up with a solution to the problem since they’re opposing the only reasonable solution, that being horse slaughter.
The district Judge in New Mexico has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the slaughter of horses until a preliminary injunction hearing is held September 3. He’s also ordered HSUS and the other plaintiffs to post a $ 495,000 bond.