A Federal Judge has granted a Temporary Restraining order against USDA to prevent the inspection of horse slaughter facilities going forward. It affects horse slaughter plants in New Mexico and Iowa. R CALF CEO Bill Bullard is disappointed with the decision. He says those opposed to horse slaughter have come up with no solutions as to what to do with unwanted or abandoned horses.
The lawsuit brought against USDA on horse slaughter is led by the Humane Society of the United States and claims USDA failed to conduct proper environmental reviews before issuing new permits to slaughter horses. Bullard says not only would slaughtering the horses be humane, it also would help the economy.
Bullard says the group leading the lawsuit, HSUS claims to want humaneness for animals but in this case hasn’t come up with a viable solution or unwanted or abandoned horses.
A preliminary injunction hearing will be held within the next 30 days.