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August 13, 2013

Iowa Plant Nixes Plans to Slaughter Horses

Iowa company Responsible Transportation is dropping plans to slaughter horses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture had given the company approval to begin slaughtering horses, and it could have become the first facility on U.S. soil to do so since 2007. According to news reports, the Iowa plant will instead convert to a beef-only operation and seek new federal approval.

Carol Griglione, Iowa state director of The Humane Society of the United States, said: “Responsible Transportation made a smart move by throwing in the towel on horse slaughter. Horse meat is a product of cruelty that Americans don’t want to buy, and horse slaughter pollutes the air and water wherever it occurs. It has no place in Iowa or any other state.”

The HSUS, Front Range Equine Rescue and other horse advocates filed suit against USDA last month challenging the agency’s failure to conduct the required environmental review prior to placing inspectors in horse slaughter plants. Earlier this month, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order to prevent USDA from initiating inspections of horse slaughter plants. At least one other company in the U.S. has been approved by USDA to slaughter horses.

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