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Efforts to Block Horse Slaughter in the U.S. Will Continue

The Humane Society of the United States will appeal judge’s ruling

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  • The HSUS won't stop fighting to save horses, like this one who is too sick even to stand while being transported to slaughter. USDA

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."

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