November 4, 2013
Horse Advocates File Emergency Appeal to Block Horse Slaughter
*** NOV. 5 UPDATE: The federal court of appeals issued an order temporarily blocking the resumption of horse slaughter in the United States while the appeals case is considered.
A coalition of advocates has appealed a federal court ruling clearing the way for horse slaughter to resume on U.S. soil. Plaintiffs in the case are The Humane Society of the United States and Front Range Equine Rescue, the state of New Mexico and other individuals. The groups also asked the Federal Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to block all horse slaughter inspections until the appeal is resolved.
The legal action is intended to block USDA inspections at horse slaughter plants in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa based on the agency’s failure to conduct the necessary environmental review before authorizing horse slaughterhouses to operate. Meanwhile, federal legislation moves through Congress to permanently ban the slaughter of American horses—both at domestic plants and abroad. The HSUS is urgently calling on Congress to pass the Safeguard American Food Exports Act to accomplish this ban. Congress should also include language in appropriations legislation that outlaws the use of taxpayer dollars to fund inspections at horse slaughter facilities.