U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo issued a restraining order Friday that temporarily halts two companies from beginning to slaughter horses next week.
The Des Moines Register reports that Armijo issued a restraining order in the lawsuit brought forward by the Humane Society of the United States and several other groups that contend the Department of Agriculture failed to do the proper environmental studies before issuing permits that allowed companies in Iowa and New Mexico to open horse slaughterhouses.
Armijo scheduled another hearing for Monday in the case.
Keaton Walker, president of Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa, one of the facilities that intended to process horses, had said he wanted the plant to begin processing horses as soon as Monday. Walker told the Register prior to the decision that should an injunction be issued, “we would have to evolve as a company and look to beef processing instead.”
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