Judge Orders Nearly $500,000 Bond From Charities in Slaughter Suit
U.S. Magistrate Robert Scott ordered The Humane Society of the United States and a collection of other rescue groups to pony up just under $500,000 in bond on Thursday to continue their suit against two slaughterhouses. The money is to compensate the slaughterhouses, based in New Mexico and Iowa, for their losses over the next 30 days while their business is stalled by the lawsuit.
Attorneys for the two companies claimed their clients' losses amount to over $1.5 million per month, and will climb higher the longer the suit drags on.
A temporary restraining order was issued against horse slaughter at the two facilities after the rescue groups brought suit, claiming that the U.S. Department of Agriculture failed to do proper environmental impact studies on the practice before issuing permits to the businesses. A hearing will be held within the next month to determine whether the ban will continue.
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