Plaintiffs Post $500K Bond in Horse Slaughter Case

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Animal welfare groups that are fighting to keep horse slaughterhouses closed in the U.S. have posted a $500,000 bond that a federal judge ordered last week in order to keep a temporary ban on the facilities in place.

Late last week, U.S. Magistrate Robert Scott ordered that the Humane Society of the United States and a collection of other rescue groups pay the bond while the temporary ban is in place. The bond is to compensate the two facilities, one in New Mexico and the other in Iowa, for their losses over the next 30 days while their businesses are shuttered during the lawsuit.

The Associated Press reports that attorneys for the plaintiffs argue that the bond “should not be required because their case is against the federal government and its permitting process, not the companies that were recently given permission to begin slaughtering horses.”

Earlier this week, one of the facilities, Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa, dropped its plans to process horse meat, saying that the delay would be too expensive. Operators of the plant have decided to convert to cattle processing instead.

Read more at ABC News

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  • 14151617

    All HSUS haters.This is what they do wth the money they take in.Plus lobby for changes in laws,etc.
    They are not your local ASPCA animal shelter.

  • ajb

    Too bad they had to put up what is essentially “blood money”. But good they had resources to do so.

  • giftoffaith

    Thank you to the HSUS and the others who are fighting for our equines. Thankfully, the money is available, blood money, to post the required bond. If not, there would be no hope for our wonderful equines. Please keep up the good fight.

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