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.
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