After a lengthy legal battle, a federal judge cleared the way for horse slaughter to resume in the United States with a ruling on Friday. U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo threw out a lawsuit brought by The Humane Society of the United States and a group of other animal rights groups, which had sued the USDA, claiming the agency had not investigated the environmental impacts of horse slaughter.
The ruling clears the way for Valley Meat Co. to resume horse slaughter in Roswell, N.M. Valley Meat and Rains Natural Meats of Missouri are set to open on Monday. Any horse meat produced by the plants would be shipped overseas for human consumption or use in animal feed.
The plaintiffs in the suit had secured a temporary restraining order to prevent horse slaughter during the court battle. That order expired on Thursday, but attorneys said the groups would seek an extension.
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