Earlier this week the Humane Society of the United States filed suit against the US Department of Agriculture to block their decision to resume horse slaughter in the US. And according to HSUS’ website, because of the legal action taken by HSUS and Front Range Equine Rescue, horse slaughter inspections will now be delayed for several weeks.
Jonathan Loworn, senior vice president and chief counsel for animal protection litigation at HSUS says USDA’s decision to re-open facilities in New Mexico, Missouri, and Iowa without conducting an environmental review is irresponsible and a violation of federal law. HSUS claims horse slaughter plants pollute local water bodies with blood and offal, permeate the air with foul stenches, and diminish property values.
Sue Wallis with the International Equine Business Association says it’s ludicrous to call for a full environmental study for three small plants which she could have implications for the nation’s entire meat industry.
Wallis says, “Just because they change the species of large mammal that is being processed inside those four walls, you can imagine what opportunity that would give for HSUS, et al, to litigate, litigate, litigate and tie up our entire food production system.”
Wallis says animal rights activists are falling over themselves trying to make something stick. She tells Brownfield, “Quite frankly, I don’t think it’s going anywhere.”
USDA granted inspection permits to an Iowa company earlier this week and to a New Mexico company last week. A third plant, located in northwest Missouri was rumored to receive a permit this week.