The attorney representing newly licensed horse slaughter plants in Iowa and New Mexico says the plants are set to open August 5th.
But according to report in the Sioux City (IA) Journal, those plans hinge on an August 2nd court date before a federal judge in New Mexico overseeing a lawsuit by animal rights groups. The Humane Society of the United States and others filed the suit against the USDA, alleging it failed to conduct the proper environmental reviews before issuing permits for Valley Meat of Roswell, New Mexico and Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa.
The judge will decide whether to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the plants from opening. They would be the first horse slaughterhouses to operate domestically since 2007.