July 5, 2013
FEDERAL INSPECTION PERMITTED AT 2 HORSE PLANTS…..An Iowa company says it has been granted an inspection permit from the USDA to slaughter horses. It is the second plant this week to receive approval from the Agency's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) – the first one is in New Mexico and a third plant, located in Gallatin, Missouri, (in northwest Missouri), reportedly could receive a permit this week. Because Congress lifted the ban on funding of federal inspection of horse slaughter plants in 2011 – the agency is by law required to make sure the facilities meet the requirements of the Federal Meat Inspection Act.
LAWSUIT FILED TO BLOCK HORSE SLAUGHTER…..In response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to allow horse slaughter facilities to resume operating on U.S. soil, animal protection organizations have filed suit against the agency and asked for an immediate injunction. The Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue, Marin Humane Society, Horses for Life Foundation, Return to Freedom and five private individuals are suing under the National Environmental Protection Act, due to the agency's failure to conduct the necessary environmental review before authorizing horse slaughterhouses to operate.
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