A federal appeals court has temporarily halted plans to resume domestic horse slaughter. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver Monday issued a temporary injunction barring the Department of Agriculture from inspecting the plants.
Slaughterhouses in Missouri and New Mexico had hoped to start up as soon as this week after a federal judge in Albuquerque on Friday threw out a lawsuit by The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups.
The groups filed an immediate appeal and won the emergency injunction.
The order continues the on-again, off-again plans to resume domestic horse slaughter six years after Congress cut funding for inspectors, forcing the last big slaughterhouses to close.