COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A coalition of animal protection groups is asking a federal court in northern California to block the revival of domestic horse slaughter at commercial processing plants.
A lawsuit filed Monday by the Humane Society of the United States, four other groups and five individuals seeks an emergency injunction to overturn the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recent permit approval for a horse meat plant in Roswell, N.M.
The federal agency on Tuesday approved another equine slaughter operation in Sigourney, Iowa and expects to accept another request later this week. The Humane Society's lawsuit names prospective processing plants in Gallatin and Rockville, Mo.; Woodbury, Tenn.; and Washington, Okla.
Horse slaughterhouses last operated in the U.S. in 2007 before Congress banned the practice by eliminating funding for plant inspections.