One of the companies prepared to start up a new horse slaughterhouse, Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa, has dropped out of the game. Owners said they could not justify waiting because the loss of revenue is too damaging in the current economy. They are now planning to open the facility as a cattle slaughterhouse.

With the temporary restraining order in force, the facilities’ grants of inspection are now considered invalid until the lawsuit judgment is issued. Federal inspectors are barred from inspection activities or any other procedures involving the companies until the court reaches a decision.

Federal Judge Christina Armijo, who granted the restraining order, says she still plans on calling a full hearing on the plaintiff's initial preliminary injunction request within the next 30 days.


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