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Plaintiffs object to bond in horse slaughter case

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Valley Meat Co.  (AP Photo - Jeri Clausing) Valley Meat Co. (AP Photo - Jeri Clausing)
By JERI CLAUSING
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Animal welfare groups suing to stop a return to domestic horse slaughter on Friday posted a nearly $500,000 bond to keep a temporary ban in effect.

But the groups are fighting the court order that requires them to cover potential losses by the slaughterhouses should the organizations ultimately lose their lawsuit.

Attorneys for the Humane Society of the United States and others argue the bond should not be required because their case is against the federal government and its permitting process, not the companies that were recently given permission to begin slaughtering horses.

The groups last month won a temporary restraining order to halt plans by Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., and Responsible Transportation of Sigourney, Iowa, to open their plants this month.

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