Regional
8:06 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Bond To Be Decided In Horse Slaughter Case

The animal rights groups that won a temporary ban on domestic horse slaughter expect to find out Thursday how much bond they must post to ensure their legal challenge can proceed.

The Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue and others won a temporary restraining order last week that blocked plans by companies in Roswell, N.M., and Sigourney, Iowa, to start slaughtering horses.

The groups must post a bond to cover the companies' losses should they lose their lawsuit, which challenges the U.S. Department of Agriculture's June decision to open the plants.

The attorney representing Valley Meat Co. in Roswell says he will seek at least $10 million.

The bond hearing was initially scheduled for Monday, but federal Magistrate Robert Scott says he needed more time to hear arguments.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.