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Horse slaughter plants at a standstill
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Horse slaughter plants are once again at a standstill.
A federal appeal court has banned inspectors from the two companies in New Mexico and Missouri, keeping them from re-starting production.
The plants have been fighting to reopen since congress restored funding for inspections in 2011. But they have faced several lawsuits, including one from animal protection groups, but that case was dismissed last week.
It's not clear how long the injunction will last.
The meat from the plants would be shipped abroad to countries for human consumption or animal feed.