It was the third time in five months that the horse plants were scrambling to open. Valley, which led the effort to resume domestic horse slaughter two years ago after Congress lifted its ban on the practice, along with Rains and Responsible, were preparing to open in August when The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups sued to contest the Department of Agriculture\’s permitting process.
A federal judge in Albuquerque issued a temporary restraining order, prompting the Iowa company to convert its operations to beef. But U.S. District Judge Christine Armijo threw out the lawsuit in November, allowing all three companies to proceed.
The animal protection groups filed an immediate appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which issued an emergency motion that again blocked the plants from opening. The appellate court lifted that order late Friday, saying the groups \”failed to meet their burden for an injunction pending appeal.\”
Dunn said it could be six months before there is a final ruling in the case, but he called the action good news and a sign the appeals judges found it unlikely that the animal protection groups would be able to prevail.
The Humane Society said \”the fight for America\’s horses is not over.\”
According to the research, Namwala contains a large degree of genetic variation amongst M. tuberculosis strains in humans and the bacteria isolated from humans and cattle are respectively related. Because the bacterium is found in cattle, the animals may be a reservoir for human tuberculosis. Humans may become infected with M. tuberculosis and M. bovis by eating untested meat and by drinking unpasteurized milk.Malama concludes that health authorities, cattle owners and wildlife managers must work together to stop zoonotic TB in Namwala and its bordering areas. He said a one health approach adapted to local needs should be employed to control the spread of TB in the area.The incidence of all forms of human TB in Zambia is estimated to be 444 infections per 100,000 people.