Sigourney company drops plans to slaughter horses

Company to move to beef-only operations

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A Sigourney company dropped plans to slaughter horses after a judge temporarily banned the process.

A Responsible Transportation official said Tuesday that the company would move to beef-only operations. The company received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in July to slaughter horses.

Several animal rights groups, including Front Range Equine Rescue and the Humane Society of the United States, filed a lawsuit last month against the Agriculture Department, saying the department failed to conduct proper environmental studies before issuing permits to the Sigourney and to a New Mexico business.

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