An Iowa meat plant that was approved to slaughter horses has no immediate plans to do so, despite an appeals-court ruling that allowed the company to proceed. Keaton Walker, the founder and CEO of Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, said Monday that he was still reviewing options with his lawyers.
A federal appeals court lifted a temporary ban on domestic horse slaughter last week, clearing the way for Walker’s company and others in New Mexico and Missouri. The companies are fighting a lawsuit filed by The Humane Society of the United States and other groups.
Walker says that he may sell the company, because his beef operation is struggling against better-established competitors. He says he expects to decide by early January.