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Plaintiffs object to bond in horse slaughter case

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Animal welfare groups suing to stop a return to domestic horse slaughter are objecting to a court order that they post a nearly half-million-dollar bond Friday.

Attorneys for the Humane Society of the United States filed a motion arguing their lawsuit is against the federal government, not the companies that were recently permitted to begin slaughtering horses.

The groups last month won a temporary restraining order to halt plans by Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., and Responsible Transportation of Sigourney, Iowa, to open their plants this month. And they were then ordered to post the bond to cover the companies' losses should they lose their case.

But the groups argue their case was filed against the Department of Agriculture over its permitting process, not the companies.

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