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We have just received word that Judge Christina Armijo of the 10th District Court in New Mexico has issued her decision in regards to the HSUS request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that prevents USDA from sending inspectors to horse processing facilities.  This TRO will be in force for a short term while a decision on a Preliminary Injunction, which would be in force until the underlying lawsuit is settled, will be decided upon in about a month.

The fight goes on. While disappointing, this is really just the very first skirmish in what will inevitably be a long haul. We have proven already by our progress to this point that the horse industry will not lay down and die. We will not quit. We will continue to fight to our dying breath to preserve our way of life, to protect our horses, to protect our lands, and our freedoms.

A bond hearing will be held in the next week or two which will establish the financial loss that the plants will stand to lose if we are not allowed to operate. HSUS will be required to put up that bond. Bonds that they will forfeit if we ultimately prevail.

We will also be preparing to appeal this Judge's decision, as her determination today was made on grounds that attorneys believe have no basis in law. It is also my understanding that there are, in fact, Supreme Court decisions to the contrary which this Judge chose to ignore today.

In the meantime, if there was ever a need for the horse industry, the states, the tribes, the counties, and everyone who cares about the continued existence of a horse industry in any form in this country to come together, and to support this effort with dollars and dedication...that time is now!

Do not weaken. Nobody ever said this was going to be easy. We have proved time after time that a few stalwart souls who are willing to stand up and tell the truth can make a difference. Don't stop!

Thank you to all of you who have stepped up your personal efforts to communicate with political leaders and the public. A special tip of the hat and hearty appreciation goes out to the tribal leaders who have elevated an opposing view to the animal rights rhetoric that is, finally, catching the attention of the media. Hopefully those heartfelt and common sense messages will start percolating through the national conversation surrounding this issue.

As always, if you have comments or questions, please contact me at


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Sue Wallis is a rancher and Wyoming State Representative who is the U.S. Chairman of the International Equine Business Association.


The International Equine Business Association is formed to serve the horse businesses and families of the World by protecting their economic, legislative, regulatory, judicial, environmental, custom and cultural interests. 
The Association promotes the role of the horse industry in resource stewardship, animal care, and in the production of high-quality, safe, nutritious meat, and other products. 
The purpose of the Association is to serve as a production agriculture association for the equine species, to mutually protect the international horse industry, and to promote the use of horses and equine products in commercial enterprises.  

Sue Wallis, United States . Bill des Barres, Canada
Olivier Kemseke, Eurpean Union, Mexico, Argentina


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