An Iowa company is dropping plans to slaughter horses in the wake of a federal judge's ruling that temporarily banned the practice as part of a lawsuit filed by animal welfare groups, a company executive said Tuesday.

Responsible Transportation, which owns a slaughterhouse in Sigourney, Iowa, was among two companies that had secured federal permits for horse slaughter. But the Iowa company's president, Keaton Walker, told the Associated Press that his firm cannot afford to wait for more court deliberations and was turning its focus to cattle.

“We just can't sit with our heads down,” Walker said. “We have to get back to work. Our main focus now is going to be beef.”

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