A Federal judge is allowing the American Quarter Horse Association to put the registration of clones and their offspring on hold until an appellate court rules.
U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson granted AQHA’s motion in part. Her Order, released Monday, specifies AQHA must immediately develop appropriate rules for the registration of clones and their offspring.
AQHA is appealing the case and asked for a stay of the Order requiring the immediate registration of clones and their offspring due to the costs associated with implementing the new system.
A 10-person jury ruled in August that the breed association violated state and federal antitrust laws by conspiring to bar cloned horses from its registry. Jason Abraham and veterinarian Gregg Veneklasen, both of Texas, brought the suit in 2012.
The plaintiffs opposed the AQHA’s Motion for Stay and argued the AQHA is not likely to win its appeal.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans will hear the appeal.