(NAFB)--Parties on both sides of the horse slaughter case want a decision as quickly as possible. The government attorneys representing USDA’s top three food safety officials said this week it’s time to end the court battle that has temporarily banned horse slaughter in the U.S. They asked the U.S. District Court in New Mexico to move immediately to an expedited hearing and ruling on the merits of the case. The attorney for the plaintiffs suing USDA to stop horse slaughter before it can start again - has filed a motion supporting the government’s request. Bruce Wagman represents the Humane Society of the United States and several other animal welfare and horse rescue groups. He has suggested a schedule that could get the issue in the hands of Federal District Court Judge M. Christina Armijo by October 10th.