Illinois Slaughter Bill Passed in Senate Committee

An Illinois Senate Committee voted 7-0 on May 8 to pass a bill banning horse slaughter for human consumption. The Humane Society of the United States applauded the Senate Committee and urged the full Senate to pass the legislation.

The bill, H.B. 1711, passed the Illinois House last month and now moves to the full Senate. Governor Rod Blagojevich supports the bill and has lobbied in favor of its passage.

The Cavel International facility in DeKalb, Ill., is the only horse slaughter plant currently operating. The plant was shut down last month after a federal court ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture could not provide inspections of horses about to be slaughtered. An appeals court stayed the ruling, temporarily allowing the DeKalb plant to resume operations until an appeal could be heard.

On the federal level, U.S. Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-9/Ill.) is leading the effort in the U.S. Congress to pass a separate bill, H.R. 503, which would ban horse slaughter for human consumption nationwide.

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