Readers Respond: Double-Decker Dilemma

November 13, 2007

More than 2,400 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Do you support federal legislation banning equine transport in double-decker trailers for any purpose?"

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Horse Export Numbers Bring Focus Back to Federal Slaughter Ban

October 08, 2007

A Sept. 30 article and photographs in the Houston Chronicle examining horse slaughter procedures in Mexico has shifted the attention of animal welfare... Read More


Springsteen Sued Over Nixed Horse Sale

October 07, 2007

Bruce Springsteen and his wife are being sued, accused of backing out of a contract to buy a horse worth $850,000 for their teenage daughter.

Olympic equestrian Todd Minikus filed the breach of contract lawsuit Thursday in Florida's Palm Beach... Read More


Horse Slaughter: U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Illinois Ban

September 21, 2007

Cavel International of DeKalb, Ill., the nation's last active horse slaughter plant, will again be shuttered. A three-judge panel from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in support of a lower court's earlier decision on the... Read More


State of the Industry

September 01, 2007

The changing dynamics of the horse industry in the United States can be likened to the ocean tides. At high tide there were somewhere between 25 and 27 million equines in this country. At low tide, that number dipped to under four million. Today,... Read More


House Rejects Funding for Horse Slaughter Plant Inspections

August 03, 2007

The U.S. House voted once more to stop spending money on inspections of horse slaughter plants.

The measure, approved late Thursday, was part of a $91 billion spending bill for farm subsidies and nutrition programs.

Two horse... Read More


Language Eliminating Funding for Horse Quarantine, Inspection Nixed from Bill

August 03, 2007

Weeks of lobbying by the horse industry were successful the evening of Aug. 2, when the United States House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to remove from the Agriculture Appropriations Act language that could have stymied transportation of... Read More


Slaughter: Cavel Preparing to Resume Operations

July 20, 2007

The nation's last horse processing plant in DeKalb can reopen while it challenges a state law that forced it to close twice in the last two months, a federal appeals court ruled.

Operations at the Cavel International Inc. facility had... Read More


Slaughter: U.S. Circuit Court Decision Allows Cavel to Resume Operations

July 19, 2007

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a motion by Cavel International, allowing the plant to temporarily resume horse slaughter operations, the Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL) announced July 18.

In late May... Read More


Slaughter: Cavel Challenge Dismissed; Appeal Possible

July 06, 2007

The last United States plant that slaughtered horses for human consumption will remain closed after a federal judge July 5 dismissed its challenge to the state law that shut it down.... Read More


Cavel Horse Slaughter Facility to Close, Again

June 29, 2007

A federal judge Thursday refused a request from the nation's last operating horse slaughterhouse to remain open, but a legal dispute over a state ban on killing horses for food isn't over.

Cavel International Inc.'s site in DeKalb,... Read More


Horse Slaughter and the Commerce Clause

June 23, 2007

When United States District Judge Frederick Kapala extended a temporary restraining order allowing an Illinois horse slaughterhouse to continue operating through June 28, the decision was characterized by many people as a statement on the... Read More


New York Senate Passes State Horse Slaughter Bill

June 22, 2007

The New York state Senate recently passed legislation to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) noted in a statement. The Senate bill, S01462, was passed by a vote of 60-1. The bill,... Read More


Taking the 'Un' Out of Unwanted Horses

June 20, 2007

The Unwanted Horse Coalition hopes to step up awareness and engage the entire horse industry in its "own responsibly" campaign.

The coalition, made up of industry organizations... Read More


Cavel Restraining Order Expiring; Ruling on Temporary Operation Expected

June 14, 2007

DeKalb, Ill., is home to the last remaining plant in the United States where horses are slaughtered for human consumption. Except for a portion sold to U.S. zoos, the horsemeat is shipped to be eaten by diners overseas.

The state banned such... Read More


Cavel Slaughter Plant Restraining Order: Judge Grants 10 Day Extension

June 14, 2007

A federal judge extended a temporary order allowing an Illinois horse slaughterhouse to remain in operation while it challenges a state law that would force it to close.

Cavel International Inc.'s site in DeKalb, Ill., is the last remaining... Read More


Illinois Horse Slaughter Plant to Reopen

June 01, 2007

A federal judge ruled Friday that Illinois' only horse slaughter plant could temporarily resume operations while challenging a state law that forced it to close last week.

Belgian-owned Cavel International Inc. filed a lawsuit May 25 claiming ... Read More


Illinois Governor Signs Anti-Slaughter Legislation

May 25, 2007

The state with the nation's last operating horse slaughterhouse has made it illegal to kill the animals for human consumption.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said May 24 he was proud to sign the law, calling it "past time to stop slaughtering... Read More


Texas Horse Slaughter Plants Stay Shut

May 23, 2007

Two of the nation's three horse slaughter plants appear likely to remain closed after they were apparently denied reprieve by the state Legislature, then turned away by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Texas House let a deadline of midnight... Read More


Illinois Senate Approves Ban on Horse Slaughter

May 17, 2007

The Illinois Senate approved a ban on slaughtering horses for human consumption Wednesday, sending the legislation to the governor.

The proposal, which won the Senate's approval 39-16, would stop a DeKalb plant from continuing to ship... Read More


Slaughter: Change to Texas Senate Bill would Steer Around Ban

May 11, 2007

A change quietly tucked into a state Senate bill approved this week seeks to sidestep a 58-year-old Texas law preventing the slaughter of horses for consumption of their meat.

Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, inserted an amendment into a bill on... Read More


Illinois Slaughter Bill Passed in Senate Committee

May 08, 2007

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... Read More


Horse Slaughter to Resume In Illinois

May 07, 2007

As the result of a federal court ruling, the horse slaughter plant in DeKalb, Ill., will temporarily be able to resume business.

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit May 1 granted Cavel... Read More


Accident on the Way to the Slaughterhouse Ends Up Rescuing a Handful of Horses

April 29, 2007

The new foal is so tall he has trouble tucking his long, white legs underneath him to nap.

Considering where he came from, the colt called Baby can rest easy.

New life has sprung from a gruesome middle-of-the-night wreck of a... Read More


Slaughter Bills Advancing in Congress

April 26, 2007

Congress is moving again to put a stop to the slaughter of horses even after legal rulings that have shut down the country's three slaughter plants.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved a bill banning horse... Read More