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


House Votes to Prevent Commercial Slaughter of Wild Horses, Burros

April 26, 2007

The House voted Thursday to prevent the government from selling off for slaughter any wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West.

The 277-137 vote would restore a 1971 law preventing the Bureau of Land Management from selling... Read More


Illinois House Approves State Slaughter Ban

April 19, 2007

After several failures, state lawmakers have advanced a star-powered measure to outlaw slaughtering horses for human consumption in Illinois.

The House voted 74-41 Wednesday for the measure aimed at closing down the Cavel International Inc.... Read More


Slaughter: Cavel Horses Likely Transported to Canada

April 02, 2007

Two hundred horses are likely on their way to Canadian slaughterhouses now that a court ruling has indefinitely shut down the last three horse slaughterhouses in the United States, including one in DeKalb, Ill., a state official said.

A... Read More


Court Blocks Horse Meat Inspections

March 29, 2007

A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked the Agriculture Department from providing horse meat inspections for a fee.

The decision in a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society of the United States is another setback for the horse slaughte... Read More


Debate Concerning Horse Abandonment Continues

March 26, 2007

The Associated Press today (March 26) released a new article by Jeffrey McMurray concerning horse abandonment in Eastern Kentucky and the alleged link to the closure of U.S. slaughter facilities.

The new story, which can be read via Read More


HSUS Files Notice of Intent to Sue Slaughter Facility Over Water Pollution

March 22, 2007

The Humane Society of the United States has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Cavel International horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb, Ill., for repeatedly violating the federal Clean Water Act. Cavel is the only location in the United State... Read More


Humane Society Refutes Horse Abandonment Claims

March 18, 2007

The Humane Society of the United States released a statement on March 16 stating that recent claims that thousands of horses have been abandoned in Kentucky are unfounded, and is calling it a campaign of fear mongering by a foreign-owned horse... Read More


Lack of Options Leading to Increase in Horse Abandonment

March 14, 2007

The bidding for the black pony started at $500, then took a nosedive.

There were no takers at $300, $200, even $100. With a high bid of just $75, the auctioneer gave the seller the choice of taking the animal off the auction block. But the... Read More


Wild Horse Protection Bill Passed by House Committee

March 08, 2007

Legislation to outlaw the commercial sale and slaughter of America's wild horses was passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee yesterday (March 7).

H.R. 249 seeks to restore permanent federal protections for wild horses and burros... Read More