The state of Illinois which had the nation’s last operating horse slaughterhouse has now made it illegal to kill horses for human consumption. The slaughterhouse had been shipping meat overseas. The Illinois governor was proud to sign the bill and and said that it was “past time to stop slaughtering horses in Illinois.” Opponents of the law say that the horses are humanely euthanized and that horses should be treated the same as cattle or other farm animals.
Update: Now a federal judge has ruled the horse slaughter plant can temporarily resume its operations while this anti-slaughter law is being challenged for being unconstitutional. Cavel International Inc., a Belgian company, has filed a lawsuit claiming that the “state has no constitutional authority to ban the slaughter of a particular species because some people object on moral grounds. The suit also says the law would restrain interstate and international commerce and infringe on federal authority over slaughterhouses.” A judge granted a temporary restraining order that would prevent state and county officials from enforcing the ban while the suit is ongoing. The restraining order expires after June 14.
(Thanks Ann and Susan)