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Horse Slaughter Operations Resume in Illinois

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has granted a motion by Cavel International, allowing it to resume horse slaughter operations at its Illinois plant. Cavel was previously shut down in June, when the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied the same request. Immediately following the passage in May of a new Illinois law that makes it a crime to slaughter horses for human consumption, Cavel filed suit in federal court to challenge the mandate's enforceability. On July 5, the U.S. District Court ruled that the law was constitutional and thus, enforceable.

However, Cavel has appealed that decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals, and while the appeal is pending, the slaughterhouse will be able to slaughter horses for human consumption. The U.S. Court of Appeals granted Cavelís request without a hearing, just two days after the slaughterhouse filed its motion.

"We would have liked an opportunity to oppose Cavelís request before the Court handed down its decision, and we are certainly disappointed with this ruling," said Tracy Silverman, an attorney with the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI).

Courtesy: The HorseTV Channel News, http://www.horsetv.com


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