FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Anti-Horse Slaughter Legislation Reintroduced in
A Belgian company, Cavel International, runs a horse slaughter plant near
When I read about the
Jan. 20th 5th Circuit Court decision upholding a longstanding
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) and the Illinois Department of Agriculture supported a similar bill when it was last introduced, and it is anticipated that they will support it again. Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D) is leading the federal effort with a bill cosponsored by Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY). Similar legislation is pending in the U.S. Senate.
In May of 2004 a similar bill easily passed the Illinois Senate, but was narrowly defeated in the House because of an unrelated issue. This year, we are confident the legislation will clear both houses and be signed into law by Governor Blagojevich, said Chris Heyde, deputy legislative director of the Society for Animal Protective Legislation. "Horse owners, veterinarians, residents of Illinois and the American people want an end to slaughter, and Illinois legislators are standing up to end this cruel industry. We commend State Rep. Molaro and Congresswoman Schakowsky for their leadership."
The Society for Animal Protective Legislation, the Animal Welfare Institute's legislative arm, is the unsurpassed leader in obtaining laws to benefit animals in need, including the protection of domestic and wild horses. More information is available at www.saplonline.org/horses.htm.