Times Daily, Northwest Alabama
May 29, 2004
Ill. Bill to Halt Horse Slaughter
Graphic footage of horses being butchered and a personal appeal
from actress Bo Derek were not enough to persuade Illinois lawmakers on Friday
to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption.
By GINNY SKALSKI
Associated Press Writer
The measure was aimed at keeping the Cavel International Inc. slaughterhouse in
DeKalb - one of only three U.S. slaughterhouses to kill horses for human
consumption - from reopening this spring, more than two years after the building
was destroyed by fire. Belgium-based Cavel exports the horse meat to Europe.
The proposed ban failed in the House on a 51-60 vote.
"I have never seen anything slap Illinois agriculture in the face more than
this bill does," said Republican Rep. Jim Sacia, who argued it would be
wrong to bar the slaughter of any livestock, no matter how unpleasant it looked
Derek, a spokeswoman for the National Horse Protection Coalition, urged
lawmakers last week to ban the practice, and the Senate passed the bill.
Opponents questioned the constitutionality of the measure, saying it would be
wrong to legislate what people can eat.
Rep. Charles Morrow, a Chicago Democrat, also complained about Derek's
involvement, saying: "I find it insulting that we're now governing by