Posted 3/18/04 10:00 p.m.
Updated 3/19/04 9:10 a.m.
For many people, horses are
dignified animals, but in some parts of the
world, they are considered a delicacy.
State Representative Robert
Molaro wants to see that Illinois no longer
plays a part in slaughtering horses for their
meat. "We don't breed horses to slaughter
them for human consumption," Molaro said.
"That's what we're going to outlaw in this
bill, not in this state, not in this country,
and that's what this bill does. It's that
The proposed bill comes at a
time when a slaughtering facility in DeKalb is
preparing to reopen. The plant had burned down a
few years ago.
Horse lovers and animal-rights
activists say the practice is inhumane. But
opponents of the bill disagree. "The
slaughtering method is the same as for other
animals such as cattle and other
livestock," State Senator Brad Burzynski
said in a phone interview with WTVO.
"There is a market for
horse meat overseas," Burzynski added.
"This is not an illegal act."
Burzynski says the bill
ignores the positive impact the facility will
have, such as providing jobs, which will help
boost the local economy.
The bill could come up for
vote as early as next Wednesday.