Court ruling shuts down Illinois slaughter plant

29 03 2007

Horse Trailer Photo 2, originally uploaded by EquineGuardian.

A federal appeals court’s decision Wednesday to block the Agriculture Department from providing horse meat inspections for a fee has repercussions for an Illinois plant.

The decision in a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society of the United States also is another setback for the horse slaughter industry overall.

In January, a federal appeals court upheld a 1949 Texas ban on the slaughter of horses for the purpose of selling the meat for human consumption overseas. The ruling forced two plants in Texas to scale back operations.

Wayne Pacelle, president of the humane society, said Wednesday’s ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia effectively shuts down operations at Cavel International Inc. in DeKalb, Ill., the only plant still fully operating in the U.S.

Congress stripped funding for horse meat inspections in 2005, but the USDA devised a plan to provide the inspections for a fee for slaughter plants. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, found the USDA did not follow federal procedures for setting up the inspection fee program. Link

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4 responses

31 07 2007
John

Great court win.

13 10 2007
STEPHANIE

wow this is sad …i hope that people that do this to their horse someday have something bad happen to them…too… who are they to send there best friends in a trailer like this to a dirty lice infested place where they will spend the last day of there life *Sobb*… i wish that people would stop!!!!!….it makes me so mad and sad at the same time!..but yett they still will not stop horse slaghter in the u.s…. :*(

13 10 2007
STEPHANIE

NV… this is the girl fro the one above the pic is sad but its great they shut it down!!… that makes me happy again !!.. …. i hope the stut them all down so none of are u.s horses have to be killed to feed other countrys.. they can find there own food…srry for some people~~

30 10 2007
Rachel

Thats great that the did shut it down the worst thing in the world to me is the slaughter of horses. I read somewhere that said that you cant put a price on life but they dfo in horses how is that any different than us. I read that, and thought “how true”. So this is only a start we have many to go. But you know what it all will end!!!

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