The state with the nation’s last operating horse slaughterhouse made it illegal to kill the animals for human consumption on Thursday.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he was proud to sign the law, calling it “past time to stop slaughtering horses in Illinois.” A slaughterhouse in DeKalb has been shipping horse meat overseas, where it is sold for people to eat. The practice has outraged people who feel horses are more like pets than livestock. A phone call to Cavel International’s plant went unanswered Thursday evening.
Two other horse slaughter plants in Texas were shut down this year.
Illinois lawmakers passed the ban after an appeal from actress Bo Derek. In a statement, she applauded the move. Link