Update April 1, 2009: The Illinois House has tabled H.B. 583, Rep. Jim Sacia’s bill to repeal the 2007 horse slaughter ban.
Good news for the horses. Rep. Sacia was not able to put together the 60 votes needed to pass this measure. Sources say the bill is dead for this year.Â
Read Animal Law Coalition’s original report for more on this bill.Â
Original report: The Illinois bill, H.B. 583, that would repeal the 2007 ban on horse slaughter, is now out of the Rules Committee and has once again passed the Agriculture Committee.
An amendment added to the bill would create an Equine Assistance Rescue Fund which would theoretically provide funds for equine rescue organizations and increase facilities andÂ programs for the care and maintenance of rescued horses. But the plan is to fund this, in part, through a $25 per horse fee for each horse slaughtered in Illinois.Â
Rep. Jim Sacia has also introduced ILHR 160, a resolution calling for the defeat of the pending federalanti-slaughter bill, H.R. 503.Â Go here for more on similar resolutions introduced in other states.
Click here to find Illinois representatives,Â and then click on their names and write or call each one and urge them to vote no onÂ H.B. 583 and HR 160. Do it now. Please be polite!
Tell Illinois legislators: The voters in Illinois already rejected horse slaughter in 2007 and don’t want to see it return to the state.Â Horse slaughter is cruel and barbaric and has no place in American culture.Â Banning horse slaughter does not lead to an increase in abandonedÂ horses; that is a myth. Horse slaughter is driven by a demand for horse meat in foreign countries. It is a for profit business that should not be subsidized by Illinois taxpayers. Also, it is a seedy practice that leads to an increase in horse theft.Â Vote no on H.B. 583 and H.R. 160.Â
Rep. Jim SaciaÂ introduced this same bill last session to try to repeal of the 2007 state law banning horse slaughter. That state law helped shut down the horse slaughter facility in Dekalb, Illinois.
Rep. Sacia’s bill, H.B. 583, would also allow horses destined for slaughter for human consumption to be shipped into the state for slaughter with no certificate of veterinary inspection contrary to current state law governing horses. 510 ILCS 65/4Â The new law would also exempt downed, sick, diseased, lame or disabled horses from the requirements of the Humane Care for Animals Act governing animals in this condition. Â Â 510 ILCS 70/5, 7.5
This meansÂ Rep. Sacia and the interests he represents in the horse slaughter underworld understand that horse slaughter is brutal and cruel and so would want toÂ exempt their sordid practice from the animal cruelty laws and inspection requirements.