HORSE SLAUGHTER IN ILLINOIS
January 9, 2004
Contact: Gail Vacca, 815-761-4937, firstname.lastname@example.org
Horse slaughterhouse continues with plans to reopen
For almost 24 hours, cheers were heard in Illinois that horses would be safe from slaughter for human consumption with or without enacting SB 1921 into law. On January 7, 2004, several Illinois State Representatives and Senators were responding to concerns about horse slaughter with the positive news that they had been assured by the Illinois Department of Agriculture that Cavel would not reopen in Illinois.
Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-Dist. 32) wrote to a constituent "The Belgian-based, Cavel Corporation, has voluntarily relinquished the license that was issued to them for the opening of this company. The Illinois Department of Agriculture advised me that Cavel had returned the license and will not reapply in Illinois."
The jubilation was premature and based on false statements according to Jim Tucker, of Cavel International. He stated in a telephone conversation today that the information provided Sen. Althoff by the Illinois Department of Agriculture was false. He said that not only is Cavel proceeding with construction of the horse slaughter plant in DeKalb, Illinois, they have already reapplied for their license.
Tucker stated he did not know why or how the Agriculture Department could have given out incorrect information. According to Tucker, Cavel has not changed their plans to fight the proposed bill to ban slaughter for human consumption.
Sen. Althoff's office is investigating the source of the misleading communication and expected to make a statement after the investigation is complete.
Concerned Illinois residents, racing associations, horse rescue farms, members of the National Horse Protection Coalition, and others continue to phone, fax, and email the Illinois Legislature about supporting SB 1921, Rep. Molaro's amendment to make horse slaughter for human consumption illegal in the state of Illinois. The bill is expected to be called for a vote during the session starting January 14, 2004.