Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Being a horse lover

Being a horse lover and using horses in all of my novels, I was thrilled to read the following from BloodHorse.com

Court Rejects Horse Slaughter Ban Appeal

Updated: Tuesday June 17, 8:57 AM
Posted: Monday June 16, 12:47 PM
The Supreme Court has declined an appeal from the owners of a horse slaughtering plant who challenged an Illinois law prohibiting the killing of horses for human consumption.

Cavel International closed its plant in DeKalb, Ill. last year after a federal appeals court upheld the ban. The company urged the justices to step in to allow the facility to reopen. The court did not comment on its order June 16.

The plant was the last horse slaughterhouse in the United States. About 40,000 to 60,000 horses were processed there annually, and most of the meat was shipped to be eaten by diners overseas.

Two other U.S. plants, both in Texas, also closed in 2007.

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