Illinois Rep. Jim Sacia introduced a bill in the Illinois State Legislature that would overturn the state ban on horse-slaughter.
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Illinois Horse Meat Act. Restores language that exempted certain types of horse meat from regulation under the Act. Repeals a provision that prohibits the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Amends the Animals Intended for Food Act. Expands the definition of "animal" to include "horses, mules, or other equidae". Amends the Illinois Equine Infectious Anemia Control Act. Allows equidae more than 12 months of age to enter the State for immediate slaughter without a certificate of veterinary inspection. Requires equidae entering the State for immediate slaughter to be accompanied by a consignment direct to slaughter at an approved equine slaughtering establishment. Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act. Creates an exemption from the general prohibition against selling, offering to sell, leading, riding, transporting, or driving on any public way any equidae that, because of debility, disease, lameness or any other cause, could not be worked in this State. Deletes a provision that prohibited injured equidae from being sent directly to a slaughter facility. Amends the Humane Slaughter of Livestock Act. Deletes a provision in the definition of the term "livestock" that excludes "horses, mules, or other equidae to be used in and for the preparation of meat or meat products for consumption by human beings". Imposes conditions on any rulemaking authority. Effective immediately.
Date Chamber Action
2/5/2009 House Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Jim Saciahttp://www.ilga.gov/house/rep.asp?MemberID=1460
Contact Rep. Sacia and the rest of the Illinois State Legislature to remind them that the people of Illinois have already spoken on this matter and the concensus is that the general public will not abide horse-slaughter; http://www.ilga.gov/PLEASE ALSO NOTE
, as a result of a planned state-by-state action formulated by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) (Ag & Energy SubCommittee) several other states are petitioning Congress to oppose national anti-horse slaughter legislation, and are also working within their own state legislatures to BRING BACK horse-slaughter in the USA. Please take the time to sign these petitions also. We must meet them at every turn! Remind them that polls have consistantly shown the majority of Americans are AGAINST horse slaughter; Arizona;
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