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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ind. Decisions - More on: 7th Circuit decision on validity of Illinois Horse Meat Act

The Chicago Tribune today has a brief item on the 7th Circuit ruling yesterday in the case of Carvel International v. Madigan

ILLINOIS - A federal appellate court panel on Friday upheld the constitutionality of an Illinois law that prohibits the slaughter of horses for human consumption. The ruling effectively shuts down a DeKalb horse-slaughtering plant, the last facility of its kind in the country. Cavel International Inc., a Belgium-based company, kills horses and ships meat overseas for human consumption. Plant officials declined to comment on Friday's ruling. Cavel's attorney, J. Philip Calabrese, said he and the company are evaluating whether to further appeal the matter. Cavel had asked the court to invalidate a statute signed in May that prohibited the slaughter of horses for human consumption and the possession, import or export of horse meat for humans. Cavel also argued the state law discriminates against foreign commerce. The appellate panel expressed some reluctance in its decision, saying in its opinion that "... we are not entirely happy about having to uphold the Illinois statute." But it concluded that the law does not improperly discriminate and does not significantly interfere with interstate or foreign commerce. The appellate opinion noted that the Illinois law does not prohibit the slaughter of horses for animal food. The Cavel plant at one time slaughtered about 1,000 horses a week, according to plant officials.
See ILB summary here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 22, 2007 11:28 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions