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Judge upholds ban on horse slaughter

A federal judge upheld Illinois’ new ban on horse slaughter Thursday, ruling against the Belgian company that has operated a horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb since 1987. U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Kapala ruled that Cavel International failed to prove the law is unconstitutional or violates established federal laws, arguments Cavel made in a May 25 suit asking the court to declare the law unconstitutional and prevent it from being enforced. “It is constitutional. The law is valid and enforceable,” DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney John Farrell said. “This is what we were hoping he would enter last week instead of the judgment he did enter, which suspended the case pending the outcome of the Humane Society’s appeal.” On June 25,

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