Cavel appeal heard; no ruling issued yet
CHICAGO - The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday but has not yet issued a ruling about the constitutionality of an Illinois law that bans horse slaughter in the state for human consumption - a law that could close the Cavel International facility in DeKalb.
Owners of Cavel International filed the appeal after U.S. District Judge Frederick Kapala ruled July 5 that the Belgium-based business did not prove the new law was unconstitutional. Although Cavel had been closed after that ruling, the plant is allowed to operate while the appeal is being considered.
Mary Welsh, who spoke on behalf of the Illinois Attorney General's Office, said the state made a rational decision to enact the ban as a way to protect horses, which