Sadly, the judge extended the injunction allowing Cavel horse slaughter plant to remain open until he rules or until June 28,2007 whichever comes first.
Attorneys for the plant said that closing the plant would deprive 55 people of jobs and is unconstitutional because it violates interstate and foreign commerce clauses of the Constitution. many welfare groups were represented and all of their representatives and attorneys were disappointed in the ruling.
If the judge rules that the new Illinois law banning horse slaughter is unconstitutional expect challenges to be filed once again in Texas and in California. Our best hope is that the federal bills will be passed quickly and take the decision away from the judge, as he seems to be allowing the plant great latitude.
For more information on the issue of horse slaughter visit our website at www.AHDF.org.