Thursday, February 26, 2009


We all need to put a stop to the lies and deceit that Representative Sacia of Illinois is telling legislation of Illinois and the people of Illinois. He is not giving accurate facts about horse slaughter, and he needs to be stopped! Please read the documentary below from an organization called "American's Against Horse Slaughter". We need to take action now! So please be the horses voice and make calls to the legislative committee in Illinois and plead with them not to support Rep. Sacia's bill H.R.583. Thank you in advance for your support.

Dear Americans Against Horse Slaughter Members,

The following is just in from AWI. Illinois needs our help now! Although this alert is aimed at Illinois constituents, this is a National issue. Please read the following urgent alert and call each member of the House (IL) and ask them to oppose H.B. 583. URGENT AWI eAlert: Illinois Horse Slaughter Advocate Trying to Overturn Ban - Again February 26, 2009 Dear Humanitarian: The Illinois General Assembly may soon consider H.B. 583, a bill designed to overturn the state’s ban on horse slaughter. The ban, which went into effect in 2007, closed the country’s last remaining horse slaughter plant – Cavel International (based in DeKalb, IL) – which was foreign-owned, marking the end to an utterly cruel practice that the majority of Americans oppose. The sponsor of the pro-slaughter bill, Representative Jim Sacia, has a long history of fighting to keep horse slaughter alive despite strong opposition from the majority of Illinois residents and the American public. Rep. Sacia is out of step with public opinion and his effort is in vain; having sat empty for almost two years the former Cavel plant recently opened to slaughter non-equine species. Further, the U.S. Congress is currently considering the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, which is anticipated to move quickly, and will prohibit the slaughter of horses here as well as their export for slaughter abroad. Now Rep. Sacia is telling media outlets that support is growing and implying it is the humane community. Rep. Sacia is profoundly mistaken and clearly misleading the public and his colleagues in the General Assembly, opposition is as strong as ever. It is a shame that he is resorting to these tactics in order to pass legislation overturning a law that was soundly supported by the State of Illinois only two years ago.


If you are from Illinois please click here for a link and call each member of the House and politely ask them to oppose H.B. 583. Remind them that: You strongly oppose H.B. 583 because horse slaughter is a cruel and unnecessary practice. The Illinois General Assembly banned horse slaughter by an overwhelming majority in 2007, and urge them to reject Representative Sacia’s bill, H.B. 583.

There is no evidence to support Rep. Sacia’s claims that Cavel’s closure has led to an increase in horse abandonment. Ending horse slaughter stopped an overt form of animal cruelty and has only been good for the horses. The state ban is important. Rep. Sacia complained that closing Cavel would put local workers out of business despite the cruelty of the industry. The building that formerly housed Cavel has recently re-opened to slaughter non-equine species, thus bring jobs and income to the local economy. His argument is even more irrelevant given this development. The humane community and the majority if Illinois residents DO NOT support the overturning of this ban no matter what Rep. Sacia may claim, including the inclusion of a $25 fee for each horse slaughtered. Please also let them know that you support passage of the federal Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, which is expected to move quickly this Congress. The bill will prohibit the slaughter of American horses throughout the United States as well as their export abroad for the same purpose. Thank you for your support and commitment to equine welfare. We cannot allow those who which to defend animal abuse continue to mislead legislators and the American public. Be Sure to share this eAlert with friends, family and coworkers and encourage them to call as many Representatives as possible. Continue to check back at: for updates.


Chris Heyde Deputy Director
Government and Legal Affairs
Animal Welfare Institute

This message was sent by: Americans Against Horse Slaughter, 1551 Willow Pond Dr., Yardley, PA 19067

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