Rep. Robert Molaro of Chicago says state law prohibits selling horse meat in Illinois so slaughtering the animals should be banned too.
Cavel International plans a 16,000-square-foot plant to slaughter as many as 100 horses a day for shipment to places like Japan and Europe, but Hinckley Republican Robert Pritchard says the plant will create 40 jobs and merely replace one that operated until a 2002 fire.
Republican Rep. Bill Black of Danville says stopping the slaughter of horses Thursday could lead to bans on pork or poultry slaughter later.
Democrat Molaro used a parliamentary measure so he can recall the bill for a vote.
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