At first thought it may sound inhuman or cruel, but for Stephanie Lauer, owner of Gemstone Farms, sometimes it's the right thing to do.
"I hate to say it because I am definitely an animal advocate, but I believe it is a necessary evil within the horse industry," said Lauer.
"Animals have an end of life issues, and it must be dealt with," said Illinois State Representative Jim Sacia.
Cavel International in DeKalb was the last horse slaughterhouse in the country before the ban went into effect. Lauer thinks there's a local need to reopen it.
"There are too many horses being stored out in the fields, that people don't have the means to feed them, I would rather see them humanely euthanized or destroyed," said Lauer.
Sacia, who owns 9 horses as pets, says he would rather see these animals killed humanly as oppose to being shipping to other counties with lower standards.
100 additional horses a year are stuffed into trailers, shipped over 40 hours
Currently, it is illegal to shoot or bury a horse and it costs 5-hundred dollars to have one euthanized. With money tight, Lauer says slaughterhouses are the safest and easiest way to deal with a dying horse.
"We can have regulations on how they're treated, until its time for them to be euthanized," said Lauer.
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