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510 ILCS 75/2

    (510 ILCS 75/2) (from Ch. 8, par. 229.52)
    Sec. 2. As used in this Act:
    (1) "Director" means the Director of the Department of Agriculture of the State of Illinois.
    (2) "Person" means any individual, partnership, corporation, or association doing business in this State, in whole or in part.
    (3) "Slaughterer" means any person regularly engaged in the commercial slaughtering of livestock.
    (4) "Livestock" means cattle, calves, sheep, swine, horses, mules, goats, and any other animal which can or may be used in and for the preparation of meat or meat products for consumption by human beings or animals. "Livestock", however, does not include horses, mules, or other equidae to be used in and for the preparation of meat or meat products for consumption by human beings, which is prohibited under Section 1.5 of the Illinois Horse Meat Act.
    (5) "Packer" means any person engaged in the business of slaughtering or manufacturing or otherwise preparing meat or meat products for sale, either by such person or others; or of manufacturing or preparing livestock products for sale by such person or others.
    (6) "Humane method" means either (a) a method whereby the animal is rendered insensible to pain by gunshot or by mechanical, electrical, chemical or other means that is rapid and effective, before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast or cut; or (b) a method in accordance with ritual requirements of the Jewish faith or any other religious faith whereby the animal suffers loss of consciousness by anemia of the brain caused by the simultaneous and instantaneous severance of the carotid arteries with a sharp instrument.
(Source: P.A. 95-2, eff. 5-24-07.)