It's been two years since fire destroyed
Cavel International a horse slaughtering
facility in DeKalb. Officials still have not
determined what caused the blaze, but Cavel
manager James Tucker has suspicions.
"There are enough groups that have said
they would take any action they felt necessary
to shut down plants that includes meat packing
plants," says James Tucker.
Cavel has risen from the ashes and will
continue to slaughter up to a 100 horses a day,
only this time under tighter security. The new
building is equipped with surveillance cameras,
barb-wired fence and sprinkler systems.
Tucker knows there are people out there they
may try to vandalize or destroy the building,
even though the horse slaughtering process is
humane, he says.
"We have a USDA license so there is a
vet here at all times when were
processing," says Tucker.
30,000 pounds of horse meat will be processed
every week and ship to Europe and other foreign
"Here we have a protein source that
would otherwise be wasted and we're doing
something with it," says Tucker.