Posted 4/27/04 9:15 p.m.
Updated 4/28/04 9:28 a.m.
Two years after burning to the
ground, Cavel International is putting the final
touches on its new facility.
"I think it's important
to reopen because we offer a service to the
agriculture community," says project
manager James Tucker.
The horse slaughtering plant
plans to open for business in a few weeks
despite encountering major opposition from
animal rights groups and legislators.
"Our point of view, of
course it's a business, but it's also a
recycling resource," Tucker says.
"Here you have a large source of protein
that should be recycled, otherwise we're
basically throwing the animal away."
Opponents say horse
slaughtering is inhumane and animals should be
euthanized with drugs. But Tucker says Cavel's
method is very quick. The company usually buys
horses from auctions for slaughtering purposes,
but some horse owners support this practice as
Cavel International says there
are cost benefits for horse owners to bring
their horses for slaughtering.
"It's a resource for
horse owners that need to dispose of
animals," Tucker says. "A person with
a horse that's not usable or dangerous, or
whatever, they can bring the horse to us for
slaughter and make a few hundred dollars."
If state or federal
legislation to ban horse slaughtering passes,
Tucker says there are legal avenues to explore.
Still the ban would force Cavel to close its