The Government Repossess Horses From DeKalb Slaughterhouse
Rockford IL WTVO Channel 17 News April 27, 2005
This week sixteen horses were
The Cavel Slaughterhouse in De
by a government organization.
The Bureau of Land Management or BLM is obligated under federal law to reduce
the number of wild mustangs, as long as itís done humanely.
They sold hundreds to a Native American tribe who in turn gave some of those
horses to the DeKalb slaughterhouse.
Thatís where things get tricky.
When it comes to horses and humane treatment, you won't
find more opposite opinions than with Animal Rights Activist Gail Vacca and
James Tucker, horse slaughterer.
"Slaughter is slaughter period," says Vacca.
humane, or we wouldn't
be able to operate," says Tucker.
Vacca says a horse drinking from her coffee cup and coming to the sound of her
voice is perfect example of how a horse is not an animal to ship off to the
look at them and go, oh gee, that looks like a wonderful steak or
hamburger," says Vacca. "These are companion animals."
Tucker manages the Cavel
Horse Slaughterhouse that had to give several horses back to the government.
He says the horses he gets aren't
like Vacca's; he says they may have been better off at the plant.
"The horses are probably going to a BLM feed lot and be there
forever," says Tucker. "These are horses that have not been adopted
and probably won't
be adopted, I don't
know if thatís better."
If Vacca had her way, the horses would never have left the wild in the first
"The mustangs belong to the people and the mustangs that are being held
in the BLM facilities should be immediately returned to the range where they
belong," says Vacca.
Because of federal law that's
not possible, so the question returns to the Cavel Slaughterhouse.
"Should the government stop this activity because a few people aren't
comfortable with it?" asks Tucker. "Thatís a question."