A new definition of “hoof in mouth”

Talk about acquired tastes. Cavel International, in the agricultural town of DeKalb, IL, is the last operating plant in the US where horses are slaughtered...

Talk about acquired tastes. Cavel International, in the agricultural town of DeKalb, IL, is the last operating plant in the US where horses are slaughtered for human consumption. And it may soon be headed for the glue factory.

Illinois banned these slaughters last month, and and a temporary order allowing Cavel to operate expires after today. But opponants aren't taking any chances. Organizations from the Society for Animal Protective Legislation and the International Fund for Horses to local equine enthusiasts are desperately working to impose state and federal horse-slaughtering bans, effective immediately. And according to the Associated Press, the DeKalb mayor's office has received "thousands of postcards, e-mails, and letters" from citizens demanding that Cavel be shut down ASAP.

Keeping the needs of all his community's constituents in mind, however, Mayor Frank Van Buer told the AP he was "not very supportive of this move to try to regulate the sale of any kind of meat. Some people are vegetarians, and some people like different types of meat."

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