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Court rules Cavel can reopen

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2007 12:00 a.m. CDT
Cavel International remained closed Thursday, but was granted an injunction Wednesday to reopen. Chronicle photo KATE WEBER

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Cavel International can resume slaughtering horses in it's DeKalb facility while it awaits a final decision on its appeal of a state law forbidding the practice. Cavel attorney J. Philip Calabrese said an injunction was granted Wednesday that allows Belgium-based Cavel, which has been shuttered since June 28, to operate while the appeal is being heard.

Title: Cavel Suit
Date: Jul. 6th, 2007
The Cavel suit is getting pretty complex and hard to follow, since at this point it's been more than a month of court motions and counter-motions. We have made it a little easier with the creation of this timeline.

&#8220It allows Cavel to operate pending resolution of the appeal,” he said. &#8220I imagine it's going to take a little bit of time to get everything together, but they'll reopen shortly.” The plant &#8220will be operating soon,” Cavel Manager Jim Tucker said Thursday. Cavel's courtroom saga began May 25, when it challenged a new state law forbidding the slaughter of horses for human consumption. The last remaining horse slaughterhouse in the country, Cavel ships most of the meat overseas to diners in Asia and western Europe, though a small portion is sold to U.S. zoos. The company was granted two temporary restraining orders that allowed it to keep operating while the case was being heard in federal court, the last of which expired on June 28. On July 5, U.S. District Judge Frederick Kapala ruled that Cavel had failed to show the law was unconstitutional. Cavel appealed the decision last Friday. No court dates had been set in the appeal as of Thursday morning, Calabrese said. Dana Herra can be reached at dherra@daily-chronicle.com.

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