Cavel Closed Four Years on 9/21/2011
Four years ago yesterday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Illinois shut down Cavel, the hell hole in DeKalb, IL. Here’s a copy of the ruling: http://www.vickitobin.com/uploads/09.21.07_Ruling.pdf
“So the judgment is affirmed, the suit dismissed with prejudice, and the injunction that we granted pending appeal dissolved.”
We owe thanks to the legal system but also to advocates that were instrumental in passing the law and staying the course through the hearings, lobbying and ultimately through the trials challenging our state law banning horse slaughter.
Three such advocates that stand above the sea of advocates involved are Gail Vacca, Illinois Equine Humane Center, NFP, Ellen-Cathryn Nash, Manes and Tails Organization and John Holland, Equine Welfare Alliance.
Gail has been in the forefront since the first attempt to pass the law. We lost that one but were successful in the second attempt. To say Gail worked her tail off would be an understatement. Gail will be attending our conference and moderating the slaughter strategy session on Monday night with RT and me. For those of you attending, be sure to take a moment to meet her, if you don’t already know her. She can be an excellent resource to those trying to pass similar laws in their home states. She’s seen it all!
Elle has been involved in ending slaughter for a long, long time. She played an important role in the hearings with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals with an Amicus Curiae brief she filed. I can hear references to the brief she filed in the discussion on the audio file I have on my personal website. Elle won’t be attending the conference but she has a wealth of historical information on her website.
John is John. He’s always there for everyone by providing information, statistics and guidance. He worked hard on the sanitary district wastewater violations as well as working the efforts on passing the law and the never ending court challenges. John also rescued one the Cavel miracle horses. The horses were named The Cavel Miracle Horses because they are the only horses to ever exit a slaughter plant, alive. I believe it was the shutdown when the “fees for inspections” was ruled a violation of the meat inspection act. This is what Wallis and Lummis are trying to do now in spite of the court ruling. Thirty horses were inside the plant when ordered to shut down and every horse was adopted, including a foal that was born shortly afterward. Of course, the shutdown only lasted for a day or two until they filed their appeal to the ruling and were granted a TRO to continue operating.
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- The True Unintended Consequences of Horse Slaughter (rtfitch.wordpress.com)