The USDA ruled on Tuesday to allow Cavel Foods to continue to operate. That's despite an amendment from Congress last year that cut funding for the inspection of horse meat.
Now, horse slaughter plants will pay for their own inspections.
The coordinator of a horse protection group says congress intended to stop horse slaughter when they cut funding for inspections.
"It's appalling the people we've elected are acting on behalf of special interests they've forgotten about the American citizen, you and me," says Gail Vacca.
The reason the USDA is allowing horse slaughter plants to continue to operate is money. There is more than $40 million wrapped up in the business. Shutting down the plant would be a big blow to Dekalb's economy.
There are two proposed laws making their way through Congress that would permanently ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption.