Cavel International Closes

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) -- A federal judge in Rockford dismissed constitutional challenges against a new state law prohibiting the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

The Cavel International plant in DeKalb, Illinois, shut down last week when the judge refused a request from the plant to continue operating.

Today's ruling means the plant will remain closed.

Cavel attorney Phil Calabrese says Cavel will likely appeal the ruling.

The plant is the last facility in the United States that slaughters horses for human consumption. A small portion is used in U-S zoos. The rest is shipped overseas.

The Humane Society of the United States applauded the decision.

Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the law in May. It bans the import, export, possession and slaughter of horses intended for human consumption.

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