DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- A reprieve that saved two hundred horses from slaughter earlier this week is probably only temporary.
A horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb was effectively shut down by a federal appeals court ruling on Wednesday. The next day, the plant sent six trailers of horses back to suppliers in other states.
Colleen O'Keefe of the Illinois Department of Agriculture says it's likely the horses will end up at slaughterhouses in Canada.
The DeKalb facility had slaughtered about a thousand horses a week to export meat, mostly to Europe.
Last week's court ruling blocked the U-S Department of Agriculture from providing horse meat inspections for a fee. Congress had stripped funding for horse meat inspections in 2005, but the U-S-D-A devised a plan to provide the inspections for a fee for slaughter plants.