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There is some worry among the anti-horse slaughter community that this doesn't mean Cavel is closed yet. When it will be enforced and if they will get another extension despite this so they can make further appeals is not yet know as far as I can tell.

From saigh_allaidh:

Yup, they lost their appeal! Please remember that horses will still be shipped to Canada and Mexico until we get the Horse Protection Act through....so please keep in touch with your reps on that!

It's Final: Last U.S. Horse Slaughter Plant Must Close

September 21, 2007

Today, The Humane Society of the United States hailed a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upholding the State of Illinois' decision to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Illinois is home to the last remaining horse slaughter plant in the country, and the ruling effectively ends all slaughter of horses for food in the United States.

"Today's court decision marks the end of the line for the foreign-owned horse slaughter industry in the United States," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. "Now it's up to Congress to finish the job and protect American horses from being exported to foreign abattoirs in Canada and Mexico for human consumption overseas."

Go to http://www.hsus.org/horses_equines/cavel_horse_slaughter_plant_closed.html for the whole story