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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Cavel, Velda and blog updates

This post is completely off topic from the previous three posts, but I have conveniently archived them on the sidebar beneath the tag 'investigative series,' this despite the fact that I don't really know how investigative it is. Don't worry I won't let this one go. You may have noticed other changes, a handy Google search bar to peruse the internet and a Technorati blog search as well as a few ads, click on them if you want, it helps me. You can also link directly to a download of Mozilla Firefox, which kicks Windows Internet Explorer's butt. Searching the net from here helps me as well so feel free, anyway onto the meat, (no pun intended).

Alright so I cannot stop blogging, oh well, I have authorities to bring down, fortunes to ruin and the underprivileged to look out for.

Anyway a note on the Cavel International horse slaughtering plant here in DeKalb, Ill.

Ever wonder who the hell owns the Cavel International plant. Time and time against the line "Belgian owned Cavel International" appears in print in multiple publications and wire stories including AP and the Northern Star.

Well according to my research Cavel is owned by a Belgian company called Velda. With some assistance from the very helpful, one of the Web's largest public records directories, I have tracked down some information on the company, not a lot but enough to assist you some hopefully.

The company, Velda, is located in Zele, Belgium. It's street address is Lokerenbaan 131, 9240 Zele and as far as I can tell +32 (0) 52/447503 is its phone number if that number is incorrect then try this: +32 (0) 52/449211, the international calling country code for Belgium is 32, hence the preceding numbers in the phone number(s). Also they can be reached via fax at +32 (0) 52/447503.

The funny thing about Velda and Cavel is the Web hits on them are minimal, mostly news articles or op/ed pieces from activists. One of the few pieces that mention Cavel's ownership as Velda can be found here, another one can be found under the headline "Cavel intends to rebuild," here, it is about halfway down the page. Obviously, those in charge at Velda, ahem, Luc Van Damme, know what they do is highly objectionable to most Americans. Velda has been in business since Jan. 24, 1951 and their company description on the phone book accessed via says, "Profession: Production of fresh meat and poultry meat products."

Fresh horse maybe. Disgusting.

The company's gross sales equal about 41,468,000 €, which is around $48,861,716.91 (US), that's a lot of horse burgers.

Not that I don't eat meat but I don't eat horse like I don't eat dog. I mean come on.

Well, anyway, for about 5 Euros the company's labor investment report can be purchased here, I assume there is a breakdown of the labor expense in DeKalb, Ill. This could show us exactly how much money employees at Cavel make, thus enlightening the potential economic impacts that may result from a Cavel plant closure. When it's all said and done I doubt the economic impact on DeKalb will be so great, the plant only employees about 40 to 56 people (numbers vary). Not to mention it is one property, the tax revenue is not that great considering the Equalized Assesed Value for property taxes is just 1/3 the value of the property in Illinois, even with the DeKalb Township multiplier of 1.0563 the amount of tax is relatively small.

Any donations to get a hold of the company’s reports would be appreciated; if not maybe I can obtain them myself. Other reports are available as well, including credit reports, annual accounts and the compact report including financial data via the Infobel site referenced above, however, some run in the 30 to 40 Euro range

This could be another exciting winter break investigative series, with publication potential. Anyone interested in helping should feel free to email me via my profile, I will get back to you as soon as possible.

I also think I may have found a Web page for Cavel owner, Velda Group but I am not sure, anyway check it out here. As well as an email address which may or may not be


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a complete moron. It's not "just" 40-50 jobs. Do you live in DeKalb? Are your property taxes affected by the plant closure? Are you a Cavel supplier for manufacturing material? Add those jobs into your's more than an isolated plant, it's several industries that supply Cavel. From packaging materials, to utilities, to freight lines, etc.

No, horse slaughter is not a nice thought, but neither is the slaughter of Bessie the cow, or Babe the pig...yet those industries are allowed.

Ignorance is bliss for you people who have NO CONCEPT of "humanity for horses". Plants like Cavel may process meat for consumption, but without them, the atrocities of horse neglect and taxpayer costs for euthanization will absolutely STAGGER you! Do your research before you so conveniently judge others from your little corner of earth.

Your stupid blog spreads ignorance, and you have no concept of the problems this plant closing has caused an entire community. So go smoke a bong and listen to Phish and shut your pie hole, you stupid idiot. Do you even pay income taxes? Or do you just sit on your ass and spread your hippie bullshit?

Humanitarian? Animal activist? Please...your horse humanity websites show starving horses on them...are you kidding me? That is EXACTLY what is going to happen now thanks to morons just like you!

5/18/2007 11:56 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

"Anonymous Said" Well as usual the pro slaughter fagots are so slimy they can't even put their name. This anonymous piece of crap know nothing about horse slaughter as we have found out is usual with the pro slaughter faction. There has been studies done between the correlation of horse slaughter and neglect and guess what horse slaughter does not decrease neglect one bit if anything it increases abuse. There is not going to be an unwanted horse crisis. We have records from the USDA to show this. In 1989 345,000 horses per year were being slaughtered here in America. Over the years that figure dropped to around 40,000 and the decrease in some years was as much as 75,000 per and there was no rash of neglect or abuse. So you pro slaughter piece of shit you need to figure out that we Americans, yes the vast majority of us want horse slaughter banned and if you don't like it get the Hell out of my country.


Tom Durfee

A Virginia farmer raising Boer meat goats and Angus beef as well as the owner of 36 horses.

P.S. If you are interested in the truth about horse slaughter based on facts not fiction and opinion please contact me at

6/04/2007 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

I agree with TOM. It's people that have no balls to leave their names that can talk shit and it makes me sick to think that this anonymous says what he said. It's not even worth retyping what he said...Horses are peoples pets and sometimes their children. If you have no respect for animals what do you respect? Do you eat horse mean asshole? Bessie the cow and Babe the pig are raised for the sole intent to be breakfast, lunch or dinner. Horses are raised to be beautful creatures and members of people families. No one with half a brain would think that horse slaughter is a good thing. I love the statement ifnorance is bliss for you people who have NO CONCEPT of "humanity for horses". Have you watched videos of horses being killed vs. a humaine way to put a horse to sleep. You have no education and should not speak unless spoken to and damnit... no one cares to hear you!

11/21/2007 10:30 PM  
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Anonymous Jane said...

Oh my goodness.....You anti-slaughter people amaze me. Slaughter has been shut down in the United States. Way to go! There are now more horses than ever that have been abandoned, starved to death, or better yet-shipped to Mexico while sick, in pain, starving, and then they can wait few more days, even weeks to die. Now that's a great idea!

Sorry, but horse slaughter is a necessary evil. At least while in the U.S. it was regulated.

4/23/2010 7:46 PM  
Blogger Neel said...

In the US, it is OK to slaughter for food cows, pings, sheep etc but not horses. What about rabbits? They are cuddly but some people swear by rabbit stew... In India it is anathema to slaughter cows but chickens sheep etc is fine. Some farmers who are dependent on their oxen would rather starve themselves and stay wet than let the oxen starve or get wet in the rain.

The point being the definition of "OK" or "not OK" is completely driven by what a majority of a community wants - or atleast that is how it should be.

5/12/2010 3:14 AM  

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