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KathieG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:38 PM
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53. Problem is, the availability of horse slaughter doesn't stop people from starving horses...
Edited on Tue Nov-29-11 09:48 PM by KathieG
We are shipping more horses to slaughter now than when the US plants were booming. Low-dollar horses often end up with kill-buyers that ship to either Mexico or Canada. There is a big "kill sale" in New Holland PA, and there is another in NJ held weekly, pictured here are the horses, ponies and donkeys saved from the kill pen last week http://www.nj-feedlot-horse-rescue.com/availablecamelot... a horse rescue takes pictures of all the horses sold to #10 (the kill buyer) and they offer them for sale for just over the meat price (unless the KB decides he has a "good one" then he will jack up the price if he thinks he can get it), they post the new horses every Wednesday night and the horses are usually available until Sat. morning, if not sold...they usually ship. This is a special agreement they have going with this particular kill buyer because he prefers to sell them out of the pen rather than pay for fuel and the hassle of shipping them north to the plant.

There are many with financial interests in opening US plants again, it's not that it's "needed". As far as an owner being able to "dispose" of a horse via the slaughter pipeline...it still happens every day in this country. There were just as many people starving their herds when slaughter was booming in this country as there are now that the plants are closed. For a horse to ship to a sale or plant, they have to have a negative coggins test for Equine Infectious Anemia, it costs about $35 a head plus a farm call charge from the veterinarian. People that won't or can't shell out money for feed are not going to pay for blood tests and veterinary charges whether slaughter is readily available or not. If a horse owner falls on hard times they aren't able to sell or place the horse with a rescue, they can still find the horse a place to go via the classifieds. Put a free horse on Craigslist and see how fast they go. Dealers pick these horses up all the time, sadly many end up going through the local sales and then on to slaughter like the horses at the link above, but there is certainly no excuse to let a horse starve.
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