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KathieG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:31 PM
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56. As a member of the horse community I can tell you...
Slaughter is alive and well...just a little farther away. "Kill-buyers" are still collecting free and cheap horses at local sales and shipping them for slaughter in Mexico and Canada. We are shipping more horses to slaughter now than when the US plants were open, so there is absolutely no correlation between the US plant closings and an apparent increase in horse starvation cases. I think a lot of it is that the people who can't or won't spend the money on horse feed certainly can't or won't spend it on the required coggins test for Equine Infectious Anemia and veterinary farm call charge they have to have in order to ship their horse. So the horse starves.

There is no reason to allow a horse or any animal for that matter to starve to death. If you run out of horse feed today, you can post a free classified ad tomorrow and place the horse with someone who will cover the coggins fee, take the horse and feed it. It may end up being a "dealer", but he will feed the horse until he sells it. Local horse rescues can help locate places for hard to sell or hard to place horses or you can get help with euthanasia expenses for horses that are not able to be placed from organizations like this...
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