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Pro-Horse Group Releases Paper on Horse Slaughter

From the pages of Horse Talk

Americans Against Horse Slaughter State the Facts

Many American horses go to abattoirs because unsuspecting owners sell their horses to kill buyers, a group opposed to the slaughter trade says.

Americans Against Horse Slaughter has released a “White Paper” looking at the industry.

It acknowledges that while some horses are sold directly into slaughter by what it calls irresponsible owners, many arrive at slaughterhouses through livestock auctions where unsuspecting owners sell their horses to kill buyers, often for minimal sums of money.

“Many of these horses are faithful and trusting pets whose owners list them for sale in ads where kill buyers lurk.

“Despite the closing of US slaughter plants, the buyers continue to purchase and haul as many horses as possible and transport them to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.

“Horses are often acquired by kill buyers without truthful or full disclosure,” the white paper says.

Animals can become difficult to trace after the auction process, making it nearly impossible for law enforcement to prosecute the thieves, the group said.

Kill buyers can earn up to $US1000 a horse, depending on the slaughter plant.

The group also criticised what it said was overbreeding in the thoroughbred horse racing industry and the quarter horse industry.

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  1. All horses need to have a chip put in very simple procedure , the you can track the horses where abouts and everything , this is an excellent way, instead of the Murdering BLM rounding up horses needlessly they should be placing chips so we can find them and who has them, Race horses need them too, all horses need them , then and only then can we monitor them from a computer data base……………………………………


  2. This is so sick & wrong . Arlene is absolutely right , Mandate chipping and scanning for sale of
    This probably takes away the right of an owner to decide , With dogs & cats its an elective’
    But clearly the horses need help & protection.


  3. Every responsible Horse owner today should do this immediately, is is the Ultimate loving protection, and is simple and not very expensive………..


    • If you are referring to the microchip that we use for our pets, it has no tracking ability. It is merely a carrier of a number that can be scanned by a handheld reader. Microchips don’t have GPS capability.. Microchips used in pet identification and recovery are programmed to store a unique, permanent identification number. The device itself contains no battery, and its electronic circuitry is only activated when it is being scanned. The tracking devices that are used to track and study wild animals are much larger, battery-powered and attached externally. They can be easily removed.
      In Europe, animals are microchipped to qualify for a pet passport. Each time the animal is vaccinated, or enters a port of entry between countries, the chip is scanned and the information recorded by the data-bank. This would be of no benefit to protect our horses from the slaughter pipeline. The only protection it offers for horses, is for an owner to be able to identify their stolen horse beyond question. The chip still requires a reader, and the readers are quite expensive..
      ( we used to chip our exotic livestock, so we had a scanner and a chipping kit)


      • If a chip can be made why not advance it to being able to connect to a data base where horses could be registered upon placement of the chip, the data base could have a history of the chip and horse in question……


  4. Thanks for bringing this to the forefront! I belong to a cyber group on facebook called Safe and Sound Horse Network that contacts owners, mostly via email, about the dangers of giving their horse away to strangers. Every one I’ve emailed has responded with a resounding thank you, and that they had no idea that killbuyers even existed. We’ve got to continue to spread the word about these evil bottom-feeders that pounce on the unsuspecting. Thanks, R. T.


    • I failed to mention that we scan Craigslist and classified ads nationwide, and warn the owners that killbuyers may show up to see their horse with a child in tow for appearance sake, or if they call about the free horse, will generally only ask the height and weight of the horse, rarely do they ask about temperament, training, or personality. Every horse owner who finds themselves in a bad situation should seek help from a reputable rescue first, before ever giving their horse away to a stranger.


      • That is a wonderful service you provide, Robynne, for both the horses and their owners. Thank you for doing that, and for telling us about it.


  5. Latest from Sue Wallrus

    International Equine Business Association Repudiates ASPCA Misleading and Fallacious Poll Regarding Horses

    On February 1, the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (ASPCA) issued a press release claiming “80% of Americans oppose the slaughter of horses.” It did not release the text of the actual survey questions, but based on the group’s press release, it is obvious those questions were chock full of misleading, misrepresentations designed for solely one purpose — to tug on the heart strings of animal loving Americans and to convince them horses are being horribly mistreated, and most importantly , that Americans with any heart need to send lots and lots of dollars to refill ASPCA’s ever-empty coffers so it can continue to pay six-figure salaries and finance all of those heart-rending TV advertisements.

    Here’s the TRUTH!

    Horses are multi-purpose animals which have been used for work, pleasure, sport and food since the dawn of time. They are processed under the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter law which applies to all livestock. It reads, in part “that the slaughtering of livestock and the handling of livestock in connection with slaughter shall be carried out only by humane methods.” Furthermore, the law specifically requires “that in the case of cattle, calves, horses, mules, sheep, swine, and other livestock, all animals are rendered insensible to pain by a single blow or gunshot or an electrical, chemical or other means that is rapid and effective, before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut.”

    There are ZERO citations for violations of this law even though federal government meat inspectors are required to be present in all plants whenever any animals of any species are being processed. The United States has one of the highest humane processing standards in the world, and utilizes a system professionally regulated by government officials, resulting in the finest and safest food supply on the globe.

    The fact is horses are not special or unique; when they are processed in modern, regulated, facilities they do not suffer, and they provide much-needed protein for a hungry worldwide market.

    Most of the world and many Americans enjoy equine meat for its nutritional density, rich, sweet flavor, and its affordability. Europe is facing massive economic problems and in every country where U.S. horse meat is prized and welcomed, horse meat costs 40% less than beef. Families struggling to feed their children on ever-diminishing budgets seek out this meat because it has twice the protein, half the fat, it is high in iron and super high in Omega-3 fatty acids, all at nearly half the price.

    In North America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the French speaking areas of Canada are all large horse meat consuming areas. It is a sure bet the ASPCA didn’t target those populations with its slanted, pre-determined outcome questions. We’re pretty sure ASPCA didn’t survey the Mongolian populations in Seattle or Washington, D.C., or the Tongan populations in Salt Lake City. It likely didn’t call any of the ethnic communities, nor were they calling the horse people who breed, train, show, and work on horseback every day, folks who are nearly unanimous in their support of humane horse processing here in the U.S. where our government has jurisdiction, and horse people can monitor and ensure it is done correctly.

    Polling results are all about how one asks the question. Think about the different response if the ASPCA poll had asked: “If horses are not wanted for any other purpose, and you knew they would be handled with minimum stress and the absence of pain under federal laws and supervision which apply to all livestock used for food – and there is a global demand for the meat – do you think it is ethical and responsible to use these animals for food?”

    If they answered that question with some of the pat propaganda that has been so liberally thrown around by ASPCA, the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and other fundraising groups, how do you think they will respond to the follow-up question: “Who do you think should pay for the care and upkeep of the roughly 200,000 horses that will cost a minimum of several thousand dollars each, every year, for their entire 30-plus-year life span?”



  6. The idea of a good chip, that can be small enough and provide all information needed to follow the horse whereever he is, is a GREAT idea. Any horse exiting the U.S. borders could then be pulled off the killer buyer’s truck and he would be in BIG TROUBLE, I hope. We must have a way to stop all these horses ending up in killer buyer’s hands. Maybe the concentration should be on the auction houses since it all starts there where mass numbers of horses are sent out. And, as above, all horse ownere should be aware of anyone coming to look at their buyers and they should be checked out thoroughly before any horse is given to them. I think the 80% citizens hating slaughter would increase to over ninety percent if this inhumane method of the bolt be brought to bear to the American citizen. Mass media is a great way to spread the word and maybe have a non-profit agency register all horses where the owner wants to find new homes for their horses. THese include horses before they go to the auctions. THen have a corresponding member of that non-profit agency at the border crossing to stop any horse that is heading across the border that has that registration. Just a thought. We have to start somewhere to stop the killer buyers. I know what I would like to do to them and they would not have a happy ending. THey are scum bags and deserve worse than what they are doing to the horses. The horses trust the humans and these scum bags are disgusting.


  7. Correction above: Sorry about that. “All horse owners should be aware of anyone coming to look at their horses and all buyers should be checked out throughly before any horse is given to them.”


    • “US to start microchipping racehorses”
      (quoted)”The microchipping of thoroughbreds in the US is set to begin, with the Jockey Club now offering microchips for sale. Microchips are not currently a requirement for thoroughbred registration and participation is voluntary.

      “In the US, a number of industry groups and trade associations are realizing the value of microchips as a means to support genetic testing and traditional markings-based procedures and provide an additional layer of confidence in identification at horse farms, veterinary clinics, transportation centers, horse sales and racetracks,” said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club’s vice president of registration services.

      “After a careful and comprehensive study, we thought the time had come to offer microchips to owners and breeders.””
      (more here)

      However, making it mandatory and getting auctions to comply by actually scanning each horse would be a major detriment. If you’ve even been to a large horse auction, you would know why.


      • Dear Laurel, I didnt know this thanks for posting it, its a good start , did they mention putting them in a data base , woowowowo that would be awesome just click the in and find out their history, then make it mandatory for Slaughter houses and everywhere to check their microchip WOW again…….. It would save so many OMG wonderful, but best thing is to make sure Horse Slaughter is not allowed in the first place……………. Still it is a great thing !!!!!! It can be done and it will work !!!!


      • Microchipping would be great. But, as Arlene said above, we must stop slaughtering horses from ever happening in the U.S. Then, on top of the microchipping, we must have a comprehensive data base, as Arlene mentioned, where any horse showing up on it would be pulled out of or off of a truck or not put through the auction process. Then, WE MUST REQUIRE, an auction house to become part of and require them to check all horses for the microchip. If not, they are put out of business. In addition, we must, before a horse is put through an auction process, have a place where these horses are listed for giveaways for a good length of time, only to good homes with complete and thorough background checks, and followup by a non-profit organization (with individuals loving these animals and donating their time to followup this transaction each year). THis would go a very long way to eventually meaning less of these fantastic animals ending up where none of us want to see them end up.


      • Awesome Lynne Jones, See each one of us, has answers ……. HEHEHEH Thanks Lynne for your input, Lets make it happen !!! Together we can !!!!! You know why we believe……


      • Arlene, I wish you lived close by me. Maybe we could start something where we could help individuals keep their horses or register the horses for finding new homes. I’m gain if you are.


  8. We still need to find other means. You are right..**We have to stop slaughter and transport for slaughter.** However, I am too familiar with microchips. They are the size of a long grain of rice, injected just in front of the withers..BUT they travel! They creep downward, and can be very hard to find. You don’t even know which side of the horse it may have migrated. Now, think of thirty horses getting off a truck at auction..scared, and kicking. Running down the isles to a pen. Rubbing, bumping, and scared witless. How on Earth can someone get close enough to each horse, to hold them perfectly still and scan for that teeny chip? The scanner has to hover above the chip, within a few inches of the chip. Sure, one on one, in their home setting, it can be done. The vet can scan before giving inoculations, as is required in Europe to travel across borders. Not in a round-up type setting, where many of the equine aren’t even halter-broke.
    It’s a waste of time to dwell on remedies for keeping beloved horses out of the pipeline. The energies need to be dedicated to *stopping slaughter and transport to slaughter* for ALL equine..


  9. I, for one, would be happy to go to a person’s home to pass it as a new home for a horse, and do it as a volunteer with no payment for it, on a yearly basis. ANother answer, I believe, to be part of the non-profit agency, would be if an owner is having trouble paying for feed for their horse and they truly would like to keep it in the family, have the non-profit provide the means for the family to continue to care for it at the home where it has lived as a family member. This also would mean less horses heading to the auction. All of us that are horse owners and care for these beautiful animals could help in this endeavor by contibuting to a horse hay and feed fund to be governed by this nonprofit agency and in turn the family members receiving this food contribution, would help others that want to keep their horses, but because of disabilities where they can no longer muck the corrals/stalls, with the physical means of keeping the horses in clean/dry and watered corrals and stalls. It would be a win/win situation for these two plus families. Each got to keep their loved animals and each family helping those that could no longer do the physical work involved had the satisfaction that they were helping another to save a family member of another horse lover.


  10. Arlene: I wish you lived close by me. Maybe we could start a non-profit to help find new homes for all these horses to find new homes or help provide the means for families to keep them. THey then could provide assistance to others for their getting help.


      • Dear Lynne, I may be a long way away but the computer makes us a lot closer, this has been an awesome winter here very mild not alot of snow , lots of rain though but im not complaining been rather warm ……..


      • Dear Arlene: Thanks for your reply. Glad that you are enjoying the change in the weather. I know we need rain and I know those areas that grow hay, like Texas, have had the drought is creating hardships for all of us who live in states like California where the prices of hay have skyrocketed. I will need to find a place I can afford when I retire (hopefully, I’ll be able to retire) so I can spend all my time with my horses. I can’t seem to stand extreme heat and expecially cold, so this will be a challenge. Have a great week and enjoy your better than normal weather.


      • Dear Lynne, wish I could send the rain to Texas so the Hey would get some, we have had an over abundance of rain here, i feel as you do dont like hot dont like extreme cold……….……


  11. Lynne Jones and Arlene,

    Hear in, Parker Colorado, A lady named Amy Ryals has started a non-profit organizatoin called ” The Hay Bank” to help people feed their horses in this economy. You can learn more about her by typing in free hay in Colorado or The Hay Bank.

    Just some info


    • Geri, thank you for the info. I know the sanctuary where I help out and where I keep my three horses I have rescued has had a tough time with the cost of hay. SHe knows good and bad hay and is particular that the hay is good that she gives the horses and donkeys she has. I know she could use help in keeping these fifty horses and donkeys she has fed. SHe has the beautiful grand son of Seattle Slew. He’s such a sweety as are all the horses. We’re in Southern California and the price of hay has become very expensive.


  12. Its coming finally you guys have hurt the horse world enough.Another thing ask the breeders and ranchers what they think its alot differrent than asking people who dont get it.You guys are going to lose in the end people have the right to do with there property what they think is right.Its going to come down to what freedom really means.You guys are against everything our country is built your the the problem not us.


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