Indiana horses sent to slaughter

horses to slaughter

Thousands upon thousands of horses are sent either north to Canada or south to Mexico to slaughter houses from kill buyers here in the US. Few Americans know anything about this. Local news organizations are more likely to have the public trust – its time for the American public to made aware of all the healthy horses being shipped off to a horrible fate. Stop slaughtering our horses! `HfH

13 Investigates: Indiana horses sent to slaughter

From: NBC News
By: Bpb Segall

horses to slaughterIndianapolis – Despite the closure of all horse slaughterhouses in the United States, 13 Investigates has discovered thousands of Indiana horses are still ending up on dinner plates. A 3-month Eyewitness News investigation shows local horses are being slaughtered for their meat following a long journey that begins in Indiana, and undercover video raises questions about how the horses are killed.

Race horses, work horses, and ponies that used to be pets – they are among thousands of horses sold each year at livestock auctions in Indiana.

The auctions are the beginning of a long pipeline that fuels a multi-million dollar horse meat industry, and an Eyewitness News undercover investigation followed that pipeline to see how it works.

Many of the horses begin their journey at the Shipshewana Horse Auction in northern Indiana. This month, WTHR attended the auction and watched one man purchase most of the horses. Jeroslav Gold, owner of Roping J Ranch in Fair Haven, Mich., is known as a “kill buyer” because many of the horses he buys are sent to slaughter.

After Gold bought dozens of horses in Shipshewana, they were taken to a large holding pen behind the auction barn. Thirty-six hours later, just before midnight on a Saturday evening, the horses were loaded onto a livestock trailer and transported to his farm. 13 Investigates then followed a truckload of Gold’s horses to Canada, where they were delivered to the Viande Richelieu slaughterhouse in Massueville, Quebec.

The 15-hour truck ride from Shipshewana to Richelieu (stops not included) covers more than 800 miles.

“I feel if there is a good horse, it should not be slaughtered. But there are lots of horses there [at the auction] that there’s nothing you can do with them, and it’s better to humanely slaughter them than have them suffer in a field where people cannot take care of them,” Gold said.

But many horses delivered to Richelieu appeared to be younger horses in good health, and whether those horses are slaughtered humanely is now the subject of rigorous debate.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Robynne Catheron

    I wish, hope, and pray a news team would investigate Bravo Meat Packing in NJ. Mr Merola buys horses, starves them for months until they are “lean” and then uses them for target practice. Two under-cover investigations found very few of the horses had been shot in the head, and most had multiple bullet wounds throughout their bodies.
    He sells the meat to Six Flags and other exotic animal keepers. His business doesn’t fall under any horse protection laws, and is not subject to USDA regulations..
    Both of the previous investigations’ findings, reports and videos were turned over to the local authorities, but were subsequently swept under the carpet. Nothing ever came of either investigation.

    This Jaroslav Gold is a filthy, greedy predator, and I don’t believe for one minute that he is stupid enough to think slaughter is humane. I think he, like all the other kill-buyers, know exactly what’s in store for those poor horses. Men like Gold and Chavez are disgusting excuses for human beings. I wish someone had the cahones to shut them down.

    April 21, 2014

    April 21, 2014
  • Marcia

    Know what? I’m tired of hearing how at least some of the horses who were sent to slaughter were not old or sick or lame. I think it is an absolute disgrace that horses who worked, were abused, or neglected should be end up enduring a long road trip and then be killed in a terrible way. Is that what they deserve for not being of any “use” anymore? No horse (or for that matter, any animal) should have that fate.

    April 22, 2014