Indiana horses sent 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
Indianapolis – 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.
Habitat for Horses is always on the lookout for a few great people at our ranches. The work is unique, the animals are special and we want folks who both know and understand the special connection our animals need.