Kill-Buyer Critics

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A horse auction in West Fargo Friday brought out buyers of all sorts, and horse rescue groups say some of them are what they call “kill-buyers,” who buy the animal for slaughter in Canada or Mexico.

From: KDAY.com
By: Becky Parker

Auction of horses to kill buyers

Wells Fargo ND horse auction – click on the image to view video

A horse auction in West Fargo Friday brought out buyers of all sorts, and horse rescue groups say some of them are what they call “kill-buyers,” who buy the animal for slaughter in Canada or Mexico.

They say it’s inhumane. Others say it’s necessary.

As bidders pack into a room for a horse auction, some are looking for the ones going for the lowest price.

Jordanne Hogenson and Nykky Rehovsky say these so-called “kill-buyers” are at every auction. They bring the horses to Canada or Mexico for slaughter.

Nykky Rehovsky- Horse-Owner: “It’s a profit business for them. It’s not an animal; it’s just livestock.”

Often, horse-lovers and rescue groups bid on the horses they think might go to kill, giving them another chance.

Jordanne Hogenson- Hooves in Motion Farrier Service: “A cowboy asked me why would you waste your time with these? And after a year, they were some of the most beautiful horses I’ve ever seen.”

But others say sometimes “harvesting” horses is necessary.

Horse sale manager Kelly Waslaski says often when people rescue horses this way, they can’t afford to take care of them.

Kelly Waslaski- Horse Sale Manager: “They have good intentions, but there is not enough money to care for all of the animals that are unwanted and need to be harvested.”

He and Mike Hilde say they would like to see slaughterhouses reinstated in the U.S.

The last of them closed in 2007 after Congress cut off funding for horse meat inspections.

Mike Hilde- Branch Manager: “They’re still getting harvested. It’s just a longer truck ride. They’re either going to Mexico or Canada.”

Hogenson says she knows they’ll never stop horse slaughter altogether, but if there is another option for an animal, they want to help.

Hogenson: “It’s just the time, and grooming and care it takes to put into them, and they can turn out to be great horses.”

Once slaughtered, horse meat is shipped overseas or often to U.S. zoos.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
8 Comments
  • debra heverly, m.d.

    there’s actually an even more horrific scenario- horses are being live-exported to slaughter in Asia out of Calgary – Canadians are trying to pass the bill C-322 to stop this
    Crates of live horses fly out regularly from Calgary airport destined to be slaughtered in Asian markets for meat (fresh is always tastier and preferable to some palates). The long journey, the cramped crates, the blast from the planes, the noise on the runway, the sheer terror these horses experience is beyond words and this is after transported by hauler to the airport hangar and after their feedlot experience. Please support Bill C-322 and put a stop to this.
    

    October 28, 2013
  • Shirley Mix

    This is just wrong on so many levels. The horse helped up win the West. And now people are killing them. So Sad. Kill our Heritage.

    October 28, 2013
  • John Cox

    his article says nothing noteworthy for an open-platform-debate in regard to this controversy, just rhetoric and generalities everyone already knows — Needs substance not simplicity within this issue, as it is much more and includes animal abuse, torture, neglect, as well as criminal acts done by Kill Buyers before and during transportation, and them hauling stolen horses — which needs to be mentioned also!

    October 28, 2013
  • I’m against horse slaughter. It’s very cruel to transport horses without food and water (which is mostly the case) to slaughter plants. That’s not OK.

    There is no easy solution. Horses reproduce fast, and we take their natural habitats even faster. I believe in some kind of humane birth control. I understand that there are several ongoing projects, but none super efficient so far. Maybe more research on that?

    This summer I was blessed with the opportunity to spend time with wild mustangs in Nevada. What I observed was very special, smart horses, with strong family bonds. Many of them had great conformation and with the right training they would be able to excel in many disciplines.

    I own a mustang-cross myself and he’s the bravest, smartest horse I ever had.

    If you’re interested to see the photos and read more about my observations of the mustangs this summer http://www.blurb.com/b/4598887-nevada-mustangs.

    /Maria

    October 28, 2013
  • Sue

    “Harvested” wow!

    October 28, 2013
  • judye michaels

    So many PRO-slaughter comments are ridiculous! “Harvesting is necessary”; “so many times first-time horse rescuers can’t afford them”… Nothing but biased comments to encourage people to believe that slaughter is a necessary evil….
    Morons ought to stop breeding, too!!!!

    October 28, 2013
  • Horse Warrior

    Hmm I didn’t know horses grew out in the field like corn. Harvesting is for crops not animals.

    They don’t care if your stolen horse reaches the plant and is killed, they got their money and they use the ole Prove we had something to do with it and law enforcement are the same way you have to have seen it with your own eyes for ones where I live will do anything about it.

    They feel you should pay to get your horse back as well, that is selling stolen property.

    October 28, 2013
  • Horse Warrior

    Error in my writing it reads “Prove we had something to do with it and law enforcement are the same way you have to have seen it with your own eyes for ones where I live will do anything about it.”

    When it should read Prove we had something to do with the theft, and the law enforcement here where I live are the same way, you would have to have seen the theft with your own eyes for them to do something about it.”

    Sorry tired and sick today :(

    October 28, 2013