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New Holland horse-sale site a hub of controversy 

kill buyer auction

Kill buyers abound throughout the United States. Hundreds of thousands of American horses being shipped each year overseas to slaughter houses – the person who first knowingly makes money off these horses misery is the kill buyer. Most of the public do not realize what is going on out at their local auction house. More exposure on this heinous practice is needed. They maybe legal, but their practices fly in the face of morality. ~ HfH

From: InsuranceNewsNet.com
By: Ford Turner

kill buyer auctionThe century-old animal auction whose pens, auction barns and parking lots occupy a city block-sized tract in the middle of a rural Lancaster County community has survived– and thrived– despite negative publicity surrounding people who buy horses at the auction and then send them to slaughter. That is because horses represent no more than 15 percent of the economy has trumped emotion and controversy, again and again, at New Holland Sales Stables.

The century-old animal auction whose pens, auction barns and parking lots occupy a city block-sized tract in the middle of a rural Lancaster County community has survived — and thrived — despite negative publicity surrounding people who buy horses at the auction and then send them to slaughter.

That is because horses represent no more than 15 percent of the 500,000 animals sold at New Holland each year. The vast turnover in animals that include goats, sheep, and cattle make New Holland the largest animal auction by volume east of the Mississippi River, according to Mike McDermott, manager and co-owner.

Buyers and sellers come by the thousands every week from across the state and throughout the East. Different animals are sold at different times of the week. A significant amount of business comes from Berks.

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