“What happened to my little pony?”
August 31, 2013
Back in January of 2011, over 30 months ago, someone posted a message on the internet about “52 Thoroughbreds destined for slaughter.” It was a true story, but it only took days for all of them to find homes. Every few months since then the story pops up again and travels far and wide. This last trip had me sending back up to a dozen responses a day – “The story is no longer true,” with a link to the Snopes webpage about the story.
Two things bounce around in my demented little brain when I receive an email about those thoroughbreds, the first is simply how wonderful people are to try to help when a horse is in trouble. Taking the time to send that notice out, asking for help, that shows that people really, seriously care. In the rescue business, I’ve found there are any number of people that have no problem hopping out of a warm bed at 3am on a cold, rainy Monday morning to help pull a horse out of a water-filled ditch. In fact, to most people it’s an automatic response and they are somewhat shocked when I thank them. “For what? A horse was in trouble. Of course I’m going to help.”
Not a day goes by when someone isn’t posting stories on the internet about a horse going to slaughter if someone doesn’t step up and “rescue” it for X number of dollars, and this is where I have a problem. If people are bidding against a killer-buyer (someone who buys horses for slaughter), then great, more power to them, but buying a horse from a killer-buyer is another story entirely.
Killer-buyers (KBers) usually have a contract to bring in X number of horses per month. If one horse is “rescued” by paying a KBer, that means the KBer will have to find another horse to take its place. Saved one, sent another one to its death. Doesn’t make much sense, does it?
Plus I can guarantee that the KBer is going to make money off the “rescued” horse. People who operate at the bottom of the bucket don’t do things for free. Lying, cheating and stealing are all in a day’s work for someone that kills horses for fun and profit.
Slaughter horses are sold at auctions all across the country. Why one is more important than another is beyond me, but sending out notices on Facebook, Twitter and on various blogs to raise money to “rescue” a horse from slaughter gains a lot of attention. People give, and that’s because people are basically good, but saving one by placing money in the pockets of a KBer when hundreds of horses need saving…. I just wish as much effort would be put into stopping slaughter altogether.
1 paint horse 1050 lbs – 52.50 cwt – Ft Morgan, CO
1 gray horse 920 lbs – 37.50 cwt – Cheyenne, WY
1 sorrel horse 1105 lbs – 35.00 cwt – Kremmling, CO
1 sorrel/white horse 1165 lbs – 34.00 cwt – Brush, CO
1 bay horse 1280 lbs – 34.00 cwt – Kremmling, CO
1 sorrel horse 1060 lbs – 34.00 cwt – Greeley, CO
1 sorrel/white horse 1145 lbs – 32.00 cwt – Brush, CO
1 Chestnut horse 925 lbs – 32.00 cwt – Cheyenne, WY
1 Buckskin horse 1015 lbs – 31.00 cwt – Steamboat Springs, CO
1 brown horse 940 lbs – 26.00 cwt – Akron, CO
1 gray horse 880 lbs – 22.00 cwt – Greeley, CO
Every one of these horses had a story to tell, each one worth saving. The dream horse of a little girl, a life long companion of someone who passed away, a cowboy’s favorite horse that came up lame, sold not for what they can do, but for how much they weigh. (cwt is per 100 pounds). You might take notice that these are not “skinny” horses.
And the end result is horsemeat sold internationally by the ton on wholesale sites like this.
The US is the biggest exporter of live horses – to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. No EU regulation, filled with toxic drugs, false paperwork, corrupt USDA inspectors, yet 170,000 a year, 472 a day, cross the borders for slaughter.
Think about that – 472 perfect, majestic, trusting horses killed each and every day of the year.
I want it to stop, as I’m sure you do. If you care about 52 thoroughbreds, if you would come help a horse in trouble, then I’m begging you, sign the PLEDGE and get others to sign, as many as will listen to you. This doesn’t work until we have at least 10,000 people stand up for the horses.
Will you stand up for them? The link is on the right side of this page. It seems like such a small thing, I know, but it will work if everyone who claims to be against horse slaughter would spend five minutes signing the PLEDGE.
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