Originally Posted by Speed Racer
So you bought her at the slaughter house? Because that's the only way you'd have gotten her out of the kill pens.
Buying at auction isn't 'rescuing from the kill pens', it's just a horse purchase like any other.
I get tired of people who BUY a horse, then exclaim to everyone and sundry that they rescued it. That word has come to mean absolutely nothing nowadays.
While I do agree with the over-use of the whole "rescue" term (not just in horses, either - it's so overused in the dog circle too) - I don't agree that one can ONLY claim "kill pen" if the horse is brought straight from the slaughterhouse. If a horse is purchased from a known meat-buyer (ie the horsey concentration camp not far from here
- horses build up in his nasty "pasture" - most still with hip tags on - until he gets enough accumulated over a couple of weeks and then they all just disappear overnight), that is -imo- taking them out of the kill pen. Yes, plenty of that type of buyer has learned to use the ol' "Give me twice what I paid at auction or the horse gets it" line to appeal to people to purchase the horses - but it doesn't change the fact that those buyers DO purchase the horse at auction with the intent of sending them to the packing plant. To me, a "kill pen" can easily be used to refer to the pens where these buyers accumulate their horses during the auction, the pens on their property where they keep the horses to build their load and even the pens at the auction where the undesirable horses that won't be run through as mounts during the main auction are kept waiting to be sold off.