Originally Posted by kevinshorses
Does anyone have any statistics (which is not the plural of anecdote) on horse theft in the U.S.? I would bet it's very small and when it does happen the last thing those thieves want is a brand inspector looking at the animal which will happen %100 of the time at an auction or slaughterhouse. You're much more likely to find a stolen animal being sold in the classified ads of a newspaper than you are at an auction. Besides the horse market will have to improve a lot before thier worth enough to steal!
I believe your right, and also before you can unload at a kill plant you have to show brand inpection and health papers. I am not saying they can catch all stolen horses that way but it helps. Back when the horse market was good, horses that were sound and rideable didn't go to killers for the most part. They were being sold as saddle horses and traded around at auctions to make a buck because you could make fast money. You could always tell the difference between a trader and a killer buyer because the killwr buyer always bought the crippled ones at the sales and the traders bought the ones that were rideable or resellable. If horses were stolen they usually weren't shipped off to kill, they usually tried to sell the horse to make a buck because you will always make more money off of a saddle horses than what you get for him at kill.
Some people are treating the opening of kill plants as some deep dark ugly secret. But it is the easiest way to track and regulate it. I would rather my tax dollars go to brand inspections and regulations to have it done humanely than watch truck loads of horses driving the back roads to Mexico and watch them starve or live a miserable life crippled.
And it is not just the human consumption of meat, most of the plants in the US sold the meat for dog food glue and geletin I believe. There seems to be this misconception that we are a bunch of blood thirsty carnivores that want to eat horseflesh. I am thankful that we have an option for these horses and we able to use the meat for other things. Posted via Mobile Device