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post #11 of 17 Old 05-28-2013, 05:59 PM
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you can go to animal control also . It is against the law in CA, but there are buyers that come from other states, and there are kill buyers here, that trailer horses to other states. How are they going to Prove they are taking the horses to slaughter. One way at an auction to save a slaughter bound horse is to check its tail length. some of the old boys cut the tail short. code for slaughter.
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post #12 of 17 Old 05-28-2013, 11:11 PM
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When one city had Red Top dog food, they took horses. We often went to the pens. There weren't many, anywhere from a few to 8 or 9 head. A few friends bo't their horses there. Red Top was willing to sell as long as they made a profit. No one ever felt gouged on the price.
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post #13 of 17 Old 06-01-2013, 04:05 PM
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there are many auctions.. Lancaster auction , next to a slaughterhouse, Mikes auction in LA, Madera auction, I dont if there is still one in Tulare, Turlock , and then there the auctions on the coast. if YOU go to the auctions, make sure you know whom the rescues are so you are not bidding on the same horse.
Also, if you go in the Auctions acting like you are PETA or the SPCA etc and start a fuss you will be removed, and will ruin it for the other rescues.
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-14-2013, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
You need to understand these people are horse brokers. They bid on the unwanted, take them home, hold them for a while to get weight on or for better market prices. They are more than happy to sell to private individuals as long as they make a profit on their expenses. They don't usually advertise that they are kill buyers nor do they necessarily see themselves as that. Keep in mind, many of those horses are there for good reason, it is time. Some horses just shouldn't be rescued.
I disagree - Yes, some horses have come to the end of their time, either through old age, illness or just sheer neglect and they are unable to recover, but I think that some ways of ending a horses life are better than others - have a look at this link:
I know it's for horses in Australia, but I'm sure this is common in slaughter houses throughout the world - my girl will be having a dignified death when the day comes - not sent off to slaughter because it's her time.......
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post #15 of 17 Old 10-15-2013, 08:22 AM
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Check out the prices on the New Vocations sight which features OTTBs and Standarbreds. Their prices are ridiculously low and they are "adoptable". I don't know if the adoption papers and conditions would stand up in court but the prices certainly encourage the slaughter brokers. A friend with a ton of experience with Standies, could provide an excellent home, good job to cover possible vet bills, (perfect, right?) was turned down supposedly because she had been out of the loop for about 10 years and couldn't provide references from clubs and vets. She never did belong to a horse club, not everyone does. I'm beginning to think NV is a front for the slaughter industry and it gets public funding to boot. Their prices are often between $100 and $300. Yet when she attended several auctions, the Standies were going as high as $2000, nothing under $500.
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-15-2013, 09:12 AM
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Mikes Lifestock Auction

There were always kill buyers at this one, when I lived in So. Cal.

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post #17 of 17 Old 10-15-2013, 04:08 PM
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dreamcatcher.. Still are killer buyers at all of the CA auctions. There are not as many auction houses as in previous years.
it would be an ideal world to not have the killer buyers, but I have known people that would fatten up the lame, ill horses and send them through the auctions to get back some $$.
I personally wont do this. I have gone into debt on credit cards with Vet bills, and the next horses will not have a lot of money put into them to try to save them, it will be the Euth. option for the old and/or crippled/lame ones regardless of their age . It is just to expensive and the extra 2 - 3 grand spent at a Vet for one horse, will feed all the others.
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