Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Also, while hauling 20 horses is cheaper per horse than hauling one, it isn't the same price as hauling one. If you have a known buyer on the other end who has agreed to pay $250, then you can look at your transportation costs & time, and decide if it is worth the effort.
If I were to take it up, I'd have to buy 20 horses at $5, arrange their transportation, pay for it out of pocket, and then HOPE I could make a profit by selling them somewhere else.
One of the problems with slaughter in the US is that there ARE people who buy horses cheap, transport them to Mexico, and then sell them because a horse of 1000 lbs has a known value in Mexico. Unhappily, the horses transported like that are unregulated once they hit the border, and suffer much more than they would if killed in the USA.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)