Yesterday, I went to a farmers market I sometimes go to. They sell fresh meats, eggs, homemade produce, maple syrup, fruits and veggies... Stuff is mostly locally grown. Beside the market, I have noticed a huge building with horse/ livestock trailers at the back last time I went. I drove by last time and noticed it was the Ontario livestock exchange building(OLEX). Yesterday, after my girl friend and I were done our shopping at the market, we were walking back to the car and I heard the auction was going. My friend is not a horsey person. I grabbed her by the arm and dragged her into the olex building.
It was all Mennonites attending the auction. A lot of tourists in the area stayed at the front gate and watched the auction from there. We walked in, I started looking at the horses for sale quickly in the pens and the sales " ring". The majority of the horses were Standardbreds. There was a few others.... Most horses seemed in good shape. I noticed a standardbred that was there and this horse was a copy cat of my father's standardbred that was sold a few years back ( a horse I would love to have back one day). I actually took a step back, looked at my friend and told her if it was her, I'm buying her right here, right now. It turned out, it was not..
I know a lot of kill buyers go to this auction. A lot of horses ending up at olex auction will end up in at slaughter... I am pro slaughter, but looking at all the horses selling for peanuts (between $300 and the most expensive one sold for $1500) left me with a very big heart... I walked out of there very sad.... I just can't get it out of my mind... I know it is happening, I know horses must be slaughtered, but seeing it first hand was very hard.... Heart wrenching...
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