Horse slaughter please read!!!
I know most members on this forum are aware of the atrocited perpetrated against innocent horses at horse auctions and I believe we should try to do something about it. We may not be able tos top it 100% but we can let the enablers of such deeds know that we don't like it! Here is a link to an auction house in Shipshewana Indiana close to the Michigan border. I advise everyone to send an e-mail stating their disgust with the practice of selling horses for slaughter. Here is the link as well as a link to a New York Times article about horse slaughter. http://www.tradingplaceamerica.com/horse.php
Here is a copy of my e-mail to them:
Dear Shipshewana Auction,
I'm writing to tell you of my utter disgust with the way you facilitate horse slaughter. These animals are innocent and trusting, and if that does not phase you perhaps the idea that they are the reason horsepeople win awards and money will. I know that you will not take into consideration the horrible crimes being perpetrated against these animals, but rest assured that you in no way will recieve the support of me, my family, my colleagues, aquaintances, friends, and enemies. Your auction may be "world famous", but it is for all of the wrong reasons. Furthermore you could argue that the meat will be going to feed people around the world but lets look at this realistically: horse meat is considered a delicacy in many of the countries that it is shipped to, and therefore will not be going to say, starving children in Darfur. Your greed drives American capitalism and gives Americans a bad name to the rest of the world.
I kept it short because the comment box is fairly small. Go get em' guys!
Pardon, if I am misinformed but I thought horse slaughter was banned in the US and that all plants were shut down? My understanding, is that horses are now being exported to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered there. Maybe we all should write to the Mexican & Canadian government and threaten to not to invest our tourist dollars while they participate in horse slaughter??
Here is an interesting article on the subject:
You're right SLAUGHTER is forbid in the US but AUCTIONING horses isnt...so the horses are being auctioned and then sent to mexico where they are without food, water, and are beaten during long trips...of course we cant say the FDA really cared here because we've all seen how they treat cows and chickens and to them horses are just another barn yard animal...I think your right a combination of righting mexico and canada, and also the us (to forbid the exportation of horses out of the US for the purpose of slaughter) will help bring attention to the issue. Thanks for the website I'll check it out. this is an issue that I wasn't aware of until recently and it really bothers me.
This subject just tears me up. Years ago, I once considered bringing a horse to an action as I had him listed for sale and I was not getting many inquiries. I had already found a new prospect and was preparing to move him into the stable, not wanting to pay to stable two horses, I googled horse auction and all of this information about horse slaughter came up, I was mortified and resolved to hold onto the horse and continue paying board until I found a suitable home for him.
The problem has not gone away, it's just been pushed to over the boarder. You can outlaw the auction but never get rid of the outlaw.
Boycott tourism to these countries, write and flood the tourism bureau with letters, start an email and collect names of Americans who dispute this practice.
By the way, thank you for the information. I did send a note with my two cents...
I'm so glad you did that thats so great (about hanging onto your horse and writing)! My first horse was from a horse auction and he was great, but the problem is that these people don't always sell to honest horsepeople. I've been looking for a horse and have thought of going to auction, but its a double edged sword..i'd be helping a horse and supporting the killers at the same time...its just hard
just read the article its really informative and unbiased...wil definatly reccommend it to friends
I understand what you mean about the double edge sword. If, however, you or someone you know are good at evaluating a horses, I would opt for saving the horse but I couldn't guarantee that I wouldn't come home with more than one!
I purchased my horse from someone who got him from an auction, she was selling horses to make money. He may have been someone else's trash but he has been my treasure since the day I laid eyes on him five years ago. We do local parades together, in fact we have one Monday with the Oxford Horse & Livestock Association. He adores my children and this year we will be interviewing for the the CT Horse Patrol.
I definately agree with you about the auction when looking at it from the point of view that at least one horse will be saved and I think thats how we have to take it one horse at a time. I'd bring my trainer for sure and when I have cash saved up I'm going to definately look at auction...or at least a local horse rescue. Also I was looking at the typical way to bid at an auction and really you can get horses super cheap...so it would be nice to get two and donate one to a local rescue...just an idea, but i'd like to take action on it...Good luck at the parade!
i really feel bad for all those poor inisent horses. Sorry about my spelling. I was going to send letter to George Bush last year about all those cruel things like puppy mills, and horse slaughter places but i never got around to it. This time i think i may snd it!
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