THIS PAST MONDAY a tractor trailer hauling 38 horses to slaughter overturned in Tennessee. Three horses were euthanized due to the severity of their injuries. The remaining horses were reloaded, and left in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, driven straight through to a feedlot in Presidio, Texas, to await slaughter.
WSMV Ch. 4 in Nashville, Tennessee, has been covering the story. Below are the opening paragraphs of a report filed of an interview who trucked horses for Dorian Ayache, owner of the horses in the Tennessee tragedy. Go straight to WSMV for the full story or continue reading below.
Posted by email from NANCY AMONS for Ch. 4 News
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – A trucker who says he unknowingly drove horses to their deaths at a border slaughterhouse is telling his story to Channel 4.
He doesn’t want his name used because he now works for another company, so we agreed to call him “Bob.”
Bob made a run for Three Angels Farms in Lebanon in 2010. He says the owner, Dorian Ayache, lied to him and told him he would be hauling a load of cattle to Texas. Bob says when he arrived to pick up the cattle, he was told the plan had changed and that he would be delivering horses to Texas.
They loaded about 70 horses on two livestock trailers; the driver says he immediately felt uncomfortable when Ayache began striking the horses with a fiberglass rod when they were reluctant to board the trailer.
“He would swat them as hard as he could,” Bob says. “I didn’t feel comfortable at all about it, I thought it was wrong.”
The driver says Ayache insisted on leaving at night and told him not to fill out his log book until he arrived in Texas.
In Texarkana, Bob says Ayache told him, “If the Texas Highway Patrol stops us, tell him we picked up the horses here in Texarkana.”
The driver didn’t know the reason.
Horses that are imported from out of state require health certificates, which Bob says they didn’t have. Continue to the WSMV website for full report >>