Cross-posted from NBC Channel 13 WTHR Indiannapolis
By BOB SEGALL
This is a lengthy undercover investigation and report that includes images and a video gallery, and a must read for anyone who opposes horse slaughter.
Those of you who have been following and involved in the battle to end horse slaughter will know many of these harsh facts, but we invite you to read this investigative report.
Despite the closure of all horse slaughterhouses in the United States, 13 Investigates has discovered thousands of Indiana horses are still ending up on dinner plates. A 3-month Eyewitness News investigation shows local horses are being slaughtered for their meat following a long journey that begins in Indiana, and undercover video raises questions about how the horses are killed.
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Many of the horses begin their journey at the Shipshewana Horse Auction in northern Indiana. This month, WTHR attended the auction and watched one man purchase most of the horses. Jeroslav Gold, owner of Roping J Ranch in Fair Haven, Mich., is known as a “kill buyer” because many of the horses he buys are sent to slaughter.
The 15-hour truck ride from Shipshewana to Richelieu (stops not included) covers more than 800 miles.
13 Investigates watched Canadian workers unload hundreds of horses that are shipped to Richelieu by the truckload 24 hours a day.
Employees at the slaughterhouse told 13 Investigates not to videotape anything.
“Go away,” one worker said in French.
“You give me your cassette and wait for police to come,” said a Richelieu manager, who repeatedly tried to grab WTHR’s video cameras on a public street in front of the slaughterhouse.
Later, the manager and other Richelieu employees surrounded WTHR’s news car with their own vehicles in an attempt to prevent the news crew from leaving Massueville. WTHR staff eventually maneuvered around the blockade and left the small town without surrendering our video.
Please read the full 13 Investigates report here and thank them >>