WTHR Channel 13 Investigates Indiana horses sent to slaughter

Cross-posted from NBC Channel 13 WTHR Indiannapolis

By BOB SEGALL

Horse Slaughter Poster by Vivian J Grant
13 Investigates of NBC Indiannapolis Station WTHR follows Indiana horses from Shipshewanna Horse Auction to Richlieu Horse Slaughter Plant in Canada. Artwork by Vivian J Grant.

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.

EXCERPTS

It begins:

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.

and continues with:

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.

followed by:

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 >>

http://www.wthr.com/story/13405297/13-investigates-indiana-horses-sent-to-slaughter

3 thoughts on “WTHR Channel 13 Investigates Indiana horses sent to slaughter”

  1. The first paragraph is misleading as it claims this is news and an investigation by the WTHR news channel 13. In fact, it is the investigation carried out by the CHDC and Twyla Francois, the central region director and lead investigator.

    Nonetheless, it is a sober reminder to all those who oppose slaughter that we must never stop fighting the cause regardless of where the slaughter takes place. The pipeline to the slaughterhouse starts with irresponsible people. We must target those who over-breed and those who fail to see their companion animals to a humane end.

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  2. YOU WANT TO STOP THIS JUST HOW MAD ARE YOU? MAD ENOUGH TO MAKE ONE CALL AND THEN FORGET ABOUT THIS OR ARE YOU MAD AS HELL AND WILL NOT STOP UNTIL ALL OUR HORSES ARE SAFE? IF SO THEN FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS I LIST BELOW AND CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THEM UNTIL THE LAWS ARE PASSED —–DO NOT GIVE UP!!!!!!!!

    Call, write or e-mail your Congressional members (Senators and Congress members) and tell them to support and pass H.R. 503 and S. 727 – The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act aka The Horse Slaughter Prohibition Bill! THIS WILL MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR ANY EQUINE ON AMERICAN SOIL FROM BEING TRANSPORTED ACROSS INTERNATIONAL BORDERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF SLAUGHTERING. THIS BILL WILL SEAL UP THE LOOPHOLE IN THE ALREADY ESTABLISHED LAW MAKING IT ILLEGAL TO SLAUGHTER HORSES IN AMERICA

    ALSO our every own federal government, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is killing THOUSANDS of our Wild Mustangs each years. 8,000 have been rounded up this year ALONE with 12,000 scheduled for next year in VIOLATION of the 1971 Wild Burro and Mustang Act. THEY ARE MISTREATING THEM BY HITTING THEM WITH CLOSE FISTS, STICKING WITH PITCHFORKS ETC AND RAMMING THE HORSES WITH THE SKIDS OF THE HELICOPTER THEY USE TO ROUND THEM UP WITH! (SEE YOUTUBE FOR VIDEOS OF THIS EVIDENCE). 90% or higher of the Mustangs are sent to slaughtering houses in Mexico and Canada PLEASE when you call your SENATORS tell them to also SUPPORT AND PASS S. 1579 – The Restore Our Mustang Act (The House version has already passed). All that is needed is for the Senate to pass this Bill and our Wild Mustangs will be SAFE FOREVER!

    WE MUST STOP THIS NONSENSE NOW! ALL of our Horses, wild and domestic, DESERVE and have EARNED Companion SAFETY LAWS like the K-9 and Cat laws.

    SPREAD THIS INFORMATION AROUND LIKE WILDFIRE, WE MUST STOP THIS NOW!!!!!!!

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