Cross-posted from the Telegram & Gazette
Written by PAULA J OWEN
When horse trainer Matthew D. Clarke found out that Munition, a 7-year-old thoroughbred gelding he had trained, had been sent into the slaughter pipeline, he was devastated.
Mr. Clarke has trained horses for more than 40 years and is the farm manager for the New England Stallion Station on Marshall Farm Road in Fitchburg. He retired Munition from racing last year.
“I was very upset about losing this horse,” said Mr. Clarke. “It was a real tragedy. Five days after he was taken from my farm, he was transferred to ‘Spud’ (Joseph F.) Noone, who is very well-known in the equine community in the Northeast. He gets horses together and ships them to an auction in New Holland, Pa. — one of the premier auctions for kill buyers. We turned up a day too late and found out he was sold.”
Munition was sold to a New Hampshire “kill buyer,” he said, and most likely shipped to a Canadian slaughterhouse. Kill buyers buy horses at auction to ship out of the United States to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico, where their flesh is processed for human consumption.
“It was too late for him,” he said. “He was gone. It is a terrible tragedy. I really still don’t understand Mara’s motivation in what she did. I believe it was naivety and stupidity.”
Read full report to follow the list of transactions that lead to Munition’s death in a slaughterhouse here >>
The article also provides the following Canadian horse slaughter data.
CANADA’S HORSE SLAUGHTER INDUSTRY
The number of horses slaughtered in Canada, and annual revenues for the last four years.
|Year||Number of Horses||Avenue Revenue|
U.S. HORSE EXPORT TO CANADA PERCENTAGES
Export increased since the 2007 closure of its last horse slaughter plant. In 2006, 35.6% of horses slaughtered in Canada were U.S. imports.
In 2009, the percentage grew to over half the horses slaughtered in Canada, at 56%.
LARGEST HORSEMEAT IMPORTERS FROM CANADA
The largest importers of Canadian horsemeat in 2009 were:
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
For more information on horse slaughter, see Resources at the top of the page here on Tuesday’s Horse