Slaughterbound Horse at the Mexican Border. AA Photo.

Horses injured in Tennessee trailer crash rejected at Mexican slaughterhouse

The story of the horses who were injured in a trailer crash in Tennessee this past January went viral, and so later did the stories of where the horses ended up. Three were euthanized due to the injuries they sustained. The remaining horses were later reloaded and continued on their journey to Texas.

We did our best to track them, hoping to intervene on their behalf. It was not to be. The driver must have traveled through the night, without stopping, to reach the horses’ grisly and final destination. Our investigator told us there was only one conclusion to reach. The decision made to take the remaining horses directly to a Mexican slaughterhouse bypassing the feedlot. Based on what he saw and heard, it was his opinion that it was handled in such a way to avoid any further adverse publicity and the horses’ rescue.

About the same time, different accounts began popping up on Facebook of what happened to at least some of these horses, saying they were in various states across the country. Since our investigator was going on hearsay, and not able to document that the horses were slaughtered in Mexico at that time, we were unable to contradict these false reports.

NBC station WSMV, Channel 4 Nashville, who followed this story from the start reports:

New documents uncovered by the Channel 4 I-Team indicate that in January, several horses from Three Angels Farm in Lebanon were so badly injured that they were not allowed to enter Mexico, where they were expected to be sold to a meat-packing company.

Mexican documents show that four injured horses from Three Angels Farm were rejected by Mexican veterinarians at the border, just two days after a Three Angels Farm trailer wrecked on the interstate in Tennessee.

The records show that three horses that arrived on Jan. 18 had injuries to their legs and a fourth had an eye injury. It’s not clear where the horses went after they were refused entrance into Mexico.

The night of the wreck, reporters were told that three horses had to be euthanized and one had a slight injury. The owner of Three Angels Farm, Dorian Ayache, told reporters that the surviving horses were headed to a farm in Oklahoma after the accident.

However, documents on file in Mexico show 34 horses were sold in Mexico to Inter Meats, an exporter that frequently ships horse meat to Belgium. According to an invoice, Ayache sold the horses for 37 cents a pound, for a total of $11,100.

Ayache declined to talk to Channel 4 about the shipment.

From what we understand, horses rejected for slaughter at the Mexican border are simply abandoned. So the horses who endured this horrific crash, then made a painful journey with no food or water to Mexico, have mostly likely died of starvation and dehydradation by now.

For anyone who thinks that their country can slaughter horses better, that it is more humane in some countries than others, wake up to the facts.

This story began with a killer buyer in the U.S. and ended in Mexico. It would have been no better if these tragic horses had been driven across the country and butchered on U.S. soil. What happened in this heartbreaking story is an example of what horse slaughter is all about, and can take place anywhere.

We are grateful to Fugly Horse of the Day who updated us on this story. They have a great analysis of these events, and we recommend you read it. It is entitled fittingly “Lucifer was an angel“.

22 thoughts on “Horses injured in Tennessee trailer crash rejected at Mexican slaughterhouse”

  1. Poor horses deserved better than that. It is sad to think that a horse’s life is only for the money for their meat. We need more Americans to know the truth and to wake up and stand up to the horse slaughter business. The business is very hush, hush and they don’t want the average American to even know what happens to these horses and their horrible treatment they get from the kill buyers. It is disgusting and sickening. Get the word out and let everyone know what is going on with this ugly business of horse slaughter. It is very sad and heartbreaking. Thank you for continuing to report the actions of the kill buyers.

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  2. Joan R
    Pro-slaughter proponents would like you to believe that horses are being starved and abandoned because the U.S. slaughterhouses have closed. This is the furthest thing from the truth. The truth is … slaughterhouses want healthy horses. Injured and starving horses are rejected … and therefore, ABANDONED!

    LOOK UP ABANDONED EQUINES IN EL PASO DESERT BY TOM HECK AND TIM
    WEBB/KILL BUYERS (AND THEY ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES, JUST THE ONES WHO HAVE BEEN BUSTED RED HANDED RECENTLY)!

    30 PLUS HORSES (A PERFECT TRUCK LOAD) WERE FOUND DEAD IN THE DESERT IN CALIFORNIA RECENTLY!!!

    AUTHORITIES IN BOTH PLACES REFUSE TO INVESTIGATE THE TRUTH!!!

    Charlotte Anti-HorseSlaughter Uhrich
    ‎”From what we understand, horses rejected for slaughter at the Mexican border are simply abandoned. So the horses who endured this horrific crash, then made a painful journey with no food or water to Mexico, have mostly likely died of starvation and dehydradation by now.”

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  3. All I can say is “AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!” and pull out my hair. I’m sure the driver was aware of the publicity. I guess money triumphs all. So sad. May they all rest in peace.

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  4. I hope this continues to be investigated and the true fate of the missing injured horses is discovered and Ayache held fully responsible for their abandonment if this was their fate. The Ayache operation needs to be shut down.

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  5. the whole idea of horse slaughter is repugnant to me. We need to stop breeding horses excessively as has been done in the past. We need to take responsibility for those horses we personally own. We need to stop the transportation of horses to slaughter and the act of slaughter itself. Please call your legislators and get them to support S1176 for Senators and HR2966 for representatives. for the horses sake we need to stop this terrifyingly barbaric and cruel industry

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  6. Here is my thing…. I have seen numerous records of horses sold at auction. And I’ve seen plenty go to kill buyers from between $150 to $500 (on up sometimes). At $11,100 for 34 horses… that’s only $325 per horse. From what I’ve read horses are supposed to have a mandatory 90 days holding time before going to slaughter. May I ask… (seeing how it cost $75 in Ohio per horse a month) how the kill buyers are profiting? Is it because.. perhaps.. they aren’t giving them the appropriate 90 day holding time? o.O

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