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Filly 7/8, bred for racing and sold for dog food becomes fine dining

Trailered horses.  Destination slaughter.

Horse slaughter is something every horse racing nation seems to have in common, yet not one of them — even Ireland where horses are as iconic as the shamrock — seem willing to take the steps necessary to end it.

This is a story from the New Zealand Herald News of a horse bred for racing but ended up on a dinner plate.

David Moore tells the story:

Filly 7/8 was born at Soliloquy as the 7th foal in 2008. She was sired by Russian Hero, out of broodmare mum Heatherton, and she looked fine as a baby. But as she matured, it became clear her legs were “bent”.

“So we kept her for more than two years to see if she would mature, if the legs would straighten,” he says. “And when it was clear she wouldn’t improve, we tried to get some trainers to take her. But the reality is that no one wants a racehorse like that, unfortunately.

“The feed and stable bills keep coming in and this becomes too expensive to support really . . . So we sold her directly from here to Clover.” He hadn’t realised Clover was exporting the meat for human consumption; he thought it was for pet food. He recalls, they were paid “about a couple of hundred bucks”.

The 3-year-old never raced, and so she was never named. Filly 7/8 was the horse with no name.

The article mentions that NZ horse meat is exported for Russian, Belgian, Dutch and Swiss dinner tables (laced with some tasty Bute no doubt — they did not mention that bit).

I am moved by the plight of “Filly 7/8”, and all the horses like her with no names and no history except as a notation in a breeder’s notebook and later a kill number in a slaughter man’s records.

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9 thoughts on “Filly 7/8, bred for racing and sold for dog food becomes fine dining”

  1. How sad this just makes me sick,no horse deserves to be slaughted this poor baby.They should of euthanized her to die peacefully,all for money how sick is that.The owner said he didn’t know she would be killed, I find that hard to believe.


  2. I am pretty damn sure the horses legs were not bent so as to prevent him from being a young girls horse or companion for another horse. This is discusting, This makes me believe the only people in the race horse industy are money hungry non humans with no heart or soul. I myself have saved 2 American TB’s. ONe from slaughter and one because he can no longer jump or race, so the owners instructed the barn to euthanize him, he is only 8yrs old for god sakes and is sound for riding.


    1. She may not have been fast enough. I find the “crooked legs” excuse pretty pathetic. Mind you, there was no picture of her, so probably not right to judge. But how bad could they have been if he kept her that long? Conformation is extremely important. However, perfectly straight legs do not always equal faster, more durable performances. My Dad bred some very athletic and successful Thoroughbreds who had nice conformation where he figured it mattered most. None of their forelegs were perfectly straight.


  3. When is this ever going to STOP is right…….Dog Food or human consumption none of which are acceptable………A horse with bent legs that could have a wonderful life just like any special needs animal…A rescue facility or to be euthanized instead of ending up on a damn foreigners table makes me sick!…Greed for two hundred dollars I knew there was a reason I didn’t support racing in the horse or dog world….Totally motivated by money and greed….You all should be ashamed to call yourselves human beings!


  4. If one looks at the history of horse slaughter in the US, when the public found out horse meat was in dog food they began to boycott it, and plants slaughtering horses for that purpose closed. The only ones that remained operating were the ones slaughtering horses for human consumption, also selling their meat and byproducts a few other markets.

    As much as we would like only to blame the people who are involved in the slaughter of horses, or send their horses to slaughter, horse slaughter would not exist if there was no demand by people for their meat.

    What is conflicting to me is Mr Moore thought it was alright to sell Filly 7/8, a horse he had nurtured and cared for (albeit to make money from her, but she did not know that), to a slaughter house to be killed for dog food, but was upset when he later found out she was instead killed for people to eat. Perhaps he thought he should have gotten more for her if that was the case.

    His “couple hundred dollars” of blood money was to recoup some of his losses I suppose. She was not worth the same amount to give her a better death, when that was the route he chose to take. If Moore had planned better, no doubt he could have found her a home, or someone who would have been delighted to buy her for the slaughter buyer’s price and given her a chance at life, crooked legs and all. Who knows what good Filly 7/8 might have done in this world; whom she may have blessed.


  5. You will notice that this newspaper has no comment section. They know what they would get from the public There seems no way to stop this at all. The same reasons exist here as in the rest of the world, greed and not caring what happens to the horse that makes them money. The countries are all the same.


  6. Stories like this have soured me on horse racing. I realize some breeders are responsible but not this guy. The responsibile thing to do would have been to shoot her. I hope the horse eaters die a horrible death from the drugs they consume in horse meat.


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