Beauty was a 'throwaway', a horse on a slaughter-bound feedlot that nobody wanted. Well, I wanted her! Image: Remembering Beauty website.

Making horse slaughter dead is killing my business. Not.

Beauty was a 'throwaway', a horse on a slaughter-bound feedlot that nobody wanted. Well, I wanted her! Image: Remembering Beauty website.
Beauty was a ‘throwaway’, a horse on a slaughter-bound feedlot that nobody wanted. Well, I wanted her! says the lady who rescued her. Image: Remembering Beauty website.

Here we go again.

Horse slaughter is dead. Long live horse slaughter.

These ridiculous ideas keep getting published over and over.

Do reporters do anything other than report opinions? How about some fact checking or simple reasoning? Oh, right. It’s the editors; you don’t have the time.

In this case it is how banning horse slaughter is hurting people’s business. Again. I suppose we will have to post this information ad nauseum until people figure it out.


HARVEY, N.D. — Kent Opdahl is waiting for the rebound in the horse market, but he isn’t holding his breath.

Opdahl’s life in the world of horses was turned upside down when Congress in late 2006 passed legislation that ended federal inspection of horse slaughter facilities, and horse slaughter in general in 2007. In 2011, Congress reinstated funding for the inspection, but bureaucratic obstacles and political opposition have prevented plants from opening.

Five years ago, Opdahl had 120 horses and a growing business. He made a good part of his family’s living from the sale of quarter horse foals. After the de facto ban, he’s seen his numbers drop and their value decline precipitously. He’s turned his prime focus from horses to truck gardening, and has doubts that the industry will ever return to the way it was.

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The slaughter of U.S. horses is not dead. It simply moved across U.S. borders to Canada and Mexico. Therefore the absence of horse slaughter is not affecting business, because it is not . . . absent.

Reports say 140,000 to 150,000 U.S. horses are slaughtered for human consumption every year. That’s the same, possibly even higher, than when horse slaughter was operating on U.S. soil.

These numbers are arrived at by government agencies. Who knows how accurate they are. For argument’s sake, let’s say they are very close.

These numbers do not include the horses who arrive dead at the slaughter plant for instance, are not slaughtered and therefore plant management do not record them in their books. They likely skin them and tan their hides. Most horse slaughter plants have a tannery in operation somewhere nearby.

These numbers do not include horses smuggled across the border. The number of horses slaughtered from this source we are told by a previous horse slaughter plant worker do not get counted, for obvious reasons.

All of this harping and moaning that the U.S. needs to bring horse slaughter back, that horses are being abandoned and neglected; individuals do not have a place to dump their horses when they have used them up and make extra needed bucks; the price of horses has plummeted and they are having a hard time selling them; we have some answers for you.

Before we get to those, here’s a quick, little reminder. The slaughter of U.S. horses has not stopped; it just moved.

Now, try these on for size.

Poor economy; drought; wildfires; hay shortage; hay prices — feel free to join in any time — overbreeding; irresponsible ownership; bad planning; bad business practices.


7 thoughts on “Making horse slaughter dead is killing my business. Not.”

  1. We need to ban horse BREEDING for a while. Think about it. If we stopped breeding for a minimum of 2 years, horses will not go unknown. People would be buying horses who were destined to slaughter their whole life. Older horses will have a home to their very last days, and then, the owner could buy another horse that would have been dead if not for this. By breeding them there’s always horses left over to slaughter….


  2. We might be taking away business from people who own a horse slaughter but then they should have never started with it. I think it is good for us to try and stop it. We all have a life to live and fulfill just like the horses and that is not by sending then to the slaughter. They are just like us; they have a mind, and a heart that knows the difference between love and hate. They are the most wonderful thing that has happened to me after what happened to me. I was lost but then was found by a caring horse.


  3. Isn’t it amazing the pro-slaughter greed mongers never relate to the economy has decreased the value of houses (builders had the forethought to slow construction), luxury cars & SUV’s took a hit (car manufactors reduced production), yaughts/boats lost value (production decreased due to lower sales)……..but the horse breeders still have their heads in the manure thinking they can continue their pony-mill as usual mentality. Takes a rocket scientist to figure out to quit breeding when economy is in the hole?


  4. 80% are against horse slaughter, the meat is tainted with the medicines we have to give our horses. (BUTE) Would you really want to eat it? Educate yourselves and you will learn alot. Horse slaughter is a predatory business and just all about money not the welfare of the horses, horse slaughter is cruel and inhumane as they are flight animals and are afraid. It isn’t about getting rid of the old or sick horses those are not taken to the slaughter plants they are left somewhere to starve and die. What is right about that?No to horse slaughter. When the economy gets back to normal again things will straighten out! One other thing people have to stop breeding so many horses that would help.


  5. People need to get educated on the subject and information they put out and not just write whatever they think is the truth!! Get a clue people! Horse slaughter is still being done in Mexico and Canada of our American horses. Americans love horses and we are looking forward to horse slaughter being banned for good. By getting The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act passed!! ASAP!!!


  6. Fact check? Takes too much time. Easier to parrot what is said without taking the time to find out if it is factual. Remember, there are thousands of “Beauties” that are not rescued.


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