Undercover investigation reveals little oversight at California horse auctions

Thoroughbred Racehorses in Stalls. Google image.
Thoroughbred Racehorses in Stalls. Google image.

Cross-posted from CBS News San Francisco KPIX Channel 5


SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Americans don’t eat horsemeat, but we do export horses for slaughter. Most end up on dining tables in Europe and China. While California is one of the few states that bans the exports, some activists have said the ban isn’t working.

We recently visited a Northern California Auction. Horses were on the block and selling cheaply; Prices were as low as $50 to $100, even former racehorses.

California horses, protected by law from slaughter, quietly disappear into the pipeline, simply by crossing first into neighboring states where exporting for slaughter is legal.

A horse known as Rino-U was bought by Tawney Preisner, who runs a shelter for horses.

“He was injured, he has a fractured knee, and he was no longer useful to the industry, so he was dumped,” Preisner said.

Just months before, the two-year-old thoroughbred was racing at Golden Gate Fields.

“It’s quite typical for someone to spend $150,000 on a horse, race it a few times, and if its not performing, just make it disappear,” said Preisner.

Preisner’s group, Horse Plus Humane Society, has rescued over 2,500 horses in the past decade – many of the animals were race horses that she found dumped at auctions.

“If they are lucky, they make it to an actual person that wants to help them and retrain them, but most times they go straight on to slaughter,” she said. Continue reading, watch video >>

2 thoughts on “Undercover investigation reveals little oversight at California horse auctions”

  1. I went to the story to leave a comment but so far it has not been put up there even with other comments after I left mine. I guess they didn’t like what I said. I left the website address of http://defendhorsescanada.org/chambersofcarnage.html and went on to describe the horses terror smelling the blood of the other dead horses so I guess whoever moderates the comments didn’t think the viewers should read about the truth. All of the site address was also cut in half so I left a comment with the second half of the website which would be chambersofcarnage.html which if you didn’t read my whole comment wouldn’t make any sense. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened.


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