SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness) PRESS RELEASE
The thought of horses being eaten as food is so repugnant that New Jersey recently passed legislation to make it illegal to sell horses for human consumption.
On Monday, November 11, 2013, the Cowtown Rodeo, located in Pilesgrove, NJ, was found to have sent nine of their horses to the New Holland horse auction in New Holland, PA.
It has been confirmed by a witness on-site that those nine horses were purchased by a man named Bruce Rotz, who purchases horses for human consumption for the Richelieu Slaughter Plant located in Quebec, Canada.
Cowtown confirmed that the horses were sent to auction in the following Facebook post, which was soon deleted:
“New Holland has a notorious reputation for being a conduit for the horse slaughter industry,” states Steve Hindi, President of SHARK.
“Cowtown admitted that they sent nine horses to auction and that they could not ‘control the outcome of a public auction.’ That means they knew there was a very real chance their rodeo horses could wind up being slaughtered for human food. Because of that, we believe that they violated NJ’s anti-horse slaughter law.”
SHARK is sending a letter to the NJ Department of Agriculture asking for an investigation of Cowtown for violating the horse slaughter law.
“Either Cowtown is guilty because they knew that their horses could very well be sent to slaughter, or the law is meaningless, as NJ’s horses can simply be shipped to Pennsylvania and sold for slaughter there,” states Hindi.
“This issue also exposes how little rodeos care for their horses. While they claim their animals are like “family,” the reality is if the horses are ‘unproductive’ they will be auctioned off, possibly for slaughter. That’s how horrendously rodeos treat their animals.”