Kill buyer busted in SC for transporting horses without Coggins

Justin White, 26, buys horses for slaughter but resells some. White has five animal cruelty charges pending in S. Carolina in addition to the Coggins violations.  (Photo: Tonya Maxwell /
Justin White, 26, buys horses for slaughter but resells some. White has five animal cruelty charges pending in S. Carolina in addition to the Coggins violations. (Photo: Tonya Maxwell /

The Citizen-Times story opens this way:

A Polk County man who prides himself on giving second chances to horses destined for slaughter is facing a possible suspension of his livestock dealer’s license after state officials said he failed to perform required disease tests on animals.

Basically this guy is buying horses across the country and transporting them without a Coggins.

North Carolina already has assessed $7,500 in fines against Justin Scott White. State Veterinarian Doug Meckes noted officials repeatedly warned the owner of Carolina Feedlots in Columbus that he had failed to produce required records on horses.

I suppose he feels paying for the paperwork is not necessary as he trades in horses for slaughter and even if caught wouldn’t be fined as most would see these horses as already dead. That’s one of the many cruel injustices horses face in the slaughter pipeline.

On his travels White says he picks out horses who are in good condition that he figures he can sell for a good price and takes them out of the slaughter pipeline.

Although this guy says he is not a horse rescue – let’s be grateful for that at least – he calls that saving horses from slaughter. That’s one way to spin it, and it’s a big spin.

White registered his Columbus-based business in March 2015, and through it buys horses at auction, it later transports the animals to Texas. From there, they are shipped for slaughter in Mexico.

On return trips from Texas, he usually buys equines, bringing a trailer load back to North Carolina, White told the Citizen-Times in June.

He sells some horses, mules and donkeys after posting them on his Carolina Feedlots Facebook page. Horses able to be ridden are generally priced in the $1,000 range.

This is a common story that goes hand and hand with horse slaughter and illustrates the predatory nature of it.

Horses are not bred for slaughter like other animals. Most horses bound for slaughter are brought to the slaughterhouses by contract buyers, also known as kill buyers, who drive around the country buying horses at auction. Yet that is not the only way they procure horses.

There are numerous scams that kill buyers use. So if someone is willing to take a horse off your hands who you can no longer afford for a couple hundred bucks or nothing at all – saying he can find a good home for him – this is more than likely where your horse is headed.

According to a study commissioned by USDA/APHIS when horses were still being slaughtered in the U.S., 92% of American horses being slaughtered at US plants studied were in good health. The study observed 100% of the horses in sixty-three trailer loads arriving at two slaughter plants in Texas during July and August of 1998. (Source)

Rarely are these horses sick and injured as horses like these cannot withstand the long, crowded transportation conditions to slaughter plants.

About 90% of the horsemeat is exported for human consumption overseas, where it sells for approximately the same price as veal. The rest goes to zoos. Horse meat was outlawed in pet food in the 1970s.

A lady called Deb left this link is comments to the article:

Read full article here:

Spread the Word!

Horse Slaughter Stop Sign Decal Sticker.
3″ x 3″. $6.99 including s&h. Click Image to Order.

9 thoughts on “Kill buyer busted in SC for transporting horses without Coggins”

  1. And this cur, Justin Scott White, has the gall to pose for a photo displaying some affectionate attention towards a horse.


    1. He could be a poster boy for killer buyers. How do they sleep living such lives of constant betrayal of the innocent with absolutely no remorse. He thinks he’s a hero. Heaven help us.


      1. Agreed. I find it disturbing. Some of these people reproduce and I wonder about the example given to their offspring.
        Probably not much of a chance of the chain being broken. Violence breeds violence.


  2. My congress refuses to talk about horse meat that is poison, etc. They are absolutely silent. Indiana only has one who has signed on to the SAFE Act……Andre Carson. Where are the rest. I have called, written letters, FB, Texted, etc., but the silence is deafening! Add to the that the horses that disappear right out of their pastures and found slaughtered with their sides missing in Florida. I hope all those who do this pay a high price for eating contaminated/poisoned horse meat. Folks have got to become more vigilant; Florida is the worse! But no one is immune from this. Nothing but greed!


    1. You are right about those eating it. Horse slaughter and all the evils that go with it would not exist if people had no appetite for horse meat. The consumer drives the market.


Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s