A band of heavily pregnant Thoroughbred mares, including a badly crippled horse whose future is uncertain, was rescued from the New Holland Auction Feb. 29, 2016. Via Off Track Thoroughbreds.

Livestock auction in New Holland where meat men prey on horses is banning photos and videos

MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — News of the Horse reports that the livestock auction in New Holland, Pennsylvania, is banning photos and videos.

New Holland auction is notorious among horse lovers chiefly because it is one of the largest sales rings where horses are dumped in some of the most deplorable circumstances imaginable and preyed on by meat man acting on behalf of horse slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico.

Anyone with even the slightest knowledge of horse slaughter has heard of New Holland auction.

It is where thousands of horses each year enter what has commonly become referred to as the “slaughter pipeline”.

Ford Turner, reporting for McClatchy-Tribune Informational Services, writes:

Every Monday, 200 or more thoroughbreds, Amish-owned work animals, Tennessee walkers, tiny “miniatures” and other varieties of horses pass between tiered plank seats full of auction spectators. The roughly 1,500 consignors, or sellers, who bring animals to the auction every week come from Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Maine and elsewhere.

Jo Parto, a humane police officer with Animal Rescue League of Berks County, said [in 2014] New Holland gained a reputation in years past because of cruelty cases. But, she said, New Holland “has cleaned up a lot. They try not to take in the skinny, injured horses.”

Skinny, injured horses are not going to bring much of a price if any, even by the meat man — or should we say especially by the meat man. Meat men, also called kill buyers, are typically paid by the pound. Skinny horses don’t produce much meat. Injured horses aren’t likely to survive the long, painful journey to Mexico or Canada crammed together with other terrified horses with no food or water in all temperatures.

And if New Holland has cleaned up its act, why are they banning photos and videos?

It is pretty apparent to us it is because New Holland auction no longer wants the egregious acts of cruelty committed against the luckless animals who pass through its hands to be exposed and documented. The ones below are cases in point.

Lancaster Online reported in November, 2016:

Animal cruelty officers hope DNA testing will help find the former owner of three mutilated horses found this week at New Holland Sales Stables. Someone used a caustic or acidic substance to obliterate identifying tattoos on the inner lips of the thoroughbred horses, according to veterinarian Dr. James Holt, who works for the auction house. The mares were turned over to the Pennsylvania SPCA. Similar cases have been reported elsewhere in Pennsylvania, PSPCA spokeswoman Gillian Kocher said.

News of the Horse reported:

In May, 2016, a horse was dropped off at the sale in terrible condition. When auction workers saw investigators with Animal Angels documenting the condition of the horse, they took the horse to the back, shot it, and dumped it in the trash. See full story at Animals’ Angels.

In March, 2015, a partially blind horse that was shot over 120 times at close range by a paintball gun was found at the New Holland auction. See original story at Lancaster Online. See follow up story on the “paint ball horse” they named Lily.

Lily, the "Paint Ball Horse", abandoned at New Holland auction, was rescued by Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey. She was treated at New Bolton where she had to have an eye removed, and retired to a sanctuary. Sadly, Lily died, peacefully, shortly thereafter. The owner who dumped Lily at New Holland later said the mare was not hit with paint balls but was "used as a canvass".
Lily, the “Paint Ball Horse”, abandoned at New Holland auction, was rescued by Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey. She was treated at New Bolton where she had to have an eye removed, and retired to a sanctuary. Sadly, Lily died, peacefully, shortly thereafter. The owner who dumped Lily at New Holland later said the mare was not hit with paint balls but was “used as a canvass”.

News of the Horse point out:

It is illegal in Pennsylvania to sell a horse that “which by reason of debility, disease or lameness, or for other cause, could not be worked or used without violating the laws against cruelty to animals, or leads, rides, drives or transports any such horse for any purpose, except that of conveying the horse to the nearest available appropriate facility for its humane keeping or destruction or for medical or surgical treatment.” See https://www.animallaw.info/statute/pa-cruelty-consolidated-cruelty-statutes.

Where are the people working for the USDA who reportedly have an office at New Holland auction while these crimes are being committed?

Then there’s this.

“We have a lot of Amish who come to the sale, and they don’t like their picture being taken to begin with,” auction part owner Ryan Colb told reporters.

For images of horses at New Holland auction, please see “A Day at New Holland“. Viewer discretion advised.

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A band of heavily pregnant Thoroughbred mares, including a badly crippled horse whose future at the time was uncertain, are rescued from the New Holland Auction Feb. 29, 2016. Via Off Track Thoroughbreds.

25 thoughts on “Livestock auction in New Holland where meat men prey on horses is banning photos and videos”

  1. Very sad and horrible for the horses. We sell off our pets full of drugs, wormer, and all kind of chemicals to be fed to ppl. It’s very sad. I’m angry that an excuse like Amish not liking photos has put these animals plight ever dimmer to a happy ending.

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  2. I am sorry but the pictures and video’s have helped saved so many horse’s/pony’s/donkey’s/foals and that poor pony name Lilly that had the paint all over her and was blind that needed vet care ASAP.

    There are so many people that work who are unable to make it to this sale so pictures, video’s help rescue or save a life and stop them from going on the trailer of the road to hell.

    So we need these people/rescues to post these video’s and pictures of these horse’s.

    If allowed to post pictures/video’s then it is going to be like a circle every week, the broker’s buy them post and resale, and the meat buyers buy and the rescues save a few. Then next week repeat.

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  3. Shared this to my FB; Totally aware of this; we need to become more active and uses awareness to address this and open folk’s eyes to horse slaughter. This will only stop if we demand it….think of the poisonous meat in horses from all the chemicals they are fed. Become a voice for the voiceless. Share this with your family and friends and help them to become aware of this!

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  4. There should be cameras there so to be sure there is no abuse even though the entire happening is abusive. There are some horses that are brought there that are in a bad way and this all needs to be on camera and there should be cameras outside as well as inside

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  5. Seriously, because of the Amish!!
    I grew up in Hershey Pennsylvania we would travel Route 322 … where the auction house is located ,to get to the Lebanon entrance to the turnpike. Lancaster like Hershey is a tourist attraction in the summer, the Amish are on there horse and buggies at the side of the road or out in the fields, when the tourists take their picture, all they do is turn their body and at the very least their heads away.

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