MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — No horses have been legally slaughtered for human consumption in the US since 2007, when the last operating horse slaughterhouse in Illinois was closed down.
In 2017, kill buyers are still making a killing.
Numbers vary, but the general consensus is that approximately 130,000 US horses are slaughtered annually across its borders. It is the job of the kill buyer acting on behalf of these slaughterhouses to supply those numbers. Often this is done at livestock auctions. But they also prey on unsuspecting horse owners and many are also known horse thieves.
Unless something drastically changes, those numbers look to stay the same.
The number of US horses slaughtered may suffer a hiccup or two in the near future.
The new EU mandate of a six month waiting period for US horses crossing the border into Canada before they can be slaughtered for human consumption should diminish the numbers killed when it starts on March 31.
However, we know from previous experience with the Canadian EID — a passport of sorts listing all the medications a horse received in his lifetime but was constantly forged — that kill buyers and horse dealers are very adept at circumventing the law.
And who’s to enforce it?
In the meantime, our sources tell us that slaughterers in Mexico are scrambling to convert existing facilities and expand others in anticipation of the new EU restrictions concerning Canada when thousands of slaughter horses may be redirected to Mexico.
If thousands more slaughter horses are indeed sent instead to Mexico, a side effect of this will likely be horses turned back at the border.
Horses bound for slaughter and turned back at the Mexican border are sometimes cruelly abandoned after they have already made a long, horrifying journey in all temperatures without food and water, many of them injured, and some of them pregnant and mares with foals.
Kill buyers have been known to tell the transporters to get rid of them because they do not want the expense of returning the horses to the feedlot when most probably wouldn’t survive the return trip anyway. So they are turned loose.
Horses turned loose like this have been rescued when known about but most die a long, agonizing death, as the numerous carcasses that have been found tell us.
There are several kill buyer lists on the internet. If you learn of any, please report them to us anyone on the list below. But do not approach them. They can be very dangerous people.
It is amazing how much these people look like the ruthless killers they are; like serial killers. Very creepy.
KILL BUYER LIST
• Killer Buyers Exposed on Facebook »
• Kill Buyers and Horse Dealers in the USA — Equine Rescue Network »
• Known Killer Buyer List — Mary Nash’s Horsemeat Website »
• Kill Buyers of Horses United States — My Horse Forum »
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