Amy Bayes (left) and her daughter Saje Bayes run Greenwood Stables and Equine Horse Rescue outside Peabody, Kan. They buy horses from a nearby “kill buyer” and put them up for adoption. Keith Myers Read more here:

Mother-daughter team up with kill buyer to save horses from slaughter

PEABODY, KAN. — Donald Bradley, reporting for the Kansas City Star, writes:

Every day, often several times a day, Saje Bayes drives the dirt road to the kill lot.

There she sees the horses that will soon be loaded on a truck to Mexico for slaughter.

Saje and her mother, Amy Bayes, save the ones they can.

“New ones show up all the time,” said Saje, 20, a college student. “I need to see them.”

In the dark, sometimes secretive world of horse slaughter in America — a longtime controversy that some think may soon kick back up with a new president — a natural enmity exists between horse rescue groups and “kill buyers,” the grim term used for those who purchase horses to resell them to Mexican slaughter plants.

Then there’s Saje (pronounced sage) and Amy Bayes, who run Greenwood Stables and Equine Horse Rescue. They have a working relationship with a kill buyer not far from their place near the Whitewater River on the western edge of the Flint Hills in south-central Kansas. The man lets them have dibs on any horse they think they can find a home for.

Last year, that amounted to 700 horses. Sounds like a lot, but it’s only a fraction of the number that went to Mexico on the man’s crowded trucks.

“The picking is the worst thing ever,” said Amy Bayes, who works as a librarian in Newton.

She agreed to talk about her relationship with the man only if his name was not used in this story. She worried that animal welfare activists could jeopardize the arrangement she has with him.

“He puts up with a lot from us,” Amy said. “He lets us pull horses he would rather we not. He gives us a chance to find them homes. He’s been nice. We’re not friends by any means, and he knows what side I’m on. We just agree to disagree.” Continue reading »

Photo: Keith Meyers, Kansas City Star.

12 thoughts on “Mother-daughter team up with kill buyer to save horses from slaughter”

  1. Any rescue that is not posting it’s tax returns and paying kill buyers is not ethical. I have also heard that a family member does the taxes. Seems a little bit odd to me. Legitimate 5013c have requirements to be transparent and it seems this family venture” is not being transparent. Red flags are waving, most rescues do not pay kill buyers, they help their community and intercept them at auctions. This venture is fishy.

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  2. I’m baffled. If I click on “Continue reading”, the article does not continue but I’m directed to the expired website? does have them listed. It shows 2015 Contributions and grants of $87,825 and Program service revenue for 2015 at $45,780 with total revenue $133.605. Just FYI, 2016 Contributions and grants decreased to $45,470, however, Program service revenue jumped to $362,220!! Total revenue for 2016 was $407,690. A phone number is listed on Guidestar Tel: 620-518-8979 Perhaps someone can do further investigating. Why would such a profitable non-profit let their website domain expire???

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  3. Their domain name has expired. If anyone knows how to get a hold of this mother daughter team please tell them.


  4. Education and awareness……together, we can end horse slaughter. There IS a home for every horse.


  5. Saje and your mother, thank you for the work you do, for your dedication, kindness and love for these unfortunate animals. With people like you this world would be much better place to live in, for all of us as well as for animals.

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  6. As Carolyn wrote – choosing which horses you can save has to be heart-wrenching. Anyone who rescues horses or any animal is such a special human being.

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  7. Wonderful work these women are doing but it must be hard deciding which horses to save knowing that the ones left behind will suffer so terribly.

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      1. No, to your question back in October 1, 2017. It seems that this article has resurfaced with Mary’s comment above and i’ve only just noticed Jo Anne’s comment now. There are unscrupulous rescuers here in Australia making a lot of money out of discarded horses, not all of them find a home and end up sold to kill buyers.


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