INTERVIEW WITH A KILL BUYER — HOW RACEHORSES END UP AS MEAT
by Chip Legrand
Sydney Morning Herald, 21 Oct 2019
“Peter Loffel is the face of horse racing’s unpalatable truth.
“He is known as a kill buyer, although he prefers the term horse trader. He buys horses no one wants and trucks them to a place no horse wants to end up – the Meramist abattoir featured in last week’s 7.30 expose on ABC.
“The horses he buys are nearly all retired racehorses or trotters, he tells The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. He says he buys most of his gallopers direct from trainers, licensed participants in an industry which has spent the past four days claiming it has no idea so many thoroughbreds are sent to abattoirs.
‘Most of them are some sort of racehorse. We don’t buy people’s riding horses or saddle horses.’
“If what Loffel says is true, the industry’s claim that horses are being slaughtered beyond their sight is bunk; any trainer who sells a horse to Loffel knows exactly where [he] is going.
“The kill buying business is not complicated. Loffel buys some horses from auctions, but most of them he picks up cheaply from trainers and breeders.” Continue reading »
WHERE THERE’S RACING THERE’S SLAUGHTER
In addition to the hundreds and thousands of horses racing kills on U.S. racetracks, they send hundreds and thousands of racehorses across our borders to be mercilessly killed for their meat in Canada and Mexico. And it’s just as brutal and terrifying as anything shown in the undercover investigation that has shaken the people of Oz and everywhere else it has been seen.
You can’t help Australia’s racehorses but you can help American racehorses. Take action today on behalf of our racehorses by asking your U.S. Representative to cosponsor the anti horse slaughter bill, H.R.961. If they already have, contact your two U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor its companion bill, S.2006. Go here for tips and guidelines to ensure your success »
ALSO ON TUESDAY’S HORSE
MORE COVERAGE BY SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
• Lifetime guarantee to save horses from slaughter »
Ian Smith, the owner of Edinburgh Park Stud, says that if anyone owns one of his horses and can no longer keep it, he’ll pay $1000 to take it back so it won’t share the fate of those animals graphically featured in last week’s ABC 7.30 program.
• Horse racing on the nose, industry insiders warn »
Influential racing figures are bracing for the fallout from the horse slaughter scandal to impact on the remaining spring carnival and beyond unless racing authorities can restore public trust in how thoroughbreds are treated after they retire from the sport.
• How is horse racing cruel? »
A recent investigation puts animal welfare in the spotlight while activists have been saying horse-racing is cruel for years – but exactly how? And what do the industry and experts say in response?