I met Carl yesterday when we took the donkeys to get their teeth looked at. A man we've met before that keeps horses at the Equestrian Center, said I had to come meet his new horse. As we walked along he started telling me..........the story.
An outfitter in another state sold a complete string of horses. They were loaded on a double decker cattle hauler & before coming into or thru Arizona stopped close to the border to do Coggins testing & get their paperwork in order. When it came time to reload them, the vet told the driver he was already overweight & refused to load the last horse, & offered to buy him for $300. A friend of the vet knew this man had always wanted a draft horse & within a couple of weeks, here he is named Carl for the vet.
We stopped walking in front of one of the most magnificent animals I have ever seen. Measured at about 6 feet at the withers (18.2 hands to be exact), feet like dinner plates, probably 2000 pounds or more, black as coal, & friendly as a puppy. Well trained, picked his feet up on voice command, & moved away when touched. He even knew how to mug me for treats I had in a fanny pack.
Bert looked at his teeth after he got thru with our little guys, & said his teeth had recently been worked on. I guess we all looked surprised, & Bert explained that since there are no slaughter houses in the U.S, only in Mexico & Canada, they are hauling horses to feed lots before crossing the borders. He said they can get the meat to marble (which isn't normal for horses) in a couple of weeks of high powered feeding, & float their teeth, so they get maximum utilization of the feed. Then they are hauled to their fate, across the border.
You might wonder about the double decker haulers, being used to transport equines. It is illegal to haul horses to slaughter in double deckers, right? There is nothing in the law about hauling horses in double deckers to feed lots. A technicality used by people that exploit these animals & squeeze every penny from them. It seems legislation no matter how well meaning, ever completely covers the subject. People against slaughter of horses, fought & won the battle to close down the last 3 remaining slaughterhouses in the U.S. BUT, without closing the borders to mass hauling of horses, the process is still in place. Except now the animals are hauled even farther & handled under inhumane conditions we can only imagine.
John came up with an interesting idea that I haven't heard from anyone else. Rather than go after the horse slaughter industry & try to shut them down, when there is money to be made, go after the end result. The people in foreign countries that eat high priced horse meat. Anyone that has equines knows that almost any meds, say it can't be used in animals for human consumption. Can you imagine the amount of drugs in race horses for example? Maybe an ad campaign touting the amount of drugs in the meat these people are eating...........?????
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