Seriously, NBC you didn’t save Kevin Silverlaspia from slaughter?

Dear NBC Investigators,

I recently saw your story on  “Champion horses sent to slaughter.”  I am glad you investigated this news story.  It has gone virally through the social media and has given your network valuable exposure.

I should be praising NBC for their compassion for investigating this story but I can’t get past the “Champion” went to slaughter.  I wish NBC had done more thorough research and learned that if you can identify a horse, you can help that horse.

That “Champion” had a tattoo number on his lip.  You could have called ERN, we would River Edge Farm 4 year-old Gentle Romeohave run his tattoo through the Jockey Club and contacted his previous owners.  We have done this for hundreds of other horses and found previous owners do the right thing. They offer homes, funds and care.

This story didn’t have to end in Ohio; and Kevin Silverlaspia life didn’t  have to end in a slaughterhouse in Canada.

If a horse doesn’t have a tattoo or freezebrand ERN encourages MICROCHIPPING.   Learn more at www.EquineRescueNetwork.com ~ its not expensive, and can save your horse’s life.

Read NBC4 story at http://www.nbc4i.com/story/27417951/nbc4-investigates-champion-horses-sent-to-slaughter

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7 Responses to Seriously, NBC you didn’t save Kevin Silverlaspia from slaughter?

  1. Irene DelBono says:

    NBC probably had no idea who to contact, and there were too many horses to even think about trying to save them – which ones? How? Etc. They probably thought that by exposing the problem, people would be more aware and perhaps solutions would be found. Instead of complaining about this one horse, NBC should be thanked, and asked to do a follow up on all the rescues that are out there, how the horses are being saved, and encourage support of the rescues. If there is too much “flak” about doing this story, they will shy away from doing any more stories about the plights of animals – that would be a bad outcome. imho. Every day hundreds of horses are being shipped – and those who are aware and do nothing more than post on Facebook and expect everyone else to deal with the problem really have a nerve. As for the rescues and those who ARE doing something about it, use this opportunity to ask NBC to do a follow up so they can explain what people can do to help. imho. (Thank you ERN for all you do – I try to help lots of rescues with donations and try to get more people to donate, but please don’t let this great opportunity go by – use it to get the word out and perhaps get some funding – from NBC? viewers?)

    • Jennifer Perez says:

      Exactly, Irene! How was NBC supposed to know to contact ERN? Its great what you do, ERN, but you cannot expect anyone and everyone knows to contact ERN to use a tattoo to help a horse. I have rescued 3 horses from slaughter and didnt know you could help a horse with a tattoo. Not sure how you would expect a news outlet who is running a story one time about horse slaughter to know to contact you. Don’t knock NBC, instead be grateful they did the story at all and take Irene’s advice and perhaps do a follow up with them.

  2. MDalton says:

    Instead of beating up the reporter and NBC, why don’t you seriously and honestly try to be included in a followup piece? The story seemed to have value with a mainstream audience, and I’m sure MOST people are NOT aware of The Equine Rescue Network. This could be the perfect opportunity to get exposure for ERN’s services, rescue fund, and hotline, don’t you think?

    But the pummeling the network is getting on social media is not going to encourage them to call for help now and get rescues involved. THAT would be another tragedy in this story. A wasted, squandered opportunity to do something good now. This opportunity for exposure.

    Sales at auctions proceed quickly, and they truly may not have had the time or been prepared to buy this horse. Are you going to crucify them for research they may or may not have done? Hindsight is 20/20. Ask them now for exposure!

    • jjacques says:

      Sometimes negativity and drama stories go further than happy endings….Just say’n.

    • MDalton says:

      Just sayin? Please, we have valid points here. NBC’s story didn’t end in Ohio. Far from it! It’s very sad about this particular horse. But even ERN’s website states: “Remember- SADLY there are some horses that are not worth saving. ERN tries to focus on saving those horses that can be saved and that have a good chance at a second life. When there are so many at risk, choosing a horse that is too old, or too unsound or dangerous, will only prove costly in the end. There are so many young, lithe horses deserving of a chance. And, YES, it is hard not to save them all!”

      Moving forward, what are you hoping to accomplish with this open blog letter to NBC? Maybe you’ll get air time! I sincerely hope there’s a followup. There’s a lot about horse slaughter that the American public needs to know (encourage people to press for the SAFE act and work on legislation!). Focus on that.

  3. P. Huxford says:

    While I do agree that this piece did bring mainstream awareness to the plight of unwanted horses it was still an “investigated piece”. The ” investigative ” portion was not thorough if they didn’t know or try to find out about the rescues! Anyone with a computer can type in a search for horse rescues in Ohio and find one. They could have contacted one of them to help with this story, even if it was just to get a quote. Isn’t it their job to investigate all aspects of a story? They could have put up a link on their website of how the public could help the rescues instead of just leaving viewers with a sad ending.

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