Stop the blame – Start the solution.

The HSUS would like us to believe that the Killbuyers are the problem.  I disagree.  Killbuyers are not the problem.  When a horse ends up at auction, it is the series of owners that have failed the horse, NOT the killbuyers.   These men are taking advantage of opportunities to profit from other’s mistakes.  hafiesafe

I recently read the blog post by CEO of HSUS, Wayne Parcelle.  And Yes, killbuyers are feeding the slaughter pipeline and yes, some killbuyers are abusive and criminal.  I have met many killbuyers, and observed these men at auction.  Purchasing horses for meat is just a job to them.  Horses are inventory like cows or pigs.  They are completely disconnected from emotions and compassions that fuel us as rescuers.  I assume they were raised on farms and have learned there is difference between companion animals and livestock.  I never learned this difference.  In my world, all animals deserve comfort and compassion.

The many killbuyers I have met have all been willing to sell me any horse for their costs (or slightly higher $50).  One recently spent an hour after an auction showing me the horses he bought.  He sold me two horses for the same price he paid at auction.

What is most concerning about the blog post from HSUS?  Could this be an attempt to distract us from the real issue?  Mr. Parcelle did not mention anything about the failed SAFE Act.  This act never made it out of the committee and officially DIED in Dec, 2014. Mr. Parcelle failed to mentioned anything about the promise that HSUS would make it unlawful to transport horses across the borders for slaughter in the future.

In 2007, the HSUS created horrific and unconscionable conditions for horses by closing the US slaughter plants without a plan to mitigate and manage the unwanted horse population.  Since 2007, over 800,000 horses have shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter.

As rescuers, we are all living on the hope that the HSUS will win the battle and eliminate slaughter.  I am loosing hope.  The HSUS leads us to believe that the problem is Killbuyers.   I think we need to stop blaming and start solving the problem….

Microchips is my solution. It will bring accountability to the industry, which will create responsibility.  


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8 Responses to Stop the blame – Start the solution.

  1. NANCY WATTS says:

    Please explain why you think microchipping will play a big factor? If a person microchips a horse then dumps it at an auction, what has that person done wrong? If he wants to get rid of his horse, he has the legal right to do so. I hate anything slaughter; i just don’t get the microchipping accountability/pointy finger attitude.

  2. NANCY WATTS says:

    if i microchip my horse then sell it to jane doe then jane doe sells it at auction and then a rescuer calls me to say my horse is at auction, i am NOT at fault for that horse being there; jane doe is. I would probably go and bail the horse out but then the situation starts all over again….i need to sell that horse again….

  3. Debra Kostick says:

    I agree the kill buyers are not the reason we have slaughter they simply take advantage of the situation to make money. The ones that will sell the horses they purchase at cost or slightly above are to be commended for their compassion. Unfortunately there are a few unscrupulous ones who are outbidding the rescues, lying to families, and then pricing the horses at double or triple the auction price. None of that is causing the shear number of unwanted horses we are dealing with. What is the true cause of unwanted horses, over breeding, backyard breeding, the rodeo industry, the racing industry, the horse show industry, etc. When you have breed registries that promote breeding and do not assist in the outcome, you have a problem. When everyone with a male horse thinks his horse should be bred to every mare that comes along you have a problem. When everyone with a mare thinks she has to be bred to be earning her keep, regardless of everything else she does. Then you have the Ranchers who breed their mare band every year in order to have sound horses for their ranching and foals to sell for extra money. On top of all that you have owners who are braking these horses at younger and younger ages, putting them in competition before they are even fully grown, and you end up with horses who are lame and unsound at 5 or 6 years old. Then you add in the Reservations who sell off horses, and the BLM that round up so called excess horses and the dude ranches that sell off horses in the fall so they don’t have to feed them through the winter. With all of that you end up with horses that are unwanted, unneeded, with no where to go. I am wholly against horse slaughter, it is inhumane and for some reason I can not fathom no one seems to be able to come up with a way to kill a horse that ends with a quick painless non chemical death. You add to that the plethora of sick twisted human beings who enjoy watching animals suffer, and the fact that said individuals seem to gravitate towards those industries that have animals that are being killed such as slaughter and animal shelters. Then you have the faction of society that make their living off the work of others, horse thieves come to mind. The pharmaceutical industry who make money off the suffering of the animals. Microchipping wont work if you have unscrupulous people who don’t scan an animal before sending it across the border or through the auction. Branding could help but you have to have honest brand inspectors that actually make sure an animal belongs to the person getting the brand inspection. Above all else we have got to stop breeding horses. This country was built on the backs of horses, they carried us and our families across the vast frontier we call home. They plowed our fields and moved our cattle , and we use them and then throw them away.

    • Pam says:

      if a family cannot afford to outbid a kill buyer then they cannot afford the horse. it only takes $50 or $100 to outbid a kb. they do have a ceiling on the price they will pay. because they know that there are always more horses on the way.

  4. Ponylvr says:

    Please continue and tell me HOW a micro chip is going to feed my ponies. Is it going to vaccinate them and geld them too? Is it going to pay for the advertising to sell them? Do you think bullying people by posting the info on the chip of a going-to-processing pony going to change it’s fate? Do you really think someone who can not feed their animal is going to pay to have it chipped? Please finish your arguement.

  5. Sue Carter says:

    Talk about blaming…. This article blames HSUS and Wayne Parcelle. Where is this coming from? HSUS has done more to stop Horse-slaghter in the US than anyone! They are steadfastedly working on Legislation against transport to MX and Canada.
    Humane society International has worked hand in hand with the FVO in Europe to stop import of horsemeat. Give me a Break. this article sounds like it is influenced by humane Watch and Cavalry Group.

    • Pam says:

      they may have stopped slaughter in the US but the HSUS didn’t do a thing to help horses. all we have now is the export of horses to Mexico and Canada to slaughter which is a fate far worse that slaughter in the US

  6. jjacques says:

    Nancy – Microchips can help in two ways. First – if a horse has a microchip and is sold with a restrictive contract (No slaughter, No Auction) then there is accountability. More importantly, if a new owner purchase a horse with a microchip and a contract, they are more likely to rehome that horse responsibly because there is a fear that the would be caught and held accountable (breach of contract, in a civil court).

    Secondly, ERN has purchased and provided free scanners to volunteers who go to auctions. We are working on establishing a network of scanners looking at horses in “at risk” scenarios.

    If a horse if found with a microchip, that is registered in our Equine Protection Registry, we contact the emergency contact numbers. It is their choice to help the horse or not. Yes, if they help the horse, they are in the same situation, they now own a horse. But, isn’t that better than the horse going to Canada, Mexico or Japan? Wouldn’t you rather have the option of humanely euthanizing a horse than sending to slaughter? I would.

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