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.
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.