Items

Forums
Where Kill Buyers Get Horses
 By Saferaphus   •   30th Dec 2016   •   1,859 views   •   1 comments
Where Kill Buyers Get Horses

If you want to prevent your horse from ending up on a truck headed for a slaughterhouse, itís probably safe to say you shouldnít sell through an auction. Certainly, it is possible for a horse sold to a private buyer to end up in the slaughter pipeline. But, itís less likely since picking up a horse here and one there isnít an efficient way for a kill buyer to collect them in the volume necessary for reasonable profit. Kill buyers are far more likely to be sitting alongside an auction pen. Horse Defence Canada estimates that over 65% of horses at auctions go for slaughter. At an auction, a buyer who wants to fill a truck with horses can do so in a morning or afternoon, rather than travelling all over the countryside and dealing with individual sellers.

So where are these buyers likely to be found? There are quite a number or auction houses in North America where trucks leave filled with horses bound for slaughter. Here is a look at some of the larger auctions where kill buyers frequent.

Ontario Livestock Exchange
Just south of where I live, OLEX, or Ontario Livestock Exchange on the outskirts of Kitchener Ontario, has weekly sales where a large percentage of the horses sold will be loaded on transport trucks. Often, theyíll make a stop at a private feedlot for a while, before continuing on to the processing plant. On any Tuesday, 30 to 60 horses are put through. A good number of these are Standardbreds. And, anywhere from 40% to 90% of all horses that go through are bought by kill buyers.

Beaver Hill Auctions
Beaver Hill Auctions just south of Edmonton, Alberta claims it is one of the largest regular horse sales in Canada. Buyers and sellers from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba frequent this auction. These auctions run the last Saturday of the month. Recently, extra sale dates were added to cope with the Ďlooseí horses that go through, and to accommodate an additional exporter selling meat to Europe.

Enumclaw Sales Pavilion
One of the more well-known U.S. auctions is Enumclaw Sales Pavilion in Washington State. Here, monthly sales are held with anywhere from 20 to 40 horses put through. The number seems to increase during the summer months. A little more than half of the horses that go to this sale will end up in the kill pen.

New Holland Pennsylvania
New Holland, near Morgantown, Pennsylvania is where another large horse auction is held. This is the largest horse auction in the eastern United States. While no auction has a great reputation, New Holland seems to be especially sordid. This is a weekly sale. Each Monday about two-hundred horses go through, with anywhere from 25 to 50% being sold to meat dealers.

Sugar Creek Livestock Auction
Sugar Creek Livestock Auction runs every Friday. This is another auction with a seedy reputation. Here about 50 horses are auctioned off and most go to kill buyers.

Billings Horse Auction
Billings Horse Auction puts a very large volume of horses through its sale and often has several kill buyers bidding. Sales can have over 900 horses put through, most often Ďlooseí and over half can go to the killers. Loose horses are those put through the ring without a rider. Those that are ridden through are called saddle horses.

Now you might, like I did, start adding these numbers up on your fingers and notice that they donít add up to the thousands of horses reported that go through auctions into the slaughterhouse pipeline. Thatís because these are only a few of the most well-known auctions that are happening within North America. There are many smaller auctions, some of which feed horses into these as well. Additionally, not all horses that go to the auction grounds get put through the selling pen. Some arrive on one truck and are loaded onto another.
Horse News More PB Articles About:  slaughter,
Horse News More In This Category:  Horse Rescue and Abuse      Horse News More From This Author:  Saferaphus
Among the Narcissi  
I live in Ohio about an hour away from Sugarcreek, and have been behind the scenes in the auction pen with a vet (a group of students got permission to practice drawing blood on the animals there and palpating cows, etc.) In exchange for being able to do this, we were told to not mention anything about our experience publicly.

I have been there, and Sugarcreek is much more horrific than the three-sentences in this article makes it out to be.

At Sugarcreek, I witnessed dozens of horses and cattle, most in deplorable condition, being held in filthy old pens without food or water. The air smelled like... feces and death. Like fear. I don't think I saw a single animal without the whites of it's eyes showing... If they were healthy enough to open their eyes.

I had to step over two dead calves to make my way into one of the back pens. The stress of being there routinely sends cows into premature labor, I'm told. Groups of skinny Jersey cows, most heavily pregnant, were huddled toget
  Jan 5, 2017  •  1,827 views
 More News by Saferaphus
Newfoundland Pony Near Extinction
16th Jun 2018   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
When one pictures the rugged scenery of Newfoundland and Labrador, ponies rarely make it into the picture. Salt cod, dense fogs, deep snows, rough water perhaps. But, in that beautiful but often times harsh environment, a hardy br ...
Types of Hobby Horses
12th Jun 2018   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
How many of us, dreaming of riding a real horse, rode a hobby horse instead? Hobby horses have evolved, perhaps not so profoundly as real horses. But clearly, from very early on, hobby horses have satisfied some sort of need to ho ...
Keeping and Using Stallions
10th Jun 2018   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
There are a lot of myths about stallions. Some people believe only men should handle stallions. Many think they are more majestic, noble and wild than mares and geldings. Most of us take for granted that you donít turn a stallion ...
Cannabis For Horses
9th Jun 2018   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
Marijuana legalization is a hot topic. Here in Canada, itís about to be legalized. It already is in several states and countries. Iím not going to comment about the pros and cons of legalization, or of its use in general. After re ...
What is That Cough
6th Jun 2018   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
In Eastern Canada, a contagious disease is quarantining stables and shutting down events. Streptococcus Equi, a bacterial infection better known as strangles, has even shut down the famous RCMP musical ride. Strangles presents its ...
Horse Trailer Accidents
3rd Jun 2018   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
Horse Trailer accidents really scare me. Iíve seen horses hung over the chest bars, cast upside down on the floors, stuck halfway out the human doors, hung up in tie ropes and I know of at least one that climbed out the side windo ...
The Economics of Horses
2nd Jun 2018   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
A 2017 study of the horse industry by the American Horse Council found that the horse industry has a $50 billion impact on the overall economy in the United States. This did not take into account the spending of race and competiti ...
Unusual Things To Do On A Horse
30th May 2018   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Saferaphus
Cleaning stalls leaves your mind pretty free to wander. So lately, with a pitchfork in my hand, I wondered what else do people do on horseback besides just ride? ...
  View All News by Saferaphus
 
©2002 - 2018   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
390 Members Online 239,806 Registered Members 2,440 News Articles 10,066,104 Unique News Article Views 218,988,994 Website Views