Wellington, FL - December 2, 2008 - A VOICE FOR THE HORSES IS HEARD! Finally some justice, although after reading through the document there is so much more that this man has done and we, as well have others, have witnessed these acts of cruelty. Anyone who has been to Sugarcreek knows this just skims the surface. This is such a horrific kill auction. Eyewitnesses, rescues and individuals have been using their voice for years to try and convey the horrific conditions that the horses, yearlings and foals that have been sent to slaughter endure from the time they enter the auction to the time they arrive at the slaughterhouses. This is even before they are inhumanely slaughtered.
THEY DO send pregnant mares, THEY DO send cripple horses, THEY DO mix Stallions with mares and young babies, THEY DO send underage horses, THEY DO switch tags. For years the killbuyers have not abided by the laws that this country has put in place, they do not abide by the laws that all of us must follow. Finally this has come to light and action has been taken. This could not be a better example of why the Bill H.R. 6598 MUST be passed!
Here is an article from Animals' Angels who have been doing investigative work to put an end to this cruel and inhumane treatment. This article is very graphic and one aspect to remember is that this is BEFORE they are slaughtered this is how they arrived. http://www.kaufmanzoning.net/nov24/pressrelease.pdf
Leroy Baker d/b/a Sugarcreek Livestock Auction has been fined $162,800 for failure to comply with the Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter Act. http://www.kaufmanzoning.net/nov24/Baker081001_AQ_08-0074_dd.pdf
According to witnesses, Baker has been sending cripple and hurt horses to slaughter. He has lied to many people including me regarding horses that he stated would be put down and instead he would wait for all to be gone and then load the horses and ship them to slaughter. Here is the story of Sham.
This is just one example of the inhumane treatment that goes on at kill auctions. We named this horse Sham. He had no business being at this auction or traveling to Mexico/Canada. He was lying down in the pen and being stepped on by the other horses and cows, lying in manure. We spoke to Leroy Baker, the auction house owner, who said that the horse would be put down at the end of the day. Mr. Baker thought we had left for the day, but we came back, only to find him moving this horse with a Backhoe around the cow's pen... THE HORSE WAS STILL ALIVE. At that time we asked Mr. Baker if we could please take ownership of this horse. It was obvious their intentions were not to kill him but to put him on the truck to Mexico. We paid him and immediately took action. Sham was not only hurt but he was also dehydrated and colicing. We worked on Sham for two days, enough to get him stable enough to transfer to the hospital where he was humanely euthanized, Sham had a fractured pelvis, can you imagine this horse traveling 1000's of miles to slaughter. There are not State vets that attend this auction, there are not qualified DVM's that attend this auction and there are not any humane officers that attend this auction that are insuring the laws are followed.
Equines that have horrible injuries such a broken pelvis, fractured bones, broken back and broken legs travel thousands of miles to Canada and Mexico. This is an illegal practice.
For years we have been arguing that the horses that go to slaughter are not "old & infirm" they are good quality horses. Less that 5% of the horses that go to slaughter are "old & infirm." It is ILLEGAL to ship horses that are crippled and unable to travel. It is also illegal to violently hurt mutilate horses, such as Stallion who should be segregated into submission so that they will travel in crammed tractor-trailers. This act MUST come to an end once and for all. It is time that everyone stands up in support of H.R. 6598 and we not longer allow this cruel and inhumane treatment. While horse slaughter plants were active in out country they were not following the legal humane guidelines and this is evident in the closing of these plants. Now horses are being shipped to Canada and still suffering cruel and inhumane treatment not only at the slaughterhouses but also at the kill auctions and during the transportation.
The Triumph Project - Victoria McCullough of the Davis-McCullough Foundation founded the Triumph Project as an awareness campaign to enlighten the world through unified efforts, both in the United States as well as abroad, of the betrayal of our equine ally. Throughout history, horses have served us by escorting us to battle, tilling our fields, drawing our carriages, and enriching our lives as our companions and friends.
Pure Thoughts Inc. - is an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of horses, yearlings and foals that were intended to go to slaughter for human consumption. These horses would have been brutally tortured and slaughtered. Pure Thoughts Inc. Horse & Foal Rescue also rescues horses from starvation, abuse and neglect, any horse in need. To date, over 1400 innocent equines have been saved and we will continue to fight for the horses. We cannot do this alone...we need your help!! Please help us and others save these beautiful animals and please remember in your thoughts the ones we were unable to reach.
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