Will American horse slaughter once again be illegal in 2014?
In 2007, a bill was passed that included defunding USDA inspections of horse slaughter facilities, effectively ending horse slaughter in America. Then in 2011, Obama signed an Agriculture bill that included basically this: "Okay, fine, it's now legal to fund FDA inspections of horse slaughter plants again." However, the bill didn't throw money at those inspections either; it just said it was legal to pay for them now. Now there is rumor of a 2014 bill that will once again prevent money from being spent on inspection of horse slaughtering facilities.
Of course none of this prevents kill buyers from shipping horses to Canada and Mexico.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a little glad that our country is sort of heading in the direction of protecting horses. However, this "protection" amounts to less than a thimble full of bullshit when we don't A) prevent overbreeding and poor breeding, B) do a better job of supporting horse rescues, and C) educate people about horse ownership.
An auction report from Kristin King shows that horses at the Menomonie auction this weekend went for peanuts. (You can read that below.) Some of those horses may be headed to slaughter in Canada... and some of them may just go hungry at home. I just saw $14 small square hay bales at Fleet Farm. No fucking kidding.
So yeah, we can legislate good ideas all we want... but what really needs to change is the behavior and ideals of horse owners. It's the vicious cycle all over again.
HORSES AT MENOMONIE AUCTION 2013
by Kristin King
#94 – 12 yr old bay pony mare. Driven through, rides, drive single & double, owned by a disabled man, she was very quiet and appeared easy to drive. High bid was $75 but it was No Saled
#91 – 7 yr bay/wht pinto, quarter / Belgian cross mare, rides & drives, single/double, no spook $775
#80 – yearling reg. Percheron mare, well behaved, calm, beautiful, high stepping, good mover $700
#79 – 6 yr. Quarter/Percheron gelding, rides & drives, little nervous, handler rode bareback with halter/lead $900
#34 – 10 yr Quarter pony gelding, chestnut w/4 white socks, rides & drives, many trailrides $375
#75 – 6 yr pony gelding, Blk, rode through ring, very broke, Shetland size $200
#77 &78 – 2 yr old Percheron mares, sisters, Amish broke, very nice team, driven through $1050 each
#66 – yearling reg. mini, red roan, futurity nominated $65
#67 - 2 yr reg. silver buckskin mini, gelding $85
#99 & 100 – mini Belgian mares, no Halflinger blood, mother/daughter team, well broke, gentle, very cute and calm, driven through, High bid was $350 each but No Sale
#96 – 6 yr Quarter pony mare, sorrel, bald face and 4 white socks, bareback in the ring, nice mare $375
#38 – 3 yr Arab/Appaloosa pony gelding, rides & drives, quick, responsive, can shoot off him, No Sale
#46 – yearling reg. paint, chestnut/wht overo mare, long legs, excellent condition, calm, gorgeous neck, put together real nice.
#54 – black pony gelding, Shetland size, rode through, No Sale
#70 – 15 yr. tiny Appaloosa mini stallion, rides/drives, behaved well $25
#92 – 4 yr. Shetland mare, blk/wht pinto, rides/drives, parades, very well behaved, calm, driven then ridden $325
#20 – yearling AQHA mare, chocolate palomino, very correct, bred for barrels, will be big, No Sale
#69 – 14 yr reg. sorrel pinto gelding pony, 37” tall, broke to drive, National champion twice, No Sale
#68 – reg. mini mare, palomino, 37” tall, broke $50
#11 – 9 yr. paint large pony gelding, not for beginners, came off a ranch, very personable, neck reins, good looking, great on trails $425
#76 – 10 yr. chestnut/wht pony mare, rides/drives, little thin, wormy, from South Dakota $20
#42 – yearling reg. bay mare, pretty head, big hip, kicked her handler No Sale
#43 – 8 yr Blk Quarter pony gelding, stocky, extensively trailridden by a 10 yr girl. $850
#86 – 3 yr Halflinger cross gelding, really cute. $50
#1 – grade Quarter gelding, bay, super broke, sound, safe, used in feed lots, side passes, neckreins, very quiet, calm on trails $1900
#2 – 14 yr. reg. BS Paint mare, bay, quiet, all around horse, neckreins, nice, safe $600
#3 – 9 yr. TB bay gelding, trail rides, started on barrels, neckreins $275 to kill buyer
#4 – 15 yr. bay AQHA gelding, gentle, broke for anyone, rode bridleless No Sale
#58 – 10 yr TWH gelding, Blk/white, ridden bareback $125
#5 – AQHA mare, blk, gentle, quiet, rides anywhere, No Sale
#6 – 9yr palomino gelding, grade, rides everywhere on farm and next to highway, quiet, calm, neckreins, very tolerant of his crappy rider, No Sale
#7 – 9 yr gelding, Blk/wht, drives great, rides trails, neckreins, no foolishness from him $275
#8 – 5 yr reg. TWH mare, palomino, rides, No Sale
#9 – 2 yr. reg. AQHA colt, well bred, dark grey w/blk points, gorgeous, very correct, bred for barrels high bid was $1900 but No Sale
#10 – 6 yr AQHA gelding, chestnut, pleasure/halter bred, safe, rides very nice, family type horse $775
#12 – Bay roan, No Sale at $600
#13 – AQHA palomino mare, top notch breeding, shown till 6 yrs old, trail rides, No Saled at $1200
#14 – Bay gelding, very broke, calm $600
#15 – 19 yr. blk/wht tobiano mare, very well broke, calm, comes when called, dbl registered. $300
#16 – 6 yr sorrel gelding, nice riding horse, well broke No Sale
#17 – 8 yr AQHA gelding, well bred, well broke, roped off, spins, slide stops, nice nice horse $225
#18 – 15 yr. pinto mare, well broke, $225
#19 – 8 yr. grey/blk gelding, gentle, anyone can ride, neckreins, nice boy, easy ride, No Sale
#21 – 8 yr. AQHA buckskin mare, very gentle, very quiet, $700
#22 – 10 yr. gray Percheron/Qtr gelding, from ranch in Nebraska, done everything $550
#23 – 4 yr grade roan gelding, 30 days riding, going very nicely, No saled at $825
#25 – 7 yr bay roan gelding, used in feedlot, safe, gentle, side passes, spins, good looking boy. No Sale
#30 – 4 yr reg. Appaloosa gelding, chestnut with blanket, well bred, good looking, well broke No Sale
There were many more horses still waiting for their turn in the ring but I had to leave. I heard the prices went lower and lower as the day went.