The palomino appendix quarter horse stood shaking with fright when she was off-loaded from a trailer at the New Holland Auction. The mare who appeared to be in her late teens was assessed to be a 1.5 on the Henneke body condition scale. Her coat was matted; she was depressed and hungry.
The driver of the truck tried to give her away; New Holland refused to let the horse go through auction because she was unfit for sale. He tried to sell her to a few brokers, and they refused. There were 4 killbuyers at the auction and not one of them was interested in taking her for free. No one wanted a starving, skinny old horse. Even if a killbuyer could have been convinced to take the mare, chances are she would not have made the trip. Chances are her meat would not have been acceptable to the slaughterhouse either.
” That is what the fallacy of horse slaughter is,” states Christy Sheidy, co-founder of Another Chance 4 Horses, the all breed rescue who accepted the skinny horse into their rescue program yesterday when the mare was surrendered because no one wanted to buy her.
.” When horses are suffering, they need special attention; and that costs money. It’s also inconvenient and takes a lot of time, so instead of being a responsible owner, some body just leads her into a truck to get rid of her. The other horse that came with her; so severely injured himself on the truck he had to be euthanized.”
According to the AVMA.org website, ” With the closing of the equine slaughter plants in the United States, horse owners choosing slaughter as an option must arrange to have their horses shipped to either Canada or Mexico; the additional cost of shipping reduces the value of these horses even further. Recent media reports describe horse auctions where horses have been shot by the owners of the auction house because the horses were not sold and were abandoned at the auction by the sellers. The costs involved in feeding, caring, and shipping these horses simply exceeded their market value. As much as we wish this were not the case, it is the reality.”
Sheidy disagrees with the AVMA, and states, ” The reality is that we have always shipped horses to Canada and Mexico and with 4 killbuyers who are purchasing horses for those specific loads, they could have easily put this mare on the shipment. However, the reality is that slaughter doesn’t solve or prevent any of these problems. The horses that the kill buyers did load up were horses they bid against private buyers, each other and other dealers as well as other horse rescues. They were horses that were wanted and could have easily been rehomed and gone on to live happy lives with families who want and appreciate them.”
Vet tech Amber Holt named the surrendered mare, DunnMeWrong. Her photographs have been posted on websites, facebook, and chat groups. Donations have come in from as far as South Africa and England. Horse advocates have rallied to help DunnMeWrong recover,and she has touched the hearts of many.
The Drexel Ave fifth graders sent a message via their teacher Julie Corwin, that they are” heavily involved with several horse rescue foundations and do whatever we can in our own little way to make a difference. They (students) asked to see the pictures of the horse saved from Georgia, and I plan on showing them tomorrow. I’m sure the impact will be great. Perhaps I’ll film the discussion after and have them create a public service announcement as an assignment on the subject. ……. it is people like YOU on the front lines whose contributions are extraordinary.”