Speaking Out of Both Sides Of Your Mouth OR The Drama And Fallacy Of the Green Tag

The morally depraved women who like to scream the truck is coming also like to claim once a horse is tagged it cannot be saved.  If we’ve heard it from one of them, we’ve heard it from all.

Gee, if that were so, why is that we frequently see tagged horses on the broker and placement advertising?

The truth of the matter is that it’s really easy to tag a horse.  It’s really easy to get USDA shipping tags.  If you wanted to make it look like a horse is in danger of shipping to slaughter, you could put a USDA shipping tag on it.

The trouble is that they’ve been caught talking out of both sides of their mouths.

Right here, in bold red letters it proclaims “Once the horses are tagged – we can’t save them.”

Why then, were these horses from both Brian Moore and Bruce Rotzs’ dealer lots photographed with USDA tags on them and offered up for sale?

 Rotz's tagged horse
 Moore's tagged horse
 Another Moore tagged horse, and just below a second Rotz tagged horse

What’s the truth, ladies?  Were you actually attempting to SELL horses that were already destined to ship?  Or are you lying to your followers about the tags?   

It can’t work both ways.

The reality again is that anyone can put a tag on a horse and take a photo.  That’s not what designates that the horse is truly getting on the slaughter truck.  The horse is tagged for identification purposes.   It becomes just another four digit number, no name, no history, just a number.  Pretty damn painful to contemplate, but you have to remember the mentalities that we are dealing with here.  After tagging, the horse’s paperwork then has to be signed by an independent vet.    The same horse’s paperwork then has to be signed by a USDA certified vet.  At that point a form VS 10 - 13 is created showing all the horses consigned to the load and their identifying hip tags.

(Right here is a whole lot of examples of the VS 10 - 13:

At this point, the horses can be loaded on the truck to Hell.  As long as they aren’t rejected at the border for one reason or another, they will die in a slaughterhouse.

(Moment of silence and prayer that death will be swift, but we know that typically it is otherwise.)

What is clear in the middle of all this pain is that somebody isn’t being honest.  In fact, a number of “someones” are manipulating the truth and sucking dry the uneducated, big hearted wallets of the horse world.  It goes on and on and some of these ladies (using the term very loosely) say they have to do this keep their names out there in the public eye, some claim to be providing a service and some just flat out have to do it do survive financially, making them no better than the scum that actually load these horses and send them to their deaths.

So here’s part of your painful weekly Education.  USDA tags don’t indicate a horse is shipping to slaughter.  It indicates there is a potential for a horse to ship, providing all the other parts of the process are completed.  Or, it may just be a fallacious marketing ploy used by those morally bankrupt individuals who make a living off the blood of horses.


“Once the horses are tagged – we can’t save them.”


The Plants Are Closed, But These Horses ARE Owned By A Kill Buyer!

Honestly, as we peruse the "programs and placements" this week it was another smack yourself in the head kind of experience.  We simply can't believe the level of ummm, foolishness?  that follows these women.  Gray horses, ponies, ultra skinny horses and even resale horses.  The plants are closed for two weeks for maintenance.  But on Tuesday we saw this statement posted:


And this one:

The horses in this album are owned by a kill buyer, they have a VERY short window of time to get to safety. Location: southcentral PA. Please see our "Notes" for additional information on fees, quarantining, transport, etc. If you wish to purchase one of these horses please send us a PM. Please, no fundraising on these pages (contact us if you're a 501c3!). Deadline: Sunday 21st @noon.  (still on the web page evening 7/26)

And even this one:



Here's a beautiful gray appy.  Moore doesn't ship gray horses.  He probably got him for a song and he's being hawked for $500.  Was in NO danger of shipping.

Another skinny, sore gray.

Oh well, at least the horse is going to a good home, right?  They all do, right?  Because the adopters are completely checked out and you can return the horse if you need to, right?

This one hurts.  So thin. Senior gelding.  Very short window, but deadline TBD!  You do realize there is no meat on this poor animal, don't you?  My God, he should been trucked straight out of Rotz's hell hole and started on a feeding regimen. 

Moore was going to ship this pony, yes he was!

Another painfully thin horse, looks depressed but "seems" sound.  Was not getting on a truck.  Should have been taken home and fed immediately!

And finally, a resale horse for $1200.  If the accounts can be believed a really nice horse, but not a horse in danger.  A horse in no danger of shipping being profitably sold by a non-profit organization.  Ethical?  You be the judge.

By the way, if you run across the Village that's missing it's Idiot, we've found him.


Broker Owned Program Drama Exists Even Between Dealers Working Together - Here Comes The Bus

Certainly everyone has seen this article posted on Lancasteronline.com yesterday calling into question the legitimacy of the “danger” the horses AC4H peddles for Brian and Jen Moore are actually in.  It’s what we’ve been saying all along.  While Jen Moore unabashedly proclaims they send over 6000 horses to a violent death each year as way to make a living, and she also admits that many of the horses are “unusable.”  In other words, they aren’t good candidates for shipping, but they will tug at your heart strings.

“What isn't clear is if the horses are truly in imminent danger or if they are being selected and sold on the basis of whether they can make money for the organization, not whether they are the most needy. Also, what happens to the horses that have no one to pay their "bail," as the organization calls it? What becomes of them?

Six phone calls and two emails to Christy Sheidy, of Bernville, who heads the organization, were not returned.”

(Note we’ve corrected the misspelling of Scheidy to the correct “Sheidy.”)

We’ve been saying all along that these horses are very unlikely to ship, and Jen Moore even confirms that in her comment about the horses “may” go to other auctions.

We’d like the writer to also ask what happens to the bail money for horses that are bailed over and over again?  What about the horses being posted on multiple sites, including Craigslist?  There is no transparency in the financial end of the bailing process.  Well, there’s no transparency in anything going on in this saga.

Of course AC4H has made the news repeatedly of late, with the FBI raid in late April and ongoing allegations of conspiracy and wire fraud, and anecdotal evidence being shared by those who have dealt with the controversial rescue.  What was of note particularly is that Ray Paulick, of the Paulick Report picked up the story and posted it as front page news.  He has an international following in the racing industry.

The article talks about a breeder who was called with chilling information by one of the out of state volunteers for AC4H.  How many times have we heard that story from breeders, trainers and former owners?

“The caller told her she needed to come up with several hundred dollars fast, or her former horse was a goner.

Eerily reminiscent of another AC4H story that made the very popular Fugly Horse of the Day Blog.  It’s lengthy, but you’ll see that scare tactics have been alleged used by this group for years now.

(Big thanks to http://chestercountyramblings.com/ for caching this article and turning it into a PDF) 

Also of interest is Christy’s assertion to Ann and Billie that LuckyAllMyLife was owned by AC4H, yet they now state on their FB page:  “The horses listed through the broker program are owned by kill buyers and brokers not Another Chance 4 Horses.”  So which way is it?

What is really heartbreaking is the story of Granville, owned by Melissa Martin.  Can you imagine the horror of being told your horse was sent to slaughter?

“"I sold him to a show barn. Apparently in 2011 the show barn went belly up and he ended up at New Holland," Martin wrote in an email. "He was sold to Brian Moore, and AC4H was trying to raise money for him to be saved. Through many people, we made offers up to $4,000 but they wanted $6,000 and refused to release him."

Martin said she and other donors got frustrated because, although AC4H threatened that the horse was going to slaughter if the full $6,000 wasn't raised, she knew the horse was really too valuable to send there.

"Shortly after, all his information was taken off the AC4H website and they told me he went to slaughter to fill the truck," Martin remembered. "I recently found out he went to a resale barn but I have still yet to be able to find him anywhere."

Martin said people who buy and sell horses have a right to make money, but added, "Don't use the emotions of people to make a buck."

Certainly both the Moores and AC4H recognized this horse was valuable.  He was almost certainly one of the horses the Moore’s buy for resale.  It’s been clearly shown that horses in excess of $350 are rarely bought as meat horses.  The dealers simply can’t make money on a horse priced above that.  And very clearly, the Moores weren’t going to deny an offer of $4,000 and put a horse on a truck just to fill a load.  That’s just isn’t smart business.  Somebody offered them a little bit more and Granville was sold to them.

Cutting to the chase, what kind of a rescuer would prevent a horse from being reunited with its previous owner and tell her that he had died horribly?

It’s also been shown clearly that ponies don’t ship to slaughter.  We’ve been told that Brian Moore himself will tell you it doesn’t happen, and we’ve presented shipping records that show it to be true.  Yet minis and ponies are still being presented as “owned by a kill buyer” and in danger of shipping, even today.

Check out this “slippery” pony.  He’s a really good horse!

A mini:

Moore has been proven to not ship grays:

In fact, the AC4H broker pages are loaded with ponies and minis, all horses Moore doesn’t ship to slaughter.

Shamefully, this isn’t the only rescue who is partnering with a kill buyer to sell unshippable horses.  Seeing the clearly profitable connection, at least three other organizations in Pennsylvania and one just across the border in New Jersey have jumped on the same bandwagon.  With the New Holland Sales Stable in such close proximity it’s become a quick way to make an easy buck preying on the emotions of big hearted people who don’t understand how the system really works.

Thanks, Susan Baldridge for having the courage to write this article.  You will certainly experience a backlash from the angry minions that come scurrying out whenever the program(s) are questioned.  It’s important to raise the level of public awareness about the true intentions of some organizations who pose as rescuers of horses.  We can only hope you'll continue to expose the broker owned and placement programs for what they really are.

It’s also important to note that there are many wonderful rescues that do rescue horses the right way without partnering with kill buyers or being dealers themselves.  We thank them heartily for not perpetuating the kill buyer’s way of life and for righting the wrongs done to our beloved equines.


And then there’s the rebuttal from AC4H, complete with childlike multi-colored text and varying fonts and font sizes.  We won’t dignify the ridiculousness of the comments by linking it here, but if you do read it you’ll quickly note that the hot links to the email addresses for Mrs. Moore and Susan Baldridge have been omitted or deleted.  Manufactured?  We can only know for sure if we see the emails and their headers.

Can you hear John Cougar Mellencamp playing in the background?

“When the walls come tumblin' down, When the walls come crumblin' crumblin', When the walls come tumblin' tumblin' downnnnnnnnnn.”


Over 7760 Dead Horses Walking - Thank You, Bruce Rotz and Company


We requested the shipping documents required for a load of horses to ship to slaughter in any country outside the US that were consigned by Bruce Rotz of Shippensburg, PA.  The form itself is called a VS 10 13 and shows all the horses on the load, their breed, color and gender.  Our request was for the most current six months of information, but we received paperwork from the beginning of 2012 until the first quarter of 2013.  Note some of the pages are redundant and have been scanned twice.  You can keep track by the hip numbers of the ones that are scanned twice.

All of the paperwork shows Rotz’s horses shipping to Richelieu Viande in Massueville, Quebec, Canada.  It has been stated numerous times that Rotz ships to Mexico, but this paperwork proves otherwise.  If he is sending any horses all the way to Mexico, someone else is consigning them.  Don’t let anyone tell you Mexico doesn’t require paperwork.  That simply isn’t the truth.  All horses are inspected by an independent vet and then a USDA vet prior to shipping, and there is a form for each individual horse, as well as the documents for each load that we’ve provided at the above link for your education.

The crushing part of this story is over 7700 equine souls perished in the slaughterhouse.  Every one of the horses on these documents drew breath until Bruce Rotz sent them to a horrible death.  It’s chilling to consider as you peruse these documents.  It’s a vicious kick to the stomach and horrible ache to the heart.

Quarter horses are far and away the most documented horses he ships.  Standardbreds are second, with a number of Haflingers thrown in.  It all makes sense – horses with a good flesh to bone ratio, guaranteeing the best meat yield.

There were roughly 277 loads documented.  They held anywhere from 27 to 32 horses.
Out of 560 pages of documentation and over 7760 horses, we found two, yes, only two ponies listed as shipping.  

Minis don’t ship!  Think logically.  If you loaded minis with horses, they’d be trampled, there’d be blood everywhere, causing the other horses to slip and fall, potentially ruining an entire load.  And, as the USDA explained to us, minis simply don’t produce enough of a meat yield to utilize.

Out of 7700 horses, less than 90 were grays, less than 75 were mules and less than 80 were drafts.  Adding the grays, drafts and mules together only amounts to 3% of the horses shipped.

In some cases the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) logged and stamped the forms, but in many cases they did not.  We have found this is typical of all the forms for other KBs we’ve looked at as well.  Also, some lack dates.

Read it and weep.  Weep for the lost horses that this POS human sent to their deaths.  Call your legislators and implore them to support the SAFE Act.  Let’s bring an end to the dead horses walking.