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.