The Secondary Horse Market - Internet Sales - There is No Difference Here

There's a reason we hate broker owned programs.  Kill buyers and unscrupulous partners profit from these poor creatures.  Horses disappear.  Sometimes, they reappear on other BO lots and then there's lots of finger pointing between the adversaries.  How many times have we seen that in the last few months?  Well intentioned people lose their money and have their hearts broken.  In a world where real rescuers should unite, we've got a group of bottom feeders sucking the donors dry.

And then it happens again.  Horses very much wanted and paid for "go missing."

It's been stated that such great relationships have been forged  with these kill buyers, how could such a thing happen?

Troubling news, folks. The horses we network are kept at a layover barn separate from the rest of the horses the KB buys. When he went to fetch them this evening ready to take them to New Holland tomorrow morning (for transfer to their new owners), the TB and STB (the last 2 standing) were not there. He believes they were stolen. The person who bailed them has been refunded (though if the horses are subsequently located in his main pen we'll let the buyer know). Meanwhile we will be at New Holland tomorrow as planned to hand over the two pintos and the hinny to their new owners (the Walker Twins already went home).

That upstanding citizen, Mr. Rotz wouldn’t have even bought these two horses if he didn’t have a great marketing team to dispose of them.  They are skinny, “not of good flesh,” and one is a Thoroughbred, which Richelieu Slaughter House has vehemently said they don’t want.

(A few excerpts from the article):

the plant advises all his suppliers to not BUY those thoroughbred[s] and overall not have them ship to us. . . . For us, thoroughbred[s] are definitely banned from our premises.”

Asked whether Richelieu had told him to stop buying Thoroughbreds on the company’s behalf, supplier Bruce Rotz of Shippensburg, Pa., said: “They did. I buy horses for them. We never did bring them too many Thoroughbreds. We tried to stay away from them. They’re just aggravation.

Richelieu supplier Rotz says anti-slaughter advocates, not Canadian regulations, were his biggest headache in buying Thoroughbreds for slaughter.  “I had a lot of hassle with it,” he added. “I don’t even want one [a Thoroughbred] on my premises.

It’s absolutely heartbreaking to know that before the secondary market was created, Rotz wouldn’t have even bid on these horses.  Now they are missing and the people who planned to adopt them are probably heartbroken.  And this isn't the first time it's happened.  Here's another post from a commenter:

Bill N Kelly Parmenter Isn't this the SECOND time this has happened? I remember this happening with the Leopard Appy and a few other horses that week that were " lost "............this is unacceptable! The people responsible for these horses and their sales have a duty to the buyers. If they can't take that responsibility then they shouldn't be in business!

Just a short time ago Bruce didn’t even want a Thoroughbred on his premises.  Sadly, all that has changed.

This happened over a week ago.  Requests for updates have gone unanswered.

These broker owned horses are nothing more than a commodity and money maker for the brokers and their partners. 

We hope the horses are safe, somewhere.

The final disclaimer: " aside from the fact that the item for sale is an animal, it is no different than if you buy something on Amazon only to later find it is backordered or sold out and they can't get more... they refund you. There is no difference here."


What Sound Does a Lemming Make?

Sometimes you encounter levels of stupidity so high you just don’t know where to start.  However, it seems so important to correct the misinformation being put out there by the mouthpieces of these broker owned programs so that intelligent human beings who seek the truth will find it.

Over the last few days we’ve watched some of these women (who apparently have nothing else to do with their days except endlessly post their uneducated assumptions) really step up to the misinformation cliff and lead their lemmings over the edge.

While the Broker Owned Programs are constantly vying for each other’s supporter’s dollars by coming up with a better sad story than the last, the jackpot just may have been achieved in emotional blackmail by portraying horses loading onto trucks and proclaiming them lost to slaughter.  We got to see the sad pictures of several who were “shipped” a few weeks ago, and last week the tale was told of four more being “loaded” despite promises of cash and it was even alleged that Brian Moore tried to get them off the truck after he’d sent them on their way.  Yes, and unicorns fly.

It’s been said before, but these brokers like Rotz and Moore have many outlets for their horses.  Gail Christman, of Venture Farms in Germansville is just one of the places Moore shuffles horses to:

Remember Steppins High Beauty?  She was being sold by both a BO program and Venture Farms at the same time.  And it’s not the first time we’ve heard that story, is it?

The also load them onto trucks and take them to other auctions.  The horses being purchased for these programs are largely unsuitable for slaughter.  As we’ve stated numerous times in the past, these purported rescues have simply created a whole new market for the brokers with horses they would not have bought to ship to slaughter.  The broker gets his cut, the “rescuer” gets hers and the money clips get a little thicker.  Many people are catching on to this ruse, so they’ve now developed this latest emotional blackmail of  showing horses getting on trucks and assuring everyone they’ve died a horrible death because they were unable to collect enough cash.

Where does this leave the legitimate rescues, with vetted and evaluated horses?  Sigh.  They simply cannot compete with this kind of heart wrenching drama.

Of course a number of enlightened human beings saw through the ruse and called these lovely ladies on it.  That caused a tantrum among the mouthpieces that has been going on for days.  We are going to show you a few of their comments and correct the fallacies they are spreading.   There is either a total lack of education or else a carefully orchestrated attempt at continuing to keep the blind donors, well, blind.

Fallacy #1: Fallacy #1: This statement was made in response to Brian’s alleged request to get horses off a truck he had already shipped:

                Horses are not released once they enter the slaughter house. Consider the basic fact that the horses are received in a sealed truck at the Canada border. Consider the fact that the horses do not need health certificates.  They are only shipped with coggins.

We can have a field day with this one.  Horses do NOT ship with Coggins.  They do ship with several pieces of paperwork.  The VS 10-13 is the manifest that shows all the horses on a load.  Each horse also has to have an EID form (http://www.kistlivestockauction.com/horse_eid/Canada_Horse_EID_Form.pdf).

Before being loaded on a truck, each and every horse is inspected by an independent veterinarian.  The, a second veterinarian inspects the load, one who is certified and compensated by the USDA.  NO COGGINS REQUIRED.  Both vets are required to sign off on the horses, assuring they "certify" the horses are physically able to be shipped to slaughter.

The truck is not "sealed."  The horses are off loaded and inspected at the border.  Some are rejected and end up on other farms and holding areas.

Fallacy #2: The next two equine experts stepped up and said:

                Not to long ago I heard a wild tale of two TB's that supposedly made it off the Canadian slaughter house floor. I knew it was BS as did most people. I think it was just another sham to scam money and make a name.

That would be cafe cactus and canuki?

Cactus CafĂ© and Canuki were very much rescued from Richelieu.  Here is just one of many articles on the pair:

Their trainer, Mark Wedig, is who consigned them to slaughter:

In an Aug. 21 interview, Wedig said he never intended to sell the pair to slaughter and that he was unaware that Bauer, to whom he sold the horses, was a well-known agent for the Richelieu plant.
After horse welfare advocates raised the alarm about the horses’ whereabouts and the search began to generate publicity, Wedig started getting calls from horse advocates. He said he called Bauer, who told him Canuki and Cactus Cafe had shipped to Canada.

“I contacted the firm up there to purchase them back,” Wedig said. “It’s never been done, and it’s extremely hard.”

Wedig said he “can’t reveal” specifically what he did to retrieve the horses and said that when Bauer gave him Richelieu’s phone number, “at that time I didn’t know what it was.” Wedig said Richelieu was “very accommodating,” and he drove his trailer to Quebec to pick the horses up from a holding pen

The really sad part of the endless blathering of these mouthpieces is that some of the lemmings continue to follow them and their misinformation over the cliff.  None of them live in close proximity to the rescue they so ardently defend.  None of them have ever picked up a brush and helped care for the poor horses trapped on that barren dry lot.  The laugh disrespectfully about the FBI and joke about “calling Charlene.”  

Not one of them commented when Jennifer gave birth to a dead foal.  Any tears for her dead baby?  Any shock that Snuffy ran loose mounting mares for months before being gelded?

No tears, no remorse, no shock, just uneducated drama queens looking for the next person to blame their troubles on.  They’ve certainly secured their place on the Karma Bus.  It’s going to be delightful to see their reactions when it arrives.


For the horses killed this week our hearts are heavy.  RIP dear souls.