The following is a SAD but true occurence and we need your help to give these animals the second chance at a forever home. No animal deserves to be treated like this.
Purchased by Kill Buyers
When a horse is ridden or run loose into the auction ring, the auctioneer will quickly try to run up the bidding price. Often, kill buyers—middlemen who represent or sell to horse slaughter plants—can be seen standing inside the auction ring, communicating directly with the auctioneer. At many auctions, would-be buyers include not only families looking for riding horses, but also horse rescue organizations that rehabilitate and adopt horses to loving homes. However, kill buyers often outbid rescues and legitimate horse owners, robbing the horses of the opportunity for a second chance at life.
Transport to Slaughter
While the auction environment is stressful, confusing and dangerous for horses, once they are purchased by kill buyers, their suffering only intensifies. Driven by profit, the kill buyer will cram as many horses as possible onto a livestock trailers for the long journey to a feedlot or foreign-owned slaughter plant. As in the auction pens, no regard is given to the age, sex, breed or temperament of the horses. Even pregnant mares, foals, and injured and blind horses endure appalling conditions—no food, water or rest. In the crowded, cramped confines of a trailer, fighting, serious injuries and even deaths are regular occurrences. Those who fall down or are injured en route are considered just "the cost of doing business."