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Some gratitude... race-winning horse sent to slaughterhouse.

 
Anonymous Coward
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12/14/2012 07:36 AM
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Some gratitude... race-winning horse sent to slaughterhouse.
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"Ken Terpenning of Lexington, Kentucky has owned over two-dozen racehorses. But one in particular made a big impression.

“Silky Shark was everything you’d want in a racehorse,” says Terpenning. “He was vibrant, fiery, a very happy horse. On the racetrack, he was a total professional. He earned over $100,000 in his career.”

Like any athlete, there was an arc to Silky Shark’s career. But the downward slope was faster than Terpenning could have imagined. The horse had some medical problems that led to lost races, and then Terpenning fell on tough times financially. He sold the horse to a man he trusted, but it didn’t take long for Silky Shark to wind up in the “slaughter pipeline.”"
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12/14/2012 07:40 AM
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Phar Lap
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12/14/2012 07:47 AM
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Re: Some gratitude... race-winning horse sent to slaughterhouse.
This goes to show how heartless people can be.

Poor Silky Shark... The terror he must have felt at the last moments; Maybe he was thinking his master might come to save him. Poor animal.

Who the fuck eats horses? Really... verysad
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12/14/2012 07:47 AM
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Re: Some gratitude... race-winning horse sent to slaughterhouse.
This goes to show how heartless people can be.

Poor Silky Shark... The terror he must have felt at the last moments; Maybe he was thinking his master might come to save him. Poor animal.

Who the fuck eats horses? Really... verysad
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12/14/2012 07:49 AM

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Hmm horse sausage!
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12/14/2012 07:55 AM
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Re: Some gratitude... race-winning horse sent to slaughterhouse.
they go for pet food.
happens all the time here in Aus too-not only with racehorses.
In Racing the horses are just a commodity-if they done earn-they go and because racing"trains"neurotic behaviours into the animals, only a few are evertaken on(Those with very even temperaments) to be retrained for other things.
If you go to a horse sale youll find the biggest buyers of horses/ponies are Meatworks/Dogfood companies.
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12/14/2012 07:56 AM
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Re: Some gratitude... race-winning horse sent to slaughterhouse.
they go for pet food.
happens all the time here in Aus too-not only with racehorses.
In Racing the horses are just a commodity-if they done earn-they go and because racing"trains"neurotic behaviours into the animals, only a few are evertaken on(Those with very even temperaments) to be retrained for other things.
If you go to a horse sale youll find the biggest buyers of horses/ponies are Meatworks/Dogfood companies.
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*dont earn.
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12/14/2012 07:57 AM
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Re: Some gratitude... race-winning horse sent to slaughterhouse.
This goes to show how heartless people can be.

Poor Silky Shark... The terror he must have felt at the last moments; Maybe he was thinking his master might come to save him. Poor animal.

Who the fuck eats horses? Really... verysad
 Quoting: Phar Lap 29851006


and actually horsemeat is often eaten in europe(holland etc)
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12/14/2012 08:04 AM
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Hmmm frikandel special!
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12/14/2012 08:15 AM

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Re: Some gratitude... race-winning horse sent to slaughterhouse.
No race horse is safe. Ferdinand, with the great Bill Shoemaker riding, won the 112th Kentucky Derby and millions of dollars, ended up in a Japanese Slaughterhouse. Exceller, the only horse ever to beat two Triple Crown winners, was killed in a Swedish Slaughterhouse. I could name dozens more "famous" horses.

Over 200,000 US race horses went to slaughter last year, and most went to HORRIFIC slaugtherhouses in Mexico, there are videos online of these slaughterhouses.

Then you have the hundreds of thousands of non race horses, sent to slaughter by owners who couldn't afford them due to the economy, and use slaughterhouses as a cheap way to get rid of their animals.

Slaughterhouses aren't designed to slaughter horses, they're designed for cows and other animals who have entirely different neck structures. The "stunning" process isn't done, the horses are stabbed in the neck by hand, by Mexican laborers, trying to cut the spinal cord, often stabbing over and over and over. I could go on with the details...but I wont'.

In fact the slaughtering facilities in Mexico are SO BAD that even organizations such as PETA are actually FOR the opening of horse slaughter operations in the US, because here at least the horses wouldn't be cruelly shipped in cattle trucks across the border, and the slaughter practices would come under the purvue of USDA.


A lot of American groups are trying to put an end of racing horses going to slaughter. There are hundreds of "retirement" farms for old racehorses across the US, but there aren't (nor will there ever be) enough.

As long as people are willing to eat drug tainted horsemeat, there will always be a market. As long as people want to watch horse racing, there will always be too many horses bred in order to find the Triple Crown contender, and the rest will be surplus bound for a bad life.

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