Horses Abandoned As Economy Fails Them

Rising grain prices, abattoir laws doom the animals
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2008 3:05 PM CDT
More and more horses are being abandoned thanks to the weakening economy and lack of slaughterhouses.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – With feed and fuel prices rising, more US horses are being abandoned and left to die. “It's a growing problem," says Brent Glover, who runs a horse rescue ranch. "Basically, it's the economy.” Glover’s own hay costs have ballooned from $28,000 to $80,000 this year. Many of these horses would be slaughtered if killing them for consumption were still legal in America, Time reports.

Now, the only humane place to kill old horses is Canada, but fuel prices can make that drive impractical; many horses are simply abandoned or left at less savory Mexican abattoirs. “People who protest slaughter ought to have a bunch of these old horses starving to death in their back yards,” says one livestock transporter. (Read more horse neglect stories.)