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Breaking News! California Auctioneer Charged For Sending Horses to Slaughter

Breaking News! California Auctioneer charged for sending horse to slaughter. Madera, CA- Auctioneer Billy Ray Brown Jr., was arrested and charged in a case involving professional rodeo horses and beloved pets and auction records traced to a slaughterhouse in Canada.
The 1998 CA ‘Prohibition on Slaughter of Horses and Sale of Horsemeat for Human Consumption’ prohibits any person from possessing, transferring, receiving or holding any horse, pony, burro or mule with intent to kill it or have it killed, where the person knows or should know that any part of the animal will be used for human consumption, and provides that a violation constitutes a felony offense, but the sale of horses through auction in CA is laundered and horses are shipped first across state borders where no protective laws exist.

It’s no secret that countless horses from every breed and discipline sadly disappear across state lines after being sold for their meat at auction, despite the 1998 CA law. CA horses have proven to be no safer that horses in other states. Due to the absence of federal protection, over 100,000 American horses are shipped across federal borders to slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada each year. What most people don’t realize is that 92% of the horses sent to slaughter are sound, young and healthy. These are among America’s finest and brightest horses; champion show horses, Thoroughbred racehorses, summer camp ponies and even wild horses taken from their native lands.

Rescue horses can be protected through strict adoption contracts and placement through sanctuary, Individual horse owners and others can also implement protective measures to assure their horses’ safety and welfare.
Safety provisions can be written into any contract. Check out reputable rescues like Wild for Life Foundation ‘s Lifetime Equine Refuge for examples of safety provisions you can use to keep horses from being sold, given away or auctioned for any purpose.

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