Ferdinand was a racehorse that won 29 starts
and earned close to 4 million, retiring what was then, in 1989, the fifth
leading money winner of all time. The public first learned about
Ferdinand when the original owners that owned and bred the horse inquired
about having the horse returned to the United States. To read the full
story, please see
Horse meat is not eaten in the United States.
It is exported overseas to a specialty market. The largest markets are
France, Belgium, Holland, Japan, and Italy. There are three horse
slaughter plants in the US, and they are foreign owned. There is an
ongoing political debate as to what the US should do with them.
Most horses that are destined for slaughter are
sold at livestock auctions or sales. The cruelty of horse slaughter is
not limited to the selling of horses to be killed. Horses bound for
slaughter are shipped, often for long distances, in a manner that fails to
accommodate their needs. They are not rested, fed, or watered.
Economics dictate the conditions, including crowding as many horses into a
truck as possible.
To read about how horses are slaughtered,
please check the
HSUS, Just Say Whoa!,
Hoofpac, and the
All breeds of horses are slaughtered, as well
as all ages. Foals who are a byproduct of PMU mares, surplus riding
school and camp horses, race horses that are not winning, ponies, mules,
donkeys, etc. Many of the horses owned by FFI, HSUS, CANTER and USERL
are either donated or purchased for only a few hundred dollars.
While euthanizing a horse is unnecessary in
these predicaments, it is much more humane. What FFI is here to
support is the donating of horses to those who would enjoy training a horse
for a career in professional dressage or jumping, as well as trail riding
and companionship. Just as it is with dogs and cats, slowing the
over breeding of horses of both sport and pleasure horses is crucial, as it
would stifle the number of horses that go to auction, and would slow the
industry so it is no longer profitable.