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Cowtown Rodeo auctions off rodeo horses and kill buyer ships them to slaughter

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This story, originally published by is an eye opener that the writer is still processing. On the one hand, it describes in sad recall what happens [sort of] behind the scenes at a rodeo – in this case to some of the nonperforming bucking horses – and, on the other hand, the intent of the New Jersey Anti-Horse Slaughter Law.

New Jersey passed its law to make it both illegal to slaughter horses for human consumption and also to prohibit horse meat and horses intended for meat to pass through its state. The message of the law is clear. New Jersey wants no part of the horse butchery being considered elsewhere.

In the published story as well as the attached video, nine horses that were not earning their keep at the Cowtown Rodeo were taken to a Pennsylvania horse auction that notoriously sells its majority of horses to kill buyers. Sure enough, the horses were bought by a known horse killer named Bruce Rotz – who ships the horses off to Canada for slaughter.

It is the contention of Steve Hindi, president of SHARK, that Cowtown Rodeo was quite aware that their horses could in all likelihood end up butchered, and thus the law in New Jersey was made meaningless. All that has to be done to avoid the Anti-Horse Slaughter Law is to simply ship horses out of New Jersey, purportedly for sale in Pennsylvania’s New Holland, knowing full well the kill buyers will snap them up, New Jersey law be damned.

Further about the rodeo horses, Cowtown admitted the horses shipped to New Holland.

New Holland has a notorious reputation for being a conduit for the horse slaughter industry.

Says Hindi:

Cowtown sent nine horses to auction and could not “control the outcome of a public auction.” That means they knew there was a very real chance their rodeo horses could wind up being slaughtered for human food. Because of that, we believe that they violated NJ’s anti-horse slaughter law.

The writer finds the questions raised most interesting and wonders exactly how others feel. We do know that New Jersey does not permit slaughter bound horses to transport through its state. Does that also mean horses "still on the hoof" that will most certainly end up headed to slaughter?

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