NZ horses dead meat in Europe

By Sally Webster

5:30 AM Sunday Apr 29, 2012

Times are tough in the New Zealand racing industry and when thoroughbreds don’t perform, their days are numbered. They are being stacked into cattle trucks for the long trip down to Gore, where a little-known abattoir slaughters them for the dinner tables of Europe. Sally Webster investigates the Sport of Kings and its tawdry little secret

David Moore of Soliloquy Lodge says

David Moore of Soliloquy Lodge says “The feed and stable bills keep coming in.” Photo / Doug Sherring

Soliloquy Lodge is on the flat roads of Karaka. It lies just south of the mangrove-lined Manukau Harbour. It’s a place where there just seems to be a lot of sky.

The neat ranch fences open up to a winding grey gravel driveway, spare and clean. A few mares graze next to a pond, near one of three wooden barns. David Moore’s family has been working on this land since before World War II. His wife Angenita grew up on a farm in Europe. They know and love the thoroughbred horses they breed and race.

They have high hopes for every foal born. Could this one be the next Culminate, the brown mare who won them more than $800,000 on the course? Or the next Russian Hero, their famous bay stallion?

“We give the young horses the best feed and care, good pasture, and time to grow good muscle and develop soundly,” Angenita says. “It’s like a nursery here – we’re producing athletes.”

So why, then, was a horse bearing the “SL 7/8” brand photographed by animal welfare activists at a stockyard in Christchurch, bound by cattle truck for the knackers in Gore? A knacker that is named, perversely, Clover Export Ltd.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10802226#

5 comments

  1. LINDA BADHAM · ·

    ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL AND A DISGUSTING CRUEL HEARTLESS AFFAIR !

  2. GAfasthorses · ·

    Horse racing …. the horses always pay …. the owners race them to death and sell to slaughter or in this case never gave this filly a chance. What the hell is the difference between dog food or meat for people? They both mean a horrible slaughter for this poor filly. If racing is so bad…Stop Overbreeding!!! You are a huge part of the problem!

  3. Why did in’t they just humanely euthanize her. Going to Dog Food or Human Consumption still means the Kills and all that is associated with the slaughter house. If they had done the right thing they wouldn’t have lied at first. Now they hang their heads. Shame on them.

    1. GAfasthorses · ·

      Amen! You said it!

  4. THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY. ITS THE GREEDY BREEDERS, MAKING A HUGE BUSINESS FROM THEIR OWN GREED AND MISTAKES.

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