The following email was sent to me and got me thinking; dangerous, I know. Would you judge and/or condemn a vet for sending a horse to slaughter via auction?
“Camelot posted a photo a couple of weeks ago of an Anglo 4 yo with papers in the kill pen. A friend of mine bailed her and shipped her to her place. Contacted the owner/breeder to get the story. Owner said mare was an oops, and she just couldn’t keep her anymore. So HER VET took the mare to an auction, getting $60. My friend calls the vet, for medical info too, and he admits he knew she’d go to slaughter! A VET! The auction in FL was Saturday 7/21, horse was at New Holland on Monday and Camelot by Weds, then to my friend that weekend. If you Google map the owner’s address, it’s a very big house with lots of ground. Oh, and the mare’s feet hadn’t been done in over 6 months and was thin. BTW, the mare is sweet and a GORGEOUS mover. Even broke to ride. You should see her! Asshats.”
All other details aside, and even on the odd chance this story isn’t true (sorry, it’s the internets, you can’t blindly trust people), there is a valid discussion topic here: What would you do if you found out your vet took a horse to auction, knowing it would likely go to slaughter?
For argument’s sake, let’s say your vet did take a horse to auction. Would you be outraged? Would you worry about their care of your horses from then on? I know I would. Especially given the horror stories we frequently (read: almost always) hear about horses on their way to the slaughterhouse – let’s face it, most horses at auction are going to slaughter these days. My first thought would be what type of a person can save horses one minute, and condemn them to a cruel fate the next? Did the vet even offer to humanely euthanize the horse? And, if the owner declined, why did the vet agree to take the horse to auction?
I’m getting a little off track with unanswerable questions. What’s your take on the situation? Would you be ok with your vet doing this?