THIS WAS FORWARDED TO ME BY ONE OF OUR READERS...(I am not shocked, but after thorough review of the web site that the poster of this response owns/hosts there is NO indication of her pro slaughter stance)...I feel that if you are pro slaughter, you need to say so on your site and I dont dig being misled.
I was so suprised by what I read from Tracey (pro slaughter poster) that I had to ask for the original emails back and forth between the two to ensure accuracy...so...without boring you with details...our reader decided to take a few mins from their busy day to contact this person to let them know that it is pretty risky giving a horse away (she was giving the horse away via dream horse). That the horse may end up for slaughter or worse...and I read the email from our friend and she was polite and not rude.
This is the reply she received from Tracey at Cranberry Run Farm.
I AM WELL AWARE OF HOW THE SLAUGHTER MARKET WORKS. I AM ALSO AWARE THAT HORSES ARE LIVESTOCK AND NOT " DOMESTIC PETS ". AS WITH MY CATTLE, CHICKENS, ETC. THEY ARE PROPERLY TAKEN CARE OF, UNTIL IT IS TIME FOR THEM TO BECOME MY DINNER.
I DO BELIEVE THE KILL BUYERS ARE NEEDED AND PROVIDE AN IMPORTANT SERVICE. THERE IS NO NEED TO WASTE OUR VALUABLE GREENLAND ON A NASTY PIECE OF TRASH. I DO TAKE MY TRASH AND NO LONGER USEFUL FOR THE PURPOSE INTENDED TO SALES. INFACT, I SENT A PONY TO AUCTION LAST NIGHT. HE BROUGHT LESS THAN $100 IN THE RING, SO I ASSUME HE IS GOING TO A MINK FARMER. HE WAS KICKED HIS LAST PERSON, WHEN HE KICKED ME.
I GET DOZENS OF RACE HORSES EVERY YEAR. I PROVIDE A SERVICE TO THE TRAINERS AT MANY DIFFERENT TRACKS. THE HORSES ARE TURNED OVER TO ME AND I HAVE TO DECIDE IF IT IS WORTHY OF A SECOND CHANCE. MANY OF MY EX RACERS DO GET SECOND CAREERS, BUT THE TRASH GETS SENT TO THE SALES. SOMETIMES EVEN THE GOOD ONES END UP AT SALES. I GIVE THEM A 30 DAY GET OUT OF JAIL CARD. IF I CANT GET THEM SOLD, AND MOST ARE SOLD VERY CHEAP, THEN THEY GO TO AUCTION TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE NEXT GROUP.
I DO NEED TO COVER MY EXPENSES, WHICH MEANS I NEED TO TURN THEM OVER QUICKLY. MY HORSE CUSTOMERS ARE TREATED THE SAME AS MY CATTLE CUSTOMERS. I DONT HARASS THEM AND I DONT TELL THEM WHAT TO DO WITH THEIR PURCHASE. IF SOMEONE WANTS TO KEEP A BLACK ANGUS AS A PET, WELL THATS ON THEM, BUT IT IS NOT FOR ME TO SAY ONCE THEY HAVE PAID FOR IT.
HERE IS SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT FOR YOU. OUR DOGS AND CATS WERE NOT BEING POISONED, WHEN WE WERE FEEDING THEM HORSE MEAT. SINCE THE HORSE MEAT HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH A BUNCH OF IMPORTED FILLERS " IE RICE PROTEIN ".
WE ARE NOW KILLING OUR OWN PETS.
OUR ECONOMY IS IN THE TOILET, THE UNEMPLOYMENT IS OUT OF CONTROL, AND WE HAVE PEOPLE GOING TO BED HUNGRY. WE ARE SENDING OUR LIVESTOCK " HORSES" OUT OF THE COUNTRY, SO WE CAN BUY BACK THE FINISHED PRODUCT ( IE LEATHER ). WHAT THE HELL, HAVE WE ALL LOST OUR MINDS.
CRANBERRY RUN FARM
From an August Post about a Pony:
HELLO EVERYONE,I AM OFFERING ONE OF MY PUREBRED CHINCOTEAGUE PONY BROODMARES FREE TO ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN HER. PATTY IS A 5 Y/O 13 HAND BAY AND WHITE PINTO. SHE DOES HAVE STIFLE ISSUES, WHICH MAKES HER UNSUITABLE FOR RIDING PURPOSES, BUT SHE IS FINE TO LEAD THE LITTLE ONES AROUND FOR THE OCCASIONAL PONY RIDE. SHE IS KID SAFE AND KID FRIENDLY. SHE DOES BEST TURNED OUT, WITH HER STIFLE PROBLEM. SHE IS UTD ON SHOTS AND FARRIER, BUT DOES NOT HAVE A CURRENT COGGINS. THIS IS A FREE PONY, SO IF YOU WANT A COGGINS IT WILL BE AT YOUR EXPENSE. SHE BE AVAILABLE TO THE FIRST PERSON WHO SHOWS UP WITH A TRAILER OR UNTIL I MAKE MY NEXT NEW HOLLAND RUN.
PLEASE CALL ME ON MY CELL FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
609 217 1812