Were Horses Bound For Stables Or Slaughterhouse?

Use of Double-Deck Trailer Raises Doubts About Owners' Intentions

POSTED: 12:09 am EDT September 17, 2004
UPDATED: 9:12 am EDT September 17, 2004
Did the owners who lost 25 horses in an horrific highway accident plan to sell them to riding stables or to a slaughterhouse? News 5's Brian Hamrick went to Jody Ramey’s farm here Thursday to ask.


Dozens of emails to WLWT expressed outrage after a double-deck trailer crammed with more than 50 horses flipped over in Dearborn County (Ind.) Wednesday, spilling its cargo along the highway.


The emails said transporting horses in a double-deck trailer is inhumane and that the horses must have been bound for a slaughterhouse. Ramey was quoted as saying the horses were bought at auction in Minnesota to be sold to riding stables.

Hamrick posed the question to two men at the Ramey farm. "I don’t want to talk about nothing," one man said. The other stayed silent.

Horses Killed In Accident
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The federal government has a five-year plan to phase out the double-deck trailers by 2007, News 5's Joelle Girone reported, but there’s a catch:

“There is a loophole in the law that doesn’t cover pets or riding horses,” Girone said.

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