Forgotten Angels Equine Rescue, FAER for short was founded in 2012 by Darlene Supnick and Lisa Draharod after they became aware of the number of horses being sent to slaughter. Volunteer run and 100% donation based, FAER is the only horse rescue in Burlington County NJ, in the town of Medford. Our mission is to rescue horses from slaughter auctions and negligent situations, we also provide public awareness through events and fundraisers. Since our founding we have saved over 350 horses and counting.
How does the horse slaughter industry work?
For a variety of reasons horses end up at livestock auctions where kill buyers go in and outbid horse owners, buyers, and rescues. The kill buyers cram the horses into trailers and transport them across the border, driving over 24 hours without food or water to the slaughter facilities. Many of these horses are in perfect, healthy condition. These horses come from different places, some from families that can no longer afford them, some are racehorses that were on a racetrack a few days/weeks ago, and some are stolen from their farms.
Are there slaughter facilities in the US?
No, currently the slaughter facilities are in Mexico and Canada, hence the reason for the long trip from the auction to the facility. According to the USDA, in 2015 about 125,000 horses were exported to slaughter facilities in these two countries, 92% of these horses were in good health.
Where is horse meat consumed?
Countries such as Japan, Italy, France, and Belgium consume horse meat, although the meat is not safe to consume due to all the vaccinations given throughout the horse’s lifetime.
Are they peacefully euthanized?
Unlike gently euthanasia with a cat or dog the horses are brutally killed. Many facilities in Mexico use the barbaric “puntilla” knife method. During this process the horse starts to get butchered while still alive.
What is the process of saving a horse?
We fundraise for horses that are at kill auctions. Once we gather enough money to save the horse, we transport them to a quarantine facility where they receive medical care, vaccinations, farrier, and dentistry. The horse may either end up at the rescue or with a foster family until we find the right home for them. Kill auctions are not the only place where we find horses in need, we also take horses that are being neglected by their current owners. In these situations, the horses go through the same process as horse from a kill auction.
What if an adopted horse can no longer stay with their family?
When the horses are adopted, we have the new family sign a contract letting them know if for any reason they are unable to keep the horse we will take them back and find them another home.
What is Bill S455?
In January 2019 Darlene Supnick, one of the rescue founders testified in front of the New Jersey Senate in support of a bill that would make it one step harder for a horse to end up at a kill auction. This bill requires all horse auctioneers to check if a horse has a microchip, tattoo and post all relevant information online for a minimum of 72 hours. This gives horse owners a chance to find stolen horses, and it gives past owners a chance to save the horse. The auctioneers must also maintain records of any horse they sell for one year. The bill was signed into law by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on May 10, 2019
What is the SAFE Act?
The Safeguard American Food Exports Act (SAFE) is a bipartisan measure that would end transport of horses across the border for slaughter. This would essentially eliminate the slaughter of American horses! Please contact your representative and encourage them to support the SAFE Act.
How can you help?
Consider helping by making a tax deductible donation to the rescue through or by sponsoring one of our horses, volunteering, attending a fundraiser, or even supporting the SAFE Act. Follow us on Facebook for up to the minute information and share our progress with the world.
Other countries consume dog and cat meat, but we don’t allow these animals to be shipped overseas for consumption.
Why should horses be any different?
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