TPWD Releases Photos of “Executed” Horses

By Steven Long

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – Texas Parks and Wildlife, the state agency charged with the welfare of animals in their natural habitat didn’t have enough respect for 11 domestic horses to give them a quick and painless death. Instead, on the orders of  park superintendent Barrett Darst of Big Bend Ranch State Park, the horses, mares and foals, were sent to a painful slaughter, Mexico style

Friday a TPWD lawyer complied with a Horseback Magazine open records request and released documents already provided to by an animal cruelty investigator. But the state parks department went a step further and released photos of some of the condemned animals.

One of the horses clearly was not an easy keeper or was underfed, its ribs showing. The horse was also missing a hoof.

Yet the horse was  ridden on the ranch as evidenced by saddle marks near its withers.

TPWD could easily have dispatched  the horse with one of the guns used to kill 70 wild burros it considers a non native species earlier this year. Critics claim the park is ridding the donkeys to make room for big horn sheep, a big game animal coveted by hunters who will pay mega bucks for a permit to hunt them.

Despite the extensive documentation provided to Horseback Online regarding the slaughter sale, State Parks Director Brent Leisure denied park officials knew they were selling horses to known killer buyer Ruben Brito.

Big Bend Ranch is the states largest park. It is 70 miles across and lays on the banks of the Rio Grande near Presidio.

During the past year the Texas Department of Criminal Justice sold about 60 prison horses to longtime killer buyer Trent Saulters who took them directly to the slaughter pens of Presidio.

17 comments for “TPWD Releases Photos of “Executed” Horses

  1. Patricia Coffman
    August 24, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    WTH..is wrong with you people.For God’s sake is this as humane as you get? I am ashamed and dissappointed with you all there in Texas.I will not spend one red cent in your state of Horrors and will convince and share the hate you have for your horses is quite obvious!Have you become the criminals TDCJ…I am begging to wonder who is the law breakers and especially crime against God’s beautiful creatures.Stop it now and I am never stepping foot in your state until you mend your ways…:(

  2. DarrellC
    August 25, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Totally disgusting and I’m ashamed to claim that I live in the same state as these ignorant, arrogant Yahoos! What makes me laugh are all the church houses in this state yet the behaviors of many of Texas citizens clearly shows they are hypocrites of the first order. Those responsible for this betrayal will ‘pay’ and their ‘god’ isn’t going to protect them. They are worse than he who betrayed Jesus! They should be afraid, VERY afraid of their ‘god’ as their ‘sin’ is unforgivable in spite of their delusions, empty words and rhetoric. I will rejoice in the righteousness of the ‘judgement’ that is going to befall them. Sadly they are likely oblivious to such…

    ~”You may talk about your religion as much as you like, but if it does not teach you to be kind and caring towards animals as well as humans, then it is nothing but a sham.” – Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty~

  3. Elizabeth Dana
    August 25, 2012 at 12:09 am

    The Great State of Texas once stood alone in Defiance of the ways of the Mexicans and was a Union of one to stop an invasion. The war that broke out and remember the Alamo showed the great State of Texas to be born from heros.

    Now Texas slaughtered over 60 wild burros and slaughtered horses and foals sending them to Mexico. Texas did an act of a coward off innocent animals.

    If might interest you to know that containminated and poisen laced horsemeat is mixed with beef and sold back to the States unbeknown to the buyers. It is frozen into patties and served in the schools..”Cheap hamburger all the way up to San francisco, and since it is packaged in the US , it appears to be from the US.

    Maybe if we stopped sending horses to slaughter we would not end up with third world problems. What happens in Mexico DOES NOT stay in Mexico!

    100,000 horses in 50 states means 2000 horses per state adopted to rescues or humanely put down by a Vet. The problem is the kill buyers, and the meat jockeys enjoy the slaughter as a indication of a culture that has a violent relationship with animal welfare.

    Just stop the slaughter and see how fast things clean up ! Texas should be ashamed acting like cowards!

  4. Kathy
    August 25, 2012 at 6:11 am

    It is amazing to me that in a state where the horse played such a significant role through history that state workers would have such little respect for these animals. From the Spanish to the settlers of this vast state, horses paved the way and without them, the “great” state of Texas would not exist today. Most, if not all, of the big game farms are in Texas and now it seems that even this public state park is being run to profit from hunters (I use that term loosely) who want to take their guns with scopes and pretend to actually be hunting..all to hang a trophy on their wall. Killing mares and foals by slaughter (and based on the documentation these state workers knew where they were headed) is just digusting. These people should be relieved of their jobs and sent packing. I promise you, I will never step foot as a tourist in this state until these matters have been addressed and measures put in place to never have it happen again.

  5. August 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

    For the first time in my I’m ashamed to be from what was the great state of Texas.

  6. Denise
    August 25, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Still waiting for production records that certify these equines as safe to eat for humans….or dogs/cats for that matter.

  7. Nancy Pierce
    August 25, 2012 at 9:25 am

    If the laws in country were such that no American horse could be sent for slaughter for human consumption, then this would not have happened to these beautiful and useful animals. And I call them animals, fubar. The word needs to get out about what is happening not only to our domestic horses but the wild horses too. The BLM is going to make wild horses extinct within our lifetime. They will be gone from the Sheldon national park within 15 years according to documents released about wild horse and burro management. They are going to do the same thing across the country. Texas is not the only state where atrocities occur. This is happening everywhere. After-all, where there is a buck to be made, folks will keep doing this.

  8. LJB
    August 25, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I was always jealous of Texans and they pride they must have had being from that state. WELL, Thank God I’m not from there and will NEVER step foot in your state ever again..PRIDE? You should get down on your knees and beg for forgiveness and mend your ways. you can’t take all that oil and money with you when you die, BUT you can look forward to this…
    “When a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into Heaven. At the head of that bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based on what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge and which are turned away.”"

    I hope you enjoy!!!

  9. Morgan Griffith
    August 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Who the hell would be abusive enough to ride a horse with no hoof? Answer: the same scurvilous sewer scum that sold these horses to slaughter in Mexico.

  10. Shelly
    August 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I am truly ashamed of knowing that there are human beings out there that can make the decision to send a horse to a Mexican slaughter house. Amyone that would let any animal be killed in such a manner, should not exist and surely should not pro-create. It will only breed more idiots with no morals or conscience. Because of human morons in this world, we have excess horses, BUT to torture an animal instead of humanly putting them down is just sick. Hope there is not someone like me to will decide your fate but maybe Karma will kick you all in the ass. Pray hard for foregiveness, but only God “might” do that.

  11. August 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I’m disgusted but sadly, not surprised to hear this. First you disillusioned and broke the hearts of animal lovers all across America when you gunned down your burros and now you think you can play God with the lives of these horses.

    I think you knew full-well you were selling them to a butcher who would brutalize their bodies leaving their remaining moments on earth to be ones of fear and terror and you just didn’t care. I also know full-well that God was watching when you did it.

    You are nothing more than schoolyard bullies who have let your money-bolstered power give you the feeling that you are entitled to say when and how a life ends.

    It is the act of a coward to terrorize an animal who has shown you nothing but love and devotion. I am ashamed to call you my fellow Americans.

  12. Terri
    August 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    It is a waste of time telling those people who gunned down the burros and knowingly sold the horses to slaughter because these offenders of the state have no moral values at all no matter what religion they claim to be. Personally I believe that they should be prosecuted for cruelty to all the animals that they have destroyed and banned from ever owning any animals. Furthermore TexS can take that state park and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine. Those hooligans have cast a dark cloud over the state of Texas. Great going guys. I hope you suffer the same fate as the animals that were supposed to be in your care..

  13. Barbara Leonard
    August 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Shame on Texas, will boycott their tourism & products. And, yes, the BLM is just as bad. They should all be made to go away & crawl in a hole. BLM is fraught with illegal activities and should be disbanded before they destroy our nation’s heritage, the wild horses & burros. And they will do just that if we don’t rise up against them, them and this disgrace that’s been happening in Texas.

  14. Mary Beth
    August 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    The people who did this aren’t even human, that’s for sure. To ride a horse missing a hoof….. doesn’t the Humane Society ever check out THESE places??????? If they don’t, maybe it’s time this happens. I hope this meat comes back to Texas and these shameless people end up eating it in some hamburger and croak… it’s what they deserve.

    The horse MADE THIS COUNTRY — did PEOPLE pull wagons in wagon trains, did people ride PEOPLE in wars???????????? No…. it was the horse who made travel possible, made it possible for humans to escape or fight others to make this country…. and THIS is the thanks we give to the equine.

    SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! ROT IN HELL…..

  15. Beth Schang
    August 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    “Auschwitz begins whenever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks; ‘They’re just animals “
    ~ Theodor Adorno,
    Jewish philosopher
    and holocaust survivor.

  16. Robin Boren
    August 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    There are no words to describe what happened here. All who commit these acts or have any part in them should be punished likewise. Texas you should be ashamed for allowing this to happen. None of us will ever believe you did not know their fate!! The people who commited these acts should be rounded up, put on a truck, travel for days without food, water or rest and suffer the torture these beautiful babies have gone thru. Those horses have more of a soul than you will ever have!!! Greed is behind all of this – someone wanting to “make a buck”!!! Horses have seen man thru history from the beginning of time!! We would not be where we are today without them. This is how you pay them back – SHAME ON YOU!!!! I would not want to be in your shoes on judgement day!!! I will not support Texas or any other state that contributes to these acts of cruelty!! Mexico !!! OMG How could you do this???

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