There was a time when there was just one place in the small border town of Eagle Pass, TX where kill buyers could bring their slaughter horses for export to Mexico. Those pens, operated by the Texas Department of Agriculture, stayed busy, accepting 6-8 loads of slaughter horses from all across the country each day.
However, rejects, horses too sick or too injured to pass the Mexican veterinary inspection, soon became a problem. The export pens refused to keep them, and the truck drivers were often reluctant to take these weakened animals all the way back to the kill buyer; too much could go wrong in transit.
To find out what happens with these “reject” slaughter horses, read our full newsletter here.