When a horse goes to auction a number is glued to its hip. Charlie was hip #905.
“The horse slaughter industry is a predatory enterprise. It doesn’t “euthanize” old, sick horses — but precisely the opposite: young and healthy horses are purchased at auction, often by people misrepresenting their intentions. The USDA reports 92 percent of horses going to slaughter are in good condition and able to live healthy and productive lives. The existence of horse slaughter actually hinders rescue efforts, as rescuers are routinely outbid at auctions by kill buyers seeking healthy animals that bring the best price per pound.”