For years, Animals' Angels has been investigating the export of US horses to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. Documenting the horrors of this predatory industry, our investigators have visited every export facility and border crossing these animals pass through during their last journey. Or so we thought. A recent investigation uncovered startling evidence including documents from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that proves 2,253 cows and horses left the port of Wilmington, Delaware on July 16, 2014 on the livestock carrier Abou Karim III.
Bills of lading received from the Port of Wilmington confirm the distressing information that 168 Quarter horse geldings, 1,816 pregnant heifers, and 539 Angus bulls were sold to Russian importers.
The seller, AZTX Cattle Company, is based out of Hereford, Texas.While their website shows a few cattle grazing happily on emerald green pastures, a total of 140,000 animals are kept in barren, dusty pens at the company's two massive feedlots in Hereford and Garden City (Kansas). Their access to any fresh grass as shown on their homepage is non-existent. And as for the horses? You will find no mention of horses on their website whatsoever.