Ponies Reportedly Beaten and Sold for Meat at Auction Deserve Justice

Target: Devon Councillor, John Hart

Goal: Ban the sale of Dartmoor ponies at allegedly abusive auction.

Dartmoor ponies are mini horses known for their resiliency and determination. Upsettingly, there’s recent video evidence appearing to show these ponies being abused and tormented while they are sold off at auction.

Sellers of the animals apparently don’t see these creatures in their own right, but instead as cargo to make a profit off of. The freely-roaming animals are rounded up in the fall, then taken to an annual pony auction in Dartmoor, where the little horses are traded away for a massive profit.

Recent footage shows that after the ponies were rounded up this past autumn, their captors seemingly left many of the animals without food or water, putting them in danger of death, and tormenting them with dehydration and malnutrition. For those that survived until auction, further videos reportedly show handlers picking up ponies by their tails, and at least one apparently kicked a pony to force the animal onto a trailer.

Even worse, after being sold ponies face an uncertain fate. While some join loving families, others are sold to slaughterhouses, butchered for scientific research, or become meat for both human and animal consumption. Some pony meat winds up in pet food, while some hunks and slabs wind up in zoo animals’ dinners.

More than 300 horses were listed for sale this past season, which means hundreds of animals could have been abused or neglected; we simply don’t know the full scope of the alleged cruelty yet. While a spokesperson for the auction said that the organization was “looking into the matter,” that’s just not enough. These ponies don’t deserve to become meat. They don’t deserve to be kicked and hurt. And they don’t deserve to be sold off in the first place.

Thankfully, many people in the Dartmoor area agree. A group called People 4 Ponies runs an animal sanctuary nearby and they’re fighting to shut down the auction. It’s time for us to stand with them. Sign the petition to demand an end to the annual sale of ponies in Dartmoor.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Councillor Hart,

Each year hundreds of Dartmoor ponies are rounded up in “the drift,” and taken to be sold at auction. Recent videos appear to show the sellers and auctioneers abusing these animals, leaving them without food and water, kicking them, and pulling them by their tails.

After they are sold they may face an even worse fate. While some are kept as pets, others are allegedly sent to slaughterhouses as food for pets or zoo animals. More than 300 horses were listed for sale just this year, which means that hundreds of these creatures could have been abused. These ponies do not deserve to be sold off, abused, or killed. It is time to end the sale of ponies in Dartmoor. Please, end this awful practice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: lostajy


82 Comments

  1. THESE COWARDS NEED TO BE KICKED AND BEATEN SEVERELY!

  2. Stop this abuse it is heart breaking 💔

  3. This is sickening! Please rescue all of these poor animals asap.

  4. Michelle Stewart says:

    All killings, torture, abuse, and eating consumption of horses must be made illegal all over the world.

    • Michelle I definately agree with your comment.
      “All killings, torture, abuse, and eating consumption of horses must be made illegal all over the world”.
      All the psychopathic lowlife human monsters who deliberately and heinously torture and murder the precious and innocent Horses and all innocent and helpless animals must be brought to Justice and put to death.The filthy lowlife human species is the vilest of all species on our planet. No innocent and helpless animal or Wildlife is safe from the vile and evil psychopathic filthy human species. Eradication from our planet is a must of these psycho Vermin monsters on our planet.

  5. It is sickening to know about the Dartmoor phonies. A disturbing and vile report. America has it’s own horrors to share. The BLM (bureau of land management) has helicopter round ups of wild horses who have lived on their lands for centuries. The BLM decided to hold an adoption giving each adopter $1,000.00 per horse. The adopters, keeping the money, turns around and sells the horses to slaughter houses. I find this despicable! The horses are in the multiple thousands more like over 100 thousand horses, all innocent. So many horses that it will take over a year for this brutality to be finished. Horses, like phonies, have families and friends, cause no harm but are insidiously rounded up and slaughtered. People, 85% of them don’t want the horses harmed. But the BLM continues. How and why this evil scam continues I don’t know. I do know the more people realize this is going on the more pressure will flow to government and hopefully they will step in and stop this murder for greed by an agency whose paychecks are paid by the American taxpayer. Anger for the harm done to phonies in your country and the massive murder and violence shown to the wild horses on the American plaines must not be tolerated. We yell STOP but often words fall on deaf ears of the ignorant, the greedy, and the evil among us who seem to wield power to use death to whatever ends they wish, often sadly without penalty.

  6. Gail M Greenlee says:

    May God please help these ponies and all animals I pray. Amen.

  7. Milantia Roy says:

    IT IS INCREDIBLE THAT TIME AND MONEY IN THE US IS BEING WASTED SENDING CRIMINALS TO COURT KNOWING THAT THEY ARE GUILTY.
    THEY SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS: OF AN AMOUNT ALREADY ESTABLISHED PLUS TIME IN ACCORDANCE OF 10 YEARS TO STOP THE COWARDS FOR GOOD.

  8. jackie Pflucker says:

    You must have meant an incarceration of 10 years minimum, correct?
    I do agree with you! All those sadistic, greedy, scum, cowards should be behind bars once they are caught abusing or profiting with the suffering of defenseless animals!
    I wish it were possible to electrocute those good for nothing sons of the devil!

  9. Obviously, nothing deserves mistreatment, but if the ponies are overpopulated, then there may be no alternative to selling some for meat. I signed against cruelty, but if the ponies were handled humanely, then I think selling them for meat would be acceptable. The alternative is to bring in a predator, but sadly this still hasnt been done.

    • Shelly Blazich says:

      GLAD YOU SIGNED BUT YOU ARE INCREDIBLY UNINFORMED. BRING IN A PREDATOR? HOW NEANDERTHAL AND IGNORANT AN OPTION TO OFFER! ITS 2021-2022!! HUMANE SLAUGHTER IS AN OXYMORON ANIMAL AGRICULTURE IS KILLING OUR PLANET OUR POPULATIONS HEALTH ETC. STERILIZATION TO START ETC ETC .. PLEASE GET OUT OF THE DARK AGES!

    • A predator? You do realise this the UK were talking about. That’s a ridiculous comment.

  10. STOP THIS ABUSE IMMEDIATELY! PUNISH THE SELLING AND KILLING PERSONS DIRECTLY. NO MERCY.

    • This takes place all over Europe, horses are rounded up and sent for slaughter. Many are unwanted due to ovrbreeding, and that includes racehorses.
      All equines face similar fates, donkeys are slaughtered for meat.
      Animals that are intended for slaughter face cruelty everyday, long distance transportation without water, overheating and then rough handling. Live transports like this have to stop.

  11. I urge to END to the annual sale of ponies in Dartmoor.
    This SADISTIC HORROR must be BANNED!!

  12. Shirley Lemieux says:

    If authoritative figures responsible for the safety and well being and fate of these horses do nothing to prevent cruelty and harm, then it is irresponsible and neglectful. Videos showing these cruelties should be evidence enough that something needs to be done.

  13. Fetia+Faggiano says:

    Ohhh his this upsets me who The Fk would do this !!??? No it’s Not Right I’m so upset it makes me sick

  14. Kick and beat those bastards severely until they cannot stand…
    Shame the poor horses don’t suddenly have the intelligence to turn around and kick the bastards on the face.

  15. Please put a stop to this evil at once. How can anyone who participates in this call themselves “human”. I think there should be an open season on “people” like this. Get them out of the way one way or another.

  16. The abusers need to suffer the same abuse on daily basis…IMO

  17. Devon Councillor the precious and innocent Dartmoor Ponies at these vile and evil heinous and deliberate torturous and murdering auctions must be protected and saved from the psycho animal torturing murdering monsters who deliberately and heiously torture these precious and innocent Ponies to death purely for their GREED.
    This sadism, evilness and their vile and evil Greed of deliberate torture and murder of these precious and beautiful Dartmoor ponies must be stopped and banned immediately.Such innocent and defenceless precious SOULS deliberately and heinously tortured to death by the vile and evil money hungry lowlife human species.
    These psychopathic money hungry human monsters are the lowlife human monsters who should be tortured to death. Eradication of these psychopathic animal torturing murdering money hungry human filth from the planet is a must.
    The precious and innocent Dartmoor Ponies must be protected and saved from these animal toruring murdering money hungry GREEDY psychopatic monsters from hell.

  18. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE. YOU WICKED, EVIL, LUNATICS. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER TO DO THIS TO ANY….ANY ANIMALS. YOU DISGUSTING, SO CALLED HUMANS. STOP THIS NOW. THIS VILE, EVIL CRUELTY WILL NEVER, EVER BE ACCEPTABLE. I WOULDNT WANT YOUR DISGUSTING KARMA, AND YES IT WILL FIND YOU BECAUSE YOU MADE IT.
    STOP THIS NOW, YOU FOOLISH, MINDLESS, SELFISH MORONS

  19. American+Girl says:

    Cull these bastards. Pray that Karma hits their greedy souless asses 1,000X over! Disgusting inbred cunts!

  20. These vile bastards require instigation of the death penalty and nothing less.A slow and agonising death for these evil cretins is essential!!!! OH YESSS!!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

*

23133 Signatures

  • Kristi Wise
  • Lakeesha Smith
  • Nichole Bachand-Bartlett
  • Sam Ja
  • Andrea Payne
  • Lynda Nelson
  • Kathleen Creamer
  • RUTH WELDON
  • Frances Hankin
  • Beatrice DE RIOLS
1 of 2313123...2313
Skip to toolbar