Columbus, North Carolina – Justin White, 26, makes his living from the blood of horses. He started purchasing and shipping horses to Texas for slaughter in March, 2015. He selects a few to post on his Carolina Feedlot Facebook page for highly exaggerated price, preying up the emotions of people to pay their bail. Typically horse slaughter price is $350-$450, but White posts them on his page for upwards of $1,000, doubling his money from what he would get for them at slaughter.
North Carolina has assessed White a $7,500 fine for failure to produce required records of horses. When investigators asked for coggins paperwork on 5 horses, he said he purchased them locally and did not have coggins. The investigators told him they would contact the seller, but White changed his story and admitted he purchased them in Oklahoma and did not have paperwork. “Mr. White admitted that the horses did not receive an [Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection] from the accredited veterinarian who visited his facility because the horses were ill and the veterinarian had refused to issue [the certificate] for interstate transportation,” the N.C. Department of Agriculture wrote in a violation notice.
On Tuesday the state gave White notice of quarantine, barring him from removing any horses from his property. “He is under quarantine because he has 17 animals on site without proof of Coggins testing,” Department of Agriculture spokesperson Jennifer Kendrick told reporters. “We anticipate the results to be back today, and if all the animals are negative for Equine Infectious Anemia, the quarantine will be released.”
Before starting his slaughter buying and shipping business, White was charged with 5 felony counts of animal abuse in South Carolina. That case is still pending.
Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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