Horse rescue organizations are on high alert these days. They are making sure people who want to adopt are legit.
That's because so-called "kill buyers" are looking for horses that they can pick up for cheap, then send to Mexico or Canada for human consumption.
"It is scary because they are everywhere," Dawn Bazewell told FOX 13.
Bazewell, who heads Faith Equine Rescue in Polk County, says kill buyers are scouting horse auctions, rescues, and relying on Craigslist classifieds for potential buys.
Right now, there is a moratorium on the slaughter of horses in the United States. The ASPCA is teaming up with horse rescue organizations. It has donated millions of dollars to outlaw the slaughter of horses.
In the meantime, rescuers like Bazewell are being extra cautious about who they allow to adopt. They are checking references and looking for any red flags.
An error could be the difference between life and death.
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