Kill Buyers – Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come for You?


Voltaire, Make my Enemies Ridiculous........

Written by:  Heather Clemenceau

This has been a most difficult blog post to write.  I have watched it many times and cried many tears,  especially after adding the Brian Eno soundtrack (from The Lovely Bones) The horses being transported in this video are likely already dead.

You are watching the dash cam of an anti-slaughter advocate, recording the “Roping J” rig with a load of horses heading eastbound on the 401 highway towards Richelieu slaughterhouse in Quebec on November 27, 2013.  The video was taken on the 401 eastbound between London and Woodstock Ontario.  Jeron/Jeroslav Gold is the owner of Roping J Ranch in Fairhaven, Michigan.  He’s a large scale kill buyer who gets many of his horses from traders in Ohio, Minnesota, Louisiana, and Kentucky. Animals Angels reported on the collecting facility in Fairhaven, where the outdoor pen was full of horses and the Roping J truck was backed up to the loading ramp.  Gold typically drives up to Canada through the Port Huron border crossing, which is about 1 1/2 hours west from where this rig was filmed.

The original audio track has been removed to preserve the anonymity of the supporter. It has been replaced by a transcript of the driver’s original comments.  As the supporter’s car approaches Gold’s rig in the centre lane, you can see clearly that he has attached a horse’s tail above the latch.  The trailer has been seen and photographed on previous occasions with this odious “middle finger salute” to animal lovers.  It’s a real tail, and he quite often positions it to appear as though a horse is jammed into the hinge or latch.   What’s new this time is that there appears to be an actual horse tail jammed in the door at the bottom right side above the door hinge.  It is visible from multiple angles in the video.  Also notice from the video that the driver of the rig appears to have noticed that his information is being taken, as he encroaches into the driving lane where our videographer is driving.  The person who mocks horse lovers by flying a horse tail “flag” and who tries to squeeze the videographer in their own lane is the type of person that is going to be signing off on documents stating the horses are drug free, while putting adulterated meat into the food chain. This is the type of person that we allow control and input into the food chain,  someone who is perhaps close to the furthest end of the spectrum of immorality.



Notice that the video was shot late in the afternoon – we can see this via the long shadows of the vehicles travelling eastbound – it is perhaps after 4 pm.  From somewhere between London and Woodstock Ontario, it’s just il_fullxfull.470063523_ajwjunder 9 hours until the driver reaches Massueville QC (excluding stops) and about 8 hours to St. Andre-Avellin, so the horses would arrive very late the same day or possibly the next day. The earliest he could possibly arrive would be 11 pm if he went to St. Andre-Avellin (Les viands de la petite nations slaughterhouse) and even later if he went to Massueville as expected (Richelieu slaughterhouse).  What time did he expect to get there?

There wouldn’t be an inspector at the plant at this time – they only work regular hours.  And they can no longer unload the trailers without inspectors present, so the horses will have had to spend the night on the trailer until the next morning.


:40   – US DOT 289445

:50   – Got the whole Roping J Ranch Michigan US DOT Number 289445  KYU 243688

Ontario 158517965

Quebec 5841037

1:21  – Michigan Trailer License B675540

2:20 –  Truck begins to encroach into driving lane – driver aware that his information is being taken and is squeezing the driver in their own lane?

2:25  – Truck moves back into its own lane and weaves slightly after doing so

A very comprehensively written article by 13 Investigates followed slaughter bound horses journey from the Shipshewana auction in Indiana,  near the Michigan border, where Gold purchased almost all the horses offered for sale.  He was also quoted in A Toronto Life article about the horsemeat trade in Canada, arguing: “There is an end life for everything. I’d like to know what people want to do with all these horses that nobody wants. I’d like somebody to answer that. [Every day] I see…horses mistreated, skinny, didn’t have proper care and there’s nobody to take care of them. Who’s going to take care of them?”

“I killed every one of those f—ing horses, over 120 of them, if they only knew. I only have five left and the ones that you have. Every one of them is dead. I don’t even know their names and there wasn’t a goddamn thing they could do about it…” ~ Kelsey Lefever

"La Palette", horsemeat, protest, "Toronto restaurant" , "french restaurant" , horse

Circle of Death – This is where some of Gold’s “product” ends up – at La Palette in Toronto,  where horse advocates have held dozens of protests.  Here is co-owner Shamez Amlani (on the left) arguing with protester.

This is not how you do end-of-life.  Can’t you give horses “mistreated, skinny” horses a humane death without eating them? And I bet there are no skinny horses on Gold’s trailer.  The USDA reports 92% 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 people like Jeron Gold, seeking healthy animals that bring the best price per pound.

Gold’s driving is perhaps typical for kill buyers – in the video One Horse’s Last Steps, which has over 50,000 views, you can plainly see the driver run over a curb and swerve into the curb lane a number of time with a load of horses. And yet another tail can be seen caught in the door.

We will fight you until our dying breath is taken, just like Mary Nash did.  Please support these currently active programs:

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About heatherclemenceau

Hopefully as I've grown older I've also grown wiser, but one thing I've definitely become cognizant of is the difference between making a living and making a life. Frequently outraged by some of life's cruelties, and respect diversity. But.....I don't suffer fools gladly, and occasionally, this does get me into some trouble! I have the distinction of being the world's worst golfer - no wait, I do believe that there is a gypsy in Moldavia who is a worse golfer than I. Nor am I much of a dancer - you won't see a booty-shakin' flygirl routine from me! I'm also not the kind of cook who can whip up a five-course meal on a radiator either! And I've never figured out how to get an orchid to bloom a second time. I love to discuss literature, science, philosophy, and sci-fi , or even why Seinfeld is funny on so many levels. Words move me. I'm very soft-hearted about most things, especially animals, but I have a stoicism about me that is sometimes interpreted incorrectly. I do have a definite edge and an often "retro-adolescent" sense of humour at times. I'm a big advocate of distributed computing projects to advance science. Check out if you want to find out more. I'm an eclectic plant-based eater, and as such, it's a personal practice of mine to seduce innocent meat-eaters into cruising the (salad) bars at every opportunity. You would be powerless to resist. I was recently surprised to find that a computer algorithm concluded that I write like Dan Brown, which is funny because I didn't think Dan Brown could actually write. Check out your own style - Oh, and I love impractical shoes and funky hats.

16 responses »

  1. Pingback: Videographer Records Kill Buyer Behaving Badly Enroute To Slaughterhouse | Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

  2. Slaughter, rescue all of it is tuff….The work of rescue on any level so often feels like Sisyphus and the endless rolling of the heavy stone, only to have it fall back again, yet the alternative to do nothing, is not an option.

    • Agreed. They should also be reported for reckless driving…you can’t just run a car off the road in a semi truck!! Endangering the lives of horses and humans!

  3. There are plenty of nutball companies here in the US that would love to start their own horse slaughter plant, the only thing holding them back are lawsuits. Even with the EU claiming that they will not allow any horse meat from the US to be shipped to their member countries. Which is strange because they are well aware of the US horses hauled to Canada and killed in the EU approved slaughter plants. Where does the EU think all of these horses come from, just materialize out of thin air??

  4. I often wonder how many of us are working against slaughter. How many of us donate? How many of us petition? Are we making any progress?

    Personally, I think we are, but it is very hard to get the attention of major media. They are just now speaking of FRACKING, but horse slaughter, the rounding up of Wild Horses in both Canada and the US, and the danger to the world of Fukushima are serious matters still waiting for the mainstream media to get on board. How can we get more press?

  5. IDie Menschen sollen endlich aufhoeren Tiere zu toeten und zu quaelen !!!Das macht mich sehr sehr traurig diese videos und Bilder anzusehen!!Der Mensch ist ein sehr gefaehrliches Tier der vor nichts zurueck schreckt!

  6. Northern Indiana, Northern Ohio is an area very big with Amish communities. These people only use horse drawn carriages, plows, etc. It sounds like this guy is buying these horses from the Amish, who are being irresponsible owners. They know exactly where their horses are ending up. I would suggest that you start interviewing the Amish around these auction houses and ask them why they are using these facilities to sell their horses to known kill-buyers. Write articles in the community papers around these areas to let them know what is happening, contact local news stations in these Ohio and Indiana communities and surrounding towns and cities. Get your article and film out there beyond Facebook. Most of the normal people living around these Amish have no idea as to what goes on in the closed-off Amish facilities. They have a separate/closed-off existence from normal society. Expose the irresponsible owners of these poor helpless horses to their communities. Horses are not a throw-away commodity, but it appears perhaps the Amish feel they are.

    • The Amish run THE biggest Auction on the East Coast in Lancaster, Pa called New Holland, this is the auction where all other auctions send their leftovers and they have a horse auction EVERY monday morning starting at 9am due to the large number of horses coming in every week. its been reported that they have had as many as 250-300 horses on a single day and more than 80% of them end up being shipped to Canada for slaughter.

  7. To those of us who appreciate horses and the work that CHDC does, this ugly, ugly road trip with
    scumbag Jeron Gold is a heartwrenching watch. He is one twisted guy that’s for sure.
    Good job to supporter xxxx getting video. MP Seeback told me a couple weeks ago, he’ll back
    Bill C-322. I even gave him a T-shirt (lol) Actually…Dennis Davey, I do think this MP is willing to wear/display it when he reads petitions.

  8. I thin k i am gonna puke.
    sorry, fell head first off into the deep end earlier this year, a couple of months ago…
    will post later , no video on my machine, thank god.
    got involved( by accident ? ) trying to get them out of the us and safe. have been wondering about routes adn reopening of bouvry after renos complete and somehow wound up here.
    oh god the cruelty is just too much, will get in touch,
    god bless you for writing heather…

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