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Caution Horses For Slaughter
by Heather Chapin-Fowler of the Corral Staff
The Final Roundup Pittsburgh Magazine 5 /2004
Fighting to Stop the Sale & Slaughter of US Horses in Foreign Countries - KDKA TV Investigates 4/30/2004
The Slaughter Question Horse & Rider 12/2002
State Ranks High in Equine Slaughter WTAE's Paul Van Osdol Reports 4/27/2001
Slaughterhouse Ride WISH TV News 8 I-Team Investigative Report 4/2001
Illinois Defeats Horse Slaughterhouse! 1999

Kill Sale Pittsburgh Post Gazette 6/ 1999
Horses To Slaughter
Police, vet check horses' health at New Holland sale
July 1998

PA Horse Transport Legislation - Act 64 of 2001

Horse Transport Bill Passes Unanimously WTAE's Paul Van Osdol Reports 6/21/2001
State Lawmakers Urged to Protect Horses en route to Slaughterhouses
June 1998
State Concerned with Cruelty to Horses Taken for Slaughter
June 1998
Horse-Slaughter Industry Critics Pushing Changes
PA. Bill Would Help Protect Horses Headed to Slaughter
March 28, 1998
The goal is a humane trip for horses on the way to be killed for their meat, prized in Europe.

New York Does PA's Dirty Work January 1998
NYSP Stop Double Deck Trailer

 Horses inside double deck cattle trailer stopped by the NYSP. The owner was later convicted & fined $3000.00.
Horses inside double deck cattle trailer stopped by the NYSP. The owner was later convicted & fined $3000.00.

Horse Popsicle Case 1994
Cruel Transport Results in $11,100 Fine

Horses inside double decker covered with frost.
Horses inside double decker covered with frost.

The Last Ride
Eyewitness Account of trip to Slaughterhouse

Overcrowding, negligence plague Shelby horse feedlot
Great Falls Tribune 8/10/2003
The Torture Trail
December 1980
85 horses in trailer, 57 survive

One horse too weak to stand eats from a bucket while lying down. A dead horse lies in the snow.
A dead horse lies in the snow, while another too weak to rise eats from a bucket.
The Miracle Mile July 1990
Pregnant Mare Foals Hours After Rescue From Slaughterhouse-
Foal is a Stakes Winner!
Pasturemate Pasturemate of the Stakes Winner, "On Route 66" who was born only hours after her dam was taken from a slaughterhouse

PA Dealer Sent to Prison 1999
Shady Horse Dealing

Renaissance Bob 12/ 1998
Rescue of a Racehorse

An Eye For An Eye
Story of Catch-22


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"I'm not paying some outrageous fine because some judge has [ a bias against ] someone hauling slaughter horses." ...
Frank Carper
The fine remains unpaid to this day.

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Horse Hauler Faces $11,100 in Fines

By Lynn M. Ermann Staff Writer

Tractor Trailer at Schroon Lake, NY Rest area. SCHROON - Like thousands of truckers along the Adirondack Northway, David A. Carper, a driver for Frank C Carper & Sons, drove a "slaughter truck". He carried horses from New Jersey up to slaughterhouses in Canada. He traveled at night, when no one would see the conditions in which he kept his animals.

The only danger Carper faced was car trouble.

And on the night of Jan.27, the strain of the cold weather on his truck's engine forced Carper to pull over to a rest stop along the Northway. As Trooper Thomas Garcia of the State Police in Schroon Lake approached the truck to help the stranded driver, he saw that it was filled with horses, jammed in on two levels.

"They were just frost covered their eyelids, their hair,"

said Dr. Robert Lopez, a Westport veterinarian who inspected the truck and its live cargo. Horses inside double decker covered with frost.

Carper like another worker from his company who was arrested in 1992 might have been charged a $100 fine and dismissed.

But Tuesday, Schroon Town Justice Jean R. Strothenke charged Carper for each horse he transported in violation of the Agriculture and Markets laws.

For the 40 horses that he transported improperly, Carper is paying a total of $11,100.

The compartment where the horses were kept was insulated insufficiently ,causing them to be covered with frost, according to Essex County, Assistant District Attorney Deborah Whitson

There were no sturdy partitions placed 10 feet apart from each other, as required, to separate the horses, according to Whitson.

And the truck held horses on two levels, also a violation, she said.

Valley News

Elizabethtown, NYApril 27, 1994
New Jersey man fined for illegal transport of horses
By John Duval, Staffwriter

SCHROON LAKE--A 21-year-old New Jersey truck driver was fined more than $11,000 in Schroon town court Monday,April 18. The action came after his arrest for improperly transporting horses from his state to a Canadian slaughterhouse.

According to town court and the Essex County District District Attorney's office, David A. Carper, 21, was arrested by Schroon-based state police on Jan. 27. County officials said he had stopped his tractor trailer rig that night at a rest area off I-87. State troopers while checking out the area found Carper was carrying 40 horses in a bi-level or two tier truck. Such transportation of animals is illegal in New York State. Rear view of double deck cattle trailer with horses on at Schroon Lake, NY rest area

He was originally charged with 150 counts of violating the state's agriculture and markets law which governs the transportation of animals. Carper, from Cranbury, N.J., was identified as a driver for Frank Carper, identified as his father, also from Cranbury, N.J. Shortly after his Jan. 27 arrest, he was released on $500 bail to reappear in town court.

A nine-hour town court trial was held April 13. The county district attorney's office was represented by Assistant District Attorney Deborah Whitson. Carper was represented at the trial by Attorney Albert Carilli of New Jersey.

Troopers Thomas Garcia and Donald Messings, who arrested Carper, also were at the trail providing testimony. Whitson told the Times of Ti, some evidence at the scene at arrest time couldn't be properly recorded by troopers. She said 35-degree below zero temperatures prevented troopers from being able to adequately take enough photographs at the arrest scene.

"Even pens would stop working because of the cold,"

Whitson said.

Whitson said the troopers allegedly found the horses in Carper's truck were so cold some had their eyes frosted over. Others were found slipping on frozen urine inside the truck. Whitson said Carper could have also been charged for not having barriers set up inside the truck separating some of the horses and for not having a non-skid floor inside the vehicle for the animals. Horses jammed inside a double deck trailer, inhumanely forced to hold their heads down.

Carilli argued in court it was improper far the state to lodge a distinct charge for each horse that was transported in violation of the state regulations. He urged the charges should be linked to the trailer and he asked the number of charges be dropped from 150 to four. Whitson argued the statute was designed to protect the horses and the per horse charges were proper.

As a result of the April 13 trial, the original 150 counts of violating the agriculture and markets were reduced to 110 counts. Carper was found guilty by Town Justice Jean R. Strothenke who decided her ruling on the case during the weekend of April 16 and 17.

Strothenke explained the offense was dropped as a misdemeanor to a violation offense. Carper was allowed to remain free on bail. The judge announced her decision setting the fines April 19. The judge said Carper would be notified of the court action.

Hoof Print 1994

by Ann Bartgis

Shipping of horses to slaughter has again resulted in legal action. Records indicate that David Carper, 21 of New Jersey was arrested on January 27th by Schroon-based New York State Police. While on a routine patrol along Interstate 87 (the Adirondack Northway) police checked a rest area where Carper had stopped. The truck he was driving was found to be carrying 40 horses in a bi-level or two-tiered arrangement. He was originally charged with 150 violations of New York State's Agriculture and Markets Law, which regulates animal transport in the State. Violations included partitions not of sturdy construction, more than one tier holding animals, floors not covered with abrasive material, and insufficient insulation or materials to maintain an adequate temperature in the compartment containing the horses.  Horses on both levels inside a double deck cattle trailer

Carper, a driver for his father Frank Carper, was released on bail and re-appeared in Schroon Town Court an April 13th. The nine-hour trial included testimony by the two troopers who arrested Carper. Essex County Assistant District Attorney Deborah Whitson said that due to extreme temperatures at the time of the arrest, some evidence at the scene could not be properly recorded, and in the best interests of the animals, things were expedited as much as possible that January night. At around 35 degrees below zero, the ink in the pens froze, however also as a result of the cold, troopers found horses slipping on frozen urine inside the truck. The attorney for Carper, Albert Carilli of New Jersey argued that it was improper to file a separate charge for each violation for each horse; as an example, Carper was charged with 40 violations of the law requiring sufficient insulation or coverings to maintain an adequate temperature. Cariili maintained that there were no instruments actually inside the compartment to measure the temperature there. Assistant D.A. Whitson argued that the law was designed to protect each individual horse, however the original 150 counts were dropped to 110.

Town Justice Jean Strothenke, in her decision of April 18, 1994, found Carper guilty of 35 charges relating to partitions in the compartment, 35 charges relating to the shipping of horses in a two-tiered compartment, and 40 charges of failing to maintain adequate temperature in the compartment. The charges relating to the lack of a non-slip/abrasive material on the floor were dismissed. Carper was fined a total of $11,100. Attorney Carilli maintained that the New York laws were unconstitutional as they attempt to regulate interstate commerce. Horses jammed inside a double deck trailer, forced to hold their heads lower than normal. 3 inch I beams protrude below the ceiling.

Assistant D.A. Whitson stated that the Carper's have filed a notice of appeal. This will be heard in Essex County Court in Elizabethtown. They have also made a motion to suspend the order to pay the fines pending the outcome of the appeal. Whitson does not expect any resolution to the case until much later in the year.

The same owners were involved in a similar case just two years ago (April 15-27, 1992) where the horses were confiscated. Carper's attorney at that time also inferred that interstate commerce was being interfered with. Charges in that case were dismissed. Called as a witness in both cases was Dr. Robert Lopez of Westport. Two days after this year's case was heard in Schroon town court, a letter was written to Lopez by Monica Berntsen-Carper on the letterhead of Camelot Sales Stables- Frank Carper, requesting payment of "$6000. for loss of income" incurred when Lopez "caused a load of horses to be confiscated" relating to the case in 1992. Lopez was given 30 days to submit payment or "legal action will be taken to collect this debt". We will keep you posted on both cases. For more information on this issue, see HoofPrint. June '93 issue- Abuse neglect, or just poor management.

Hoof Print 1994

by Ann Bartgis February 1995

The wheels of justice:
An update One-year anniversary sees no end to humane-transport case

CRANBURY, NJ - An animal-welfare case that outraged Hoof Print readers last January is still not resolved, and the issue of whether horses that are being transported to slaughter are treated humanely is still very much in question.

Hoof Print reported in its June 1994 issue that David Carper of New Jersey was arrested January 27, 1994, along the Adirondack Northway (I-87) in New York state for violations of various sections of New York State's Agriculture and Markets Law. The charges included transporting horses (which were destined for slaughter) on more than one tier of a double-decker trailer. Carper's arrest was complicated by the fact that at temperatures said to be in excess of -35 F, some evidence could not be properly recorded because the ink in the officers' pens froze. Following an April 1994 trial, Carper was found guilty of multiple charges and fined. Carper's attorney, Albert Carilli, filed a notice of appeal and made a motion to suspend payment of the $11,100 fine pending the outcome of the appeal. That motion was denied by Essex County (NY) Judge James Dawson in May. In early December, a civil lawsuit was filed by Essex County Assistant District Attorney Deborah Whitson to enforce the $11,100 judgment, giving Carper until January 30, 1995 to respond (pay). At deadline time, Carilli asked for a 30-day extension (to put forth a defense or pay the fine). New Jersey law entitles Carper to one 30-day extension. Essex County has, in the meantime, contacted a New Jersey law firm that has done work for humane organizations. If necessary, this firm will bring an action in New Jersey to enforce payment.

Double deck cattle trailer with horses on the top and bottom decks. According to the Essex County District Attorney's Office, Carper told New York State Police that he was driving the truck for a business owned by his father, Frank Carper & Sons, and that the horses were destined for slaughter. In 1992, another driver working for Frank Carper & Sons was convicted of transporting horses in violation of the same statute under which David Carper was cited. Monica Berntsen-Carper, Frank Carper's wife and David Carper's stepmother, wrote to Robert Lopez, DVM, in April 1994, two days after the 1994 case was heard. Her letter, on Camelot Sales Stables letterhead, stated that Frank Carper of Cranbury requested payment in the amount of $6,000 for "loss of income (I) incurred." The letter states that Lopez "wrongfully caused a load of horses to be confiscated," as the charges of animal cruelty in that case were dismissed.

This story continues to be of keen interest to horse people throughout the Northeast, perhaps because of the extremely cold winter we all endured last year and the temperatures in which the horses were being shipped. Hoof Print has learned that Whitson recently was contacted by a New York Times reporter who had attended a sale at Camelot Sales Stables and who wanted more information about the Essex County case. Hoof Prinf will continue to follow this case as the wheels of the justice system continue to roll slowly onward.

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