Commend Girl for Rescuing Slaughter-Bound Horses


Target: Meghan Murphy

Goal: Commend a brave girl for saving two young horses from slaughter

Meghan Murphy, a 12 year old girl from Maine, was looking online for a horse to lease when she came across a website called Auction Horses. She decided that instead of using the money she had saved from mowing lawns, babysitting, and doing odd jobs on leasing a horse, she would rescue one from slaughter.

“I clicked on [the link] and I saw there was this little 11-month-old that they were going to kill, and they were stopping feeding him on the day that I had found him,” Meghan said. “I decided that I couldn’t spend my money on me just getting a horse to ride when a horse is going to die if I didn’t help him.” She named the 11 month-old colt Dreamer, short for Dream Catcher.

She ended saving not just one horse, but two. She named the other colt Murphy.

“Dreamer wouldn’t get on the trailer without [Murphy], so I said I’d take both of them,” she said. “I just decided that if I didn’t save him, he was going to die. He was only 4 months old. So it was a pretty easy decision.”

Horse meat can’t currently be sold in the United States, but it can be exported, and is sold for consumption in China, Russia, Mexico and other countries. “Kill buyers,” who buy horses at auction for as little as $20 a head, ship them over the border to be sent to slaughter. Many auction horses end up with this sad fate. There are kill pens over the border in Canada where horses in Maine get shipped, Meghan said, as well as in Mexico. Slaughter houses are also scheduled to open in several U.S. states.

However sad slaughter may be, the problem is the breeders. Meghan recognizes this as well. “Slaughter really exists because of overbreeding, breeders and backyard breeders,” she says. Indiscriminate breeding of mares causes a surplus of horses, many of which are not useful animals due to conformation faults, bad temperaments, and other soundness issues. These horses would ideally live out their lives in a pasture, but sadly, this is rarely the case. Horses are expensive to feed and take care of properly, and sometimes even useful animals end up at an auction going to slaughter.

The difference Meghan made in these two horses lives is commendable. Her selflessness is remarkable, and Dreamer and Murphy will hopefully live a long, healthy life under her care.


Dear Meghan,

Thank you for rescuing Dreamer and Murphy from slaughter. What you did gives a good example for other people to follow, and what you teach others may make an impact on the overbreeding issue. Hopefully, with cases like yours, we can teach people about proper horse care and eliminate the need to save horses like Dreamer and Murphy from slaughter.

Your commitment to these young horses is commendable. Thank you for working so hard to take care of these two horses and educate people about slaughter.


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  1. Sabina Weilbier says:

    You are young and life has a nasty habit of trying to blunt our better instincts such as empathy for other living creatures, generosity, kindness – sometimes on the pretext of trying to save us from being disappointed, hurt or used, e.g. “you’re too soft, others will take advantage of you”, bla bla bla. I pray to God to give you the strength to resist anyone or anything that would try and change you. It is we who should aspire to become more like you. Well done my teacher.

  2. kathy seckinger says:

    Dear Megan, just wanted to let you know how much I respect what you h#vw done. The compassion you have exhibited by this act of kindness is an inspiration to us all. This old world needs people like you! You are an earth angel, and I love you!

  3. Patricia Wicker says:

    I just want to say what a wonderful girl you are !! You have a good heart and I also applaud your Parents for bringing up such a warm sensitive young lady.
    Thank You for saving these Horses.

  4. I want to thank you with deep deep gratitude and wishe all chldren could be like you having this kind of compassion for animals , ill share your compassion in action on facebook, im deeply moved I love animals myself and save many alwaso help so m so garatefull to you for doing this bless You Megan thank you so very very much beyond words bless your famely also to let you do this bless the horses and may thye all be saved may others follow your compassion and help and save them, this s so fantastik you did this thank YOU

  5. Way to go M.! Have fun and be happy with your new friends!

  6. Lela cheadle says:

    Incredible story…the courage of this young girl just warms my heart. It only takes one person to stand against the darkness and say “no. This display of inner strength encourages all people of good will to take a stand against brutality in whatever form it may manifest . There is still hope in the world.
    God bless you Meghan!

  7. Theresa Helander says:

    You have a heart of gold and so much of kompassion
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart

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