Megan Cardet is a lifelong equestrian who is moving heaven and earth to rescue horses and ponies from kill pens. Most of the public is unaware that kill pens exist, let alone the horrors that await unwanted horses. They are sent to Mexico to be slaughtered (some don’t survive the journey), and their meat is sold to foreign countries. This gruesome death sentence begins when they are dumped at a kill pen.
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With the important role of the horse throughout history, it is incomprehensible to Megan that these noble creatures are betrayed by their owners and a predatory industry. Rescue groups are doing what they can to intervene, and Megan is an advocate for reform.
“While it is illegal to eat horse meat in the states, our government is sending thousands of our horses overseas for slaughter and human consumption. We must pass the Safe Guard American Foods Act HR 3355/2732 so that our horses can no longer be sent to kill pens,” she says.
“I know first hand what this loving project means to Megan and everyone who is involved with A Place For Peanut. I’ve seen the minis, the horses and even Snowflake the donkey, and you can actually sense their gratitude. It’s a lot of time and work for those involved, and the more that are saved from the kill pens and given good homes…well it just makes the world a better place. The minis doing therapy with sick kids is awe inspiring. If you’ve got a few bucks to help out, it’s greatly appreciated.”
~ The late, great sportscaster Bob Allen, board member of A Place For Peanut and board member of the Sunshine Kids
A Place for Peanut was founded in January 2016 so that others can experience the joy of spending quality time with a horse. But it is also a refuge for horses whom would otherwise face unspeakable plights.
It all started with Peanut, a miniature filly measuring a delicate 29 inches tall. One would think such a cute pint-sized horse would be cherished as someone’s pet, but this was not the case for Peanut.
She was discovered in a Texas “kill pen,” a place where owners and breeders dump their unwanted horses. Peanut was separated from her mother, who had been sent to slaughter.
This gruesome death sentence awaits horses who are transported to Mexico and killed for meat consumption in foreign countries. Thankfully, Megan intervened and Peanut is now thriving alongside her herd mates.
Peanut is the inspiration behind Megan’s rescue efforts and now resides in Houston, Texas with her herdmates. Peanut and Megan’s current goal is to raise awareness about kill pens. In doing so many equines are currently being rescued, rehabilitated, and adopted out. They also have many that have gone on to be a part of their equine therapy program.