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Villa Chardonnay Works to Wither Horse Slaughter

By on December 21, 2014

A mare and foal living the good life at Villa Chardonnay. Photos: Abram Goglanian

Temecula, CA – December 21, 2014 – A devastating number of over 140,000 horses from the United States were sent to Mexico or Canada for slaughter last year according to the Equine Welfare Alliance. Thankfully, this immense figure is decreasing thanks to selfless animal rescues like Villa Chardonnay Horses with Wings, who welcome abandoned and often severely neglected horses with open arms.

Many believe that horse slaughter is a humane way of “euthanizing” sick or unusable horses but horse slaughter is a far cry from humane euthanasia. The term “euthanasia” implies that an animal is provided a painless and compassionate death free from suffering. The unsettling truth is that the system is highly flawed, and horses often suffer a brutal and terrifying end.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, “The USDA documented that 92.3 percent of horses sent to slaughter are in good condition and are able to live out a productive life.”

Only a small percentage of these animals are rescued, as there are few equine sanctuaries that can afford to accommodate horses that are completely out of options.

Unfortunately, many people overlook the harsh reality and ensuing trauma of the horse slaughter industry. Luckily, animal sanctuary Villa Chardonnay accepts as many abused and abandoned horses they can support, providing them with the love and compassion they never had.

Villa Chardonnay, one of the largest and most reputable sanctuaries on the West Coast, has saved 312 animals from a bitter end and provides a permanent home to over 200 animals today. Donations for most rescues in the United States are still down by 50% compared to before the recession, despite the increasing demand of horses in need. Villa Chardonnay’s heart and doors are always open to giving them a permanent home at the sanctuary.

Appaloosa runs free at his forever home at Villa Chardonnay

Appaloosa runs free at his forever home at Villa Chardonnay

As the epidemic of abandonment continues throughout the U.S., so increases the hoof count at Villa Chardonnay. A national capital campaign has been launched to move their sanctuary to a larger location, as the need has become critical. An excellent location has been identified that will allow Villa Chardonnay to become a self-sustaining nonprofit, and an Indiegogo fundraising campaign has been launched. Perks include anything from a polo shirt, to VIP event tickets, up to a 40 acre parcel of land.

Visit the Indiegogo campaign page to donate! A year-end matching donation campaign will match up to $25,000 in donations before December 23, 2014.

To sponsor one of Villa Chardonnay’s loving animals, visit

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Alexandra Lynch for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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