Beau Jacques case not only sad, but worrying


The sad demise of former racehorse Beau Jacques will upset any horse lover.

Here was a thoroughbred gelding who, at five, was at the end of his racing career.

Owner Kevin Patterson had spent $US1000 in veterinary care to help Beau Jacques over a tendon injury suffered on March 29 last year, in the first step in getting him right for a new career after racing.

Kelsey Elva Lefever, 24, met with Patterson in May and held out the promise of a bright future for Beau Jacques.

Patterson gave Lefever Beau Jacques on the understanding she would find him a new home and he was not to be sold for meat under any circumstances, according to a probable-cause affidavit signed by Trooper Colleen Shelly, of the Pennsylvania State Police Department.

Patterson also gave her $US200 and 10 bags of horse feed to help Beau Jacques on his way.

He said if she needed any more money to help with Beau Jacques, she should get in touch. If things didn’t work out for his horse, he would take him back, he added.

Lefever asked if Beau Jacques had been medicated recently. Patterson confirmed the horse had received penicillin, naproxen and phenylbutazone.

In little more a week, through checks made by a volunteer with the charity, Animal Angels, it was established that Beau Jacques was in the trailer of a known kill buyer who sends horses to a Canadian plant.

The court will obviously decide the outcome in this case, with Lefever facing five charges – one of deceptive business practices and four counts of theft by deception over the sale of four horses, including Beau Jacques.

One wonders, however, whether the authorities will choose to pursue another interesting aspect that arises out of this case.

The affidavit indicates that the kill buyer in question paid, in total, $US1661 for four horses, including Beau Jacques, who were shipped from Pennsylvania to a Canadian slaughter plant.

Given that Lefever asked about medications, and Patterson made it clear that Beau Jacques had received three different drugs within the preceding two months, including phenylbutazone, it is interesting that Beau Jacques made it to slaughter at all.

There is no legal withholding period for phenylbutazone. Once a horse has received the so-called “horse’s aspirin”, it is no longer suitable for human consumption.

What became of Beau Jacques? Did his paperwork indicate he had received phenylbutazone and he was rejected at the plant? Did the paperwork show he had received phenylbutazone and went for petfood instead? Or did his paperwork show no known medication record and he was processed for human consumption?

Anti-slaughter advocates argue that horse slaughter is cruel and unnecessary. They also argue that horses are not raised as food animals in the United States and the wide use of medications such as phenylbutazone make them unsuitable for the human food chain.

The head of the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle, describes the horse slaughter industry as disreputable and predatory.

The circumstances outlined in Officer Shelly’s affidavit lend weight to that argument.

In this case, Beau Jacques had an owner clearly determined to ensure his retired racehorse had a future. He helped with money and feed, and made it clear he would take the horse back if things didn’t work out.

That Beau Jacques never got that chance is distressing.

* Beau Jacques should have had an EID form. Questions one and three on page 3 relate to medications.

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19 thoughts on “Beau Jacques case not only sad, but worrying

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  • January 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Horse killers are to be pitied for having such a cavalier attitude about the life of intelligent, sensitive creatures of the animal kingdom – of which we humans also belong. They need to be STOPPED. Unless you get to know a horse or horses you have no idea what devestation you are causing these animals. They are sensitive just like we are. They have families they care for and protect. They allow humans into their world and frequently become our greatest friends. They let us climb on their backs. They perform difficult work for us. They are worthy of our consideration and respect. Horse killers must change their ways. It is genocide of the horse species and we must protect our horses from extinction.

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  • January 25, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Why do we have to destroy everything we come into contact with! We have no problem ripping into life and spilling blood like water!
    How can anyone look into those soulful eyes of a horse and kill it! How does these people sleep at night?

  • January 25, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Beau Jacques, ending up on a Horse Slaughter Trailer, is a tragic story, that is repeated each week at every auction house in American. American’s do not eat our companion animals. Maybe now that the question of if Beau Jacuqes ended up on a human plate or in a can of dog food. will wake up the Government. We need the Senate and House to pass the Anti horse slaughter bills, which have been dying in committees for years. Kelsey Lifer is a morally bankrupt person, in my books.

  • January 25, 2012 at 4:23 am

    The jury should be made up entirely of anti-horse slaughter advocates.

    This woman should never see the light of day again, at best.

    • February 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      I cannot believe it but she didn’t get any jail time at all!!!!! Chester County DA giving her a 1st offense, ARD type program for victimless crimes!!! As a part of her probation she cannot work in a racetrack but in two years she can own or work with horses again in another venue. Ugh, awful:(

  • January 25, 2012 at 5:08 am

    The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) released a report Pasture to Plate: The True Cost of Canada’s Horsemeat Industry in December of 2011 based on videos and photos taken at Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation slaughter house in Quebec. In this report, they audited 62 EID documents and not one of these EIDs were given a pass. The EIDs showed that there is major fraudulence in the Canadian system of tracking slaughter horses raising alarm from a food safety standpoint. As well as major omissions on these forms, there were horses matched to the wrong EIDs, illegible owners information, scanty descriptions of horses, and most alarmingly collusion between the owner and/or kill buyer and/or the auction house indicating not one of the horses slaughtered were given any drugs within the prescribed time period. It is highly unlikely that Beau Jacques’ paperwork showed any of his drug history and highly likely he was processed for meat. Go to the CHDC website and read the report

  • January 25, 2012 at 5:43 am

    In additional to the charges against Lefever, she should also be charged for knowingly selling a horse with Bute in his system, to slaughter. I hope whoever ate Beau Jaques enjoyed their big helping of Bute. They can thank the ridiculously un-regulated horse slaughter systems for that. The owner said what Beau Jaques was given … Lefever could have cared less, she exposed humans to the Bute anyways. Nice.

  • January 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    All’s I have to say is this B…………………………….. Lefever I hope she spends lots of time in the big house. And that she never is allowed to own a horse, dog or cat, And that goes for any animal. Beau Jacques never had a chance. All’s I can think of is the fear he felt. And I hear is cry. Lefever you will nver have a friend in your life.

  • January 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    This is soooooo sad! Beau Jaques was so beautiful. I would have taken him in a minute, I hope miss horse trainer gets what she deserves. She is just evil.

  • January 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Imagine the distress you would feel knowing you had been deceived and made a fool of. Now add to that angst, the knowledge that the betrayal led to the death and butchering of a being known to bond deeply with man. Slaughter of equids MUST be banned, forever.

    • January 27, 2012 at 6:24 am

      I’ve owned horses for 35 years, 15 of which were spent in Dallas, TX when Beltex in Ft. Worth and Dallas Crown in Kaufman were still operating. I knew people that this happened to. They were DEVASTATED.

      I also had friends whose horses were stolen – three from the very boarding barn where my horse was. You cannot imagine their grief and terror as they frantically searched for their beloved partners – a search that almost always fails, as it did for them. This was in 1991 and still makes me cry.

  • January 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Why is everyone calling Lefever a horse trainer, horse traitor and human scum is more like it! These kill buyers lie and cheat all the time because they can get away with it or at least have been getting away with it for years!
    Horses are not raised as food animals and it’s more than just the bute that makes them unedible, even as pet food they are toxic to our pets! Lefever the traitor, lied when she acquired Beau Jacques and then in essence lied to the slaughter plants…this is not business… this is criminal activity!

  • January 26, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I dont understand why Animal Angels was not able to contact the owner of Beau Jacques and notify him of the situation – long before the horse made it to Canada? Can anyone address this?

  • January 27, 2012 at 7:31 am

    If you said, “This horse should have an EID” to an American, they wouldn’t know what you were talking about. Seriously, Americans haven’t even been told they should provide such information to buyers. I know because of my activities in the anti-slaughter movement, but otherwise, I wouldn’t have a clue either.

    We don’t even keep such records, and neither do our vets. There is no need since we don’t eat horses and most of us think of our horses as companion animals. In fact, our Federal Drug Administration also considers our horses to be companion animals, so no regulation of banned substances in horse products is warranted. That’s why we keep telling everyone that our horses are NOT safe to eat.

  • January 27, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I cannot believe this story, what could have gone wrong has gone very WRONG! I hope she gets nailed to the wall. Imagine considering herself as a horse rescuer. Shame on you! I live in Canada, and I feel that we are the worst, worst offenders in horse slaughter. US had the perfect opportunity to shut it down completely. Unfortunately, a lot of steps were missed, such as closing down their border to shipping any horses out, and making it illegal to breed horses in “backyards”, banning perfumes and Premarin, etc. It would take years, but could we get the horse population down to a minimum? And force these kill buyers out where they would actually have to get a real job to earn a living, and not by the blood of horses.

  • February 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Totally unacceptable of the U.S Government.
    Stop this slaughtery now.
    In my own home country of Sweden we have an Animal Welfare Agency who works very
    tactical and strategic to have animals taken and killed from animal-owners.
    If they are misstreated or not doesnt matter.
    Name of this sadistic and missbehaving Authority is Lanstyrelsen.
    This Animal Health Inspectors often guess and lie,
    and also often has no competencies.
    And they often win in Court.
    A joke? YES..


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