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Waverly Horse Sale brings thousands from all over the world

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This week, horse enthusiasts are flocking to Waverly for one of the nations largest horse sales.

Horse owner John Schroeder traveled from Yankton, South Dakota.

"It's one of the more fun things I do a year," said Schroeder.

Schroeder says he knows the responsibility of taking care of a horse, but many people don't which is why so many horses are neglected.

"Realize right away all the responsibilities and all the expense that goes along with it. It can cost a lot of money for hay. Hay cost two to three hundred dollars a ton," said Schroeder.

Schroeder says there still needs to be other ways to dispose of horses.

Responsible Transportation, was looking to open a slaughter house in Iowa, but dropped their plans in August because the president said he couldn't afford to wait for more court deliberations.

As for Bernie Lettington with the Iowa Federation of Humane Societies he's glad this decision was made.

"Not only the humane aspect of the process of slaughtering them but there's all the food safety issues and a lot of environmental concerns. And I think there are other options that need to be explored," said Lettington.

For David Beyer, co-owner of the sale barn, his opinion is slaughtering horses should be an option.

"There is a culture of people that like to eat certain things all over the world and who am I to say whether they can or not," said Beyer.

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