An NGO denounces the “true face” of horse meat

The Welfarm association is sounding the alarm on the deplorable living conditions of horses slaughtered in Canada and South America to be consumed in Europe. The NGO publishes this Wednesday a damning investigation.

leaves no room for doubt and denounces animal abuse in American horse farms. In more than eight minutes, the NGO Welfarm specializing in animal welfare connects sequences to be nauseated. Dead foals abandoned in the snow, skeletal horses and other obese…

The video, integrated into this Wednesday, begins with an observation: 4,300 tons of horsemeat were imported in 2018 from the American continent. Indeed, despite the scandal of horse meat in beef lasagna which led to a sharp drop in consumption of red meat in France, the horse industry is still gaining followers in France. Since the 1970s, the consumption of horse meat has been divided by five, with the French eating an average of 300 grams per year. There are currently horse butchers in France.

The French consume little of their own horses, the millions of horses in France being mostly themselves exported to Italy, Belgium or Switzerland. To respond to demand, the NGO states, with supporting study, that France imports 77% of its meat from Canada, Uruguay and Argentina, a figure to which should be added “2000 tonnes of meat from of Belgium, the hub of this trade in Europe”, specifies the study.

Six months in freezing cold

If the foals die under the Canadian snow, it is because the horses of all the American continent intended for the export in Europe must remain six months in quarantine in the largest slaughterhouse of Canada, Bouvry-Export, close to Calagary, in overcrowded enclosures before being slaughtered. “Quarantine required by the European Union”, notes the investigation report. Result, thousands of horses are piled up under a temperature of -30 degrees, without any shelter.

In Canada, foals, left in freezing temperatures, freeze to death most of the time. TSB / AWF

Footage filmed between January and February 2019 shows deplorable images of horses in pain. Without any prescribed animal care, equines are only force-fed grain so they can make more fat. As a result, they become completely obese.

The video continues its broadcast with images this time taken in Argentina and Uruguay, between April 2018 and January 2019. “Argentinians and Uruguayans do not eat horse meat. All the meat from race, work or leisure horses is therefore exported to Europe, Russia or Asia,” explains the commentator. This time, the NGO deplores the fact that racehorses are doped with anabolics, anti-inflammatories and painkillers, substances which are supposed to make the consumption of meat prohibited in France. At the Clay slaughterhouse, the largest in Uruguay, which slaughtered 18,000 horses in 2018, the images this time show extremely thin, injured horses, showing untreated gaping wounds. The sickest horses die and the corpses are piled up behind the buildings.

Lack of controls and traceability

The NGO deplores the weakness of controls by the European Union. Indeed, while NGOs have been constantly alerting the authorities for ten years about the condition of equines in America, nothing has changed. However, the European Commission itself has several times expressed doubts about the treatment of horses. Thus, considers that “the competent authority is not able to certify reliably that the meat derived from these species complies with the public health requirements applicable on the European Union market”.

“Compliance with animal welfare requirements would be compromised, given the number of animals present”

European Commission report

In May 2018, the European Commission, not fooled in this matter, denounced these attempts at manipulation: “it is clear from the registers and the state of these centers that compliance with animal welfare requirements would be compromised, given of the number of animals present”, underlines the report. However, the Commission was unable to check the slaughterhouses as they were, since “contrary to what had been specifically requested, the three assembly centers were empty during the four days of audits”.

European importers of horsemeat (whose French are SNVC, Equus, Pégase, Profil Export and Viazur), faced with criticism, decided to create a new label in 2015, intended to guarantee consumers the well-being of horses. which will then be sold as steak in supermarkets. To guarantee this, two Belgian scientists visited the denounced slaughterhouses (Clay, Sarel, Lamar, Land L) and concluded that animal welfare was respected there. Except that, as for the Commission, the control is misleading, since the visits are announced in advance. Regarding the control of slaughterhouses, the NGO denounces “false audits”. The video shows sick horses taken away from the herd, suddenly replaced by healthy animals. Similarly, makeshift shelters are hastily built before being abandoned a few weeks later.

Recurring problems

What the NGO denounces is regularly pointed out in the meat industry, which is often mired in scandals. Recently, Fraudulent in February, and last week’s ‘case’ have once again exposed the traceability deficiencies of the meat trade within the European Union.

To counteract these deficiencies, the NGO Welfarm has several demands regarding horse meat. On the one hand, it quite simply asks French butchers and distributors to ban from their shelves horsemeat originating in Argentina, Uruguay and Canada, and the French government to introduce mandatory labeling on the origin of horse meat. However, between the trade agreement between the European Union and Canada on the one hand, signed in 2017, and on the other hand, between South America and the EU on the other hand, whose negotiations are still in progress, it is not at all sure that the policy of the European Union responds favorably to the demand and banishes meat from America.

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