15.1.2015 - Milestone: EU stops the import of horsemeat from Mexico
Last year, our animal welfare coalition presented the results of a long-term investigation into horsemeat production in North and South America to the EU Commission. A recent audit of the FVO (Food and Veterinary Office of the EU) in Mexico has now confirmed what we had documented. Beside problems regarding traceability and food safety, the FVO for the first time also highlights serious animal welfare violations. The audit report confirms our criticisms: “While EU requirements regarding Animal Welfare during transport are not applicable in third countries, the findings of this audit corroborate information received from various nongovernmental organisations and confirm the very poor conditions in which horses are transported.” As a result of the FVO audit, the EU Commission decided last December to stop horsemeat imports from Mexico. This ban is an important step forward, but it is only the first step towards stopping the import of horsemeat from torturous production. The violations against animal welfare and lack of consumer protection seen in Canada, Argentina and Uruguay are similar to the situation in Mexico. Horses are systematically abused and there are no lifelong records of medical treatments. Our animal welfare coalition calls upon the EU Commission to stop all horsemeat imports from these countries, as they do not meet EU standards.
27.11.2014 Discussion about horsemeat imports with EU Members of Parliament
At the invitation of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals, we give a speech about horsemeat imports from overseas into the EU. 26 MEPs (Member of the European Parliament), 15 parliamentary assistants and 19 guests attend this meeting. Michael Scannell, director of the FVO (Food and Veterinary Office of the EU) is also present. He confirms that transport conditions in Mexico are totally unacceptable and that US horses arrive dead or non-ambulatory at the Mexican slaughter plants. He announces that the EU Commission, following some very difficult negotiations with the Mexican authorities, will soon take a decision regarding imports of horsemeat from Mexico but also from Canada into the EU.