2014/10/11

USA | Knoxville – Tennessee | Horse Auction & Horsemeat Import

Our investigators return to the large slaughter auction in Knoxville in order to examine whether any improvements have been made since our visits last year. In April 2013, we reported the auction to law enforcement for leaving an emaciated horse overnight with no access to food and water.When our team arrives at the auction in the early afternoon,...read more


cat Horsemeat Imports, Animal Welfare Foundation, USA, Tierschutzbund Zürich
2014/08/01

Belgium | Brussels | GAIA files a charge against the horsemeat import company Equinox of dealing in stolen goods

In December 2013, the Tierschutzbund Zürich reported the Swiss importer GVFI, who bought his horsemeat at the slaughterhouse Lamar in Argentina, on the suspicion of dealing in stolen goods. A comprehensive on-site investigation had shown that this EU approved slaughterhouse does not only blatantly violate EU animal welfare standards, but also...read more


cat Belgium, Horsemeat Imports, Animal Welfare Foundation, Tierschutzbund Zürich
2014/07/11

USA | Eagle Pass, Texas | Export pens and horse transports

When our team arrives at the export pens in Eagle Pass in the early morning, several US trucks are already waiting to unload. One of them is pulling a “homemade” ex-refrigerator trailer. The horses inside another trailer appear extremely overcrowded and we observe a lot of kicking, fighting and biting. One of the horses has a severely swollen eye,...read more


cat USA, Animal Welfare Foundation, Horsemeat Imports, Tierschutzbund Zürich
2014/07/09

USA | Presidio, Texas | Export pens and horse transports

Our team arrives at the export pens in Presidio, Texas, in the early morning. We notice that the majority of the horses still have no shelter from the desert sun. Several horses are very thin. At 11:00 a US truck leaves the export pens with a load of “rejects”. These are horses that have been rejected by the Mexican veterinarians and therefore...read more


cat USA, Animal Welfare Foundation, Horsemeat Imports, Tierschutzbund Zürich
2014/01/14

USA – Canada | Pennsylvania – Québec | Horse Transport to the Slaughterhouse Richelieu

Our team arrives early in the morning at the collecting station of kill buyer Bruce Rotz in Pennsylvania. At 13:15, we trail a vehicle belonging to the Guy D’Anjou trucking company, which contains horses from Bruce Rotz. In the evening, our investigators attempt to examine the conditions of the horses, but the only thing observable through...read more


cat Tierschutzbund Zürich, Animal Welfare Foundation, USA, Horsemeat Imports
2014/01/13

USA | New Holland – Pennsylvania | New Holland Sales Stables | Horsemeat Import

In the early morning, our investigators arrive at the New Holland Auction in Pennsylvania. Shortly after, kill buyer Brian Moore arrives for the horse sale, which is set to commence at 10:00. He unloads a few horses for re-sale, but keeps two severely emaciated ones confined in the trailer. Bruce Rotz and other kill buyers are also in attendance....read more


cat Tierschutzbund Zürich, Animal Welfare Foundation, USA, Horsemeat Imports
2013/11/23

USA | Knoxville – Tennessee | Knoxville Horse Auction | Horsemeat Import

Our investigators return to the large slaughter auction in Knoxville in order to examine whether any improvements have been made since our last visit in April. At that time, the auction had been reported to law enforcement for leaving an emaciated horse overnight with no access to food and water. Today we notice that all water troughs are filled,...read more


cat Tierschutzbund Zürich, Animal Welfare Foundation, USA, Horsemeat Imports
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