Stop Horsemeat Imports

The Stop Horsemeat Imports campaign by the Tierschutzbund Zürich (Switzerland), Animal Welfare Foundation (Germany), Animals‘ Angels USA, Eyes on Animals (Netherlands), GAIA (Belgium) and L214 (France) is supported by Eurogroup for Animals, Brussels. Our animal welfare coalition calls on the EU Commission for a ban on horsemeat imports to stop the torturous production in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay.

15.01.2015 - Milestone: EU stops the import of horsemeat from Mexico

A recent audit of the FVO (Food and Veterinary Office of the EU) in Mexico has confirmed the results of our investigations from 2012 to 2013. Beside problems regarding traceability and food safety, the FVO for the first time also highlights serious animal welfare violations. “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. As the violations against animal welfare and consumer safety seen in Canada, Argentina and Uruguay are similar to the situation in Mexico, we call upon the EU Commission to consequently stop all horsemeat imports from these countries.

Misuse of the label EU

Slaughterhouse Lamar, EU certified.

EU importers and retailers make consumers believe that the horses have been kept, transported and slaughtered in compliance with EU standards. Fact is that the EU requirements only apply to the slaughterhouses, but are not enforced. The competent authorities of the exporting countries are empowered to place slaughterhouses on the list of EU approved plants and the EU does not have the means to verify the implementation of EU requirements. The FVO does not inspect every slaughterhouse, but just a sample.

«Despite frequent well documented official controls, establishments not in compliance with the relevant EU requirements remain on the list. The establishment review carried out by the SENASA has not been efficient. (…) The repeated recommendations of three consecutive FVO audit reports have not been properly addressed.» (FVO inspection report 2012, regarding Argentina)

watch it - the films

Each long-term investigation on horsemeat from torturous production is documented on a film. Horsemeat imports to Switzerland (2013), Argentina - Horsemeat from stolen horses (2013) and Horsemeat from torturous production (2014).

investigation reports

Since 2012, investigative teams have carried out over a hundred control operations in the exporting countries. They investigated auctions, collecting stations, transport, export pens, feedlots and slaughterhouses.
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press release

Animal welfare coalition calls on the European Commission for a ban on horsemeat imports from torturous production in North and South America.
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Which role does the EU play? Which role does the FVO play? What are the results of the investigations? What are the main differences between the regulations of the EU and the exporting countries?

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situation USA|Mexico

Summary of investigations since March 2012 in the US, at the Mexican border and in Mexico. Focussing on transport, export pens, border controls and slaughter plants.
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situation USA|Canada

Summary of investigations since October 2012 regarding US horses in Canada. Focussing on auctions, transport, export pens, border controls, feedlots and the slaughter plants of Bouvry in Alberta and Québec.
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situation Argentina

Summary of investigations in Argentina since November 2010. Focussing on transport, collecting stations and slaughter plants. Plus special investigation about stolen horses for slaughter.
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situation in Uruguay

Summary of investigations in Uruguay since 2013. Focussing on transport, collecting stations, feedlots and slaughter plants.
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