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Petition: stop all imports of horsemeat, these horses are tortured! What’s happening in Canada


The production of horse meat in Canada, Uruguay, Argentina and Australia (which is also imported into Italy) is a long chain of cruel treatment and gross suffering inflicted on the horses –which, apart from anything else, come from very dubious sources (stolen, racetrack rejects).

These images, recorded in Canada, are the result of years of investigation, and show clearly what EU inspectors simply do not wish to see: these systems of breeding, dealership, transport and slaughter show no respect whatsoever for the EU’s own requirements.

And yet we go on importing this meat into Europe, and above all into Italy, as if everything was just fine.

In order to put a stop to all this, an international network of Associations from several countries (IHP for Italy) has launched a PETITION to be presented to the EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Undercover investigations have revealed that the horses are systematically very cruelly mistreated. Those seriously wounded, or sick, receive no veterinary care or euthanasia. Horses which collapse during transport are merely pulled off the lorries with chains, and just left there to die. In the Canadian studs, newborn foals are thrown out into the elements and left to die of extreme heat or cold. Breeders, dealers and slaughterhouse staff are given a tip-off when an inspection is due, and obviously then manage to hide any evidence of wrongdoing in good time.

ADD YOUR NAME to put an end to this horror!



The agony of horses in Argentina: shock inquiry reveals the tortures inflicted on animals before the slaughterhouse

Canada shock: live horse transport to Japan, to go into sashimi

5 CORAZONES, the documentary about the equine slaughter and the export of horse meat in Argentina

Shocking investigation: horse meat import from Australia, severe abuses on horses

Slaughter of horses for human consumption in Italy, 2019: a slight reduction in numbers, but the precise figures are by no means clear

Tortured horses, meat from North and South America imported to EU, Italy included: investigation in Canada, Argentina and Uruguay (June 2019)

Tortured horses, the videos of the investigation in Canada, Argentina and Uruguay (June 2019)

Slaughter of horses for human consumption in Italy: 2018 data

Slaughter of horses for human consumption in Italy in 2017: numbers and a few worrying facts

Equine meat and bovine meat: what is the real scandal? (February 2013)

Horse meat in Italy: an investigation reveals that it contains substances dangerous to health (Dec 2011)

Investigation on horse meat entering Europe from America (Dec 2011)