Video At British Abattoir: Barbaric Inhumane Horse Slaughter


Barbaric Inhumane Horse Slaughter Video At British Abattoir


Just when I have thought I saw it all something else turns up horrific and barbaric. Horse slaughter is inhumane and should be against the law. The video I saw yesterday about horses being slaughtered at Red Lion Abattoir, in Cheshire.

How they are treating these horses destined for death is appalling and despicable. My heart stopped as I was watching the video.

Now if we stop and think about how the horses were treated inhumanely while being slaughtered at the Red Lion Abattoir, in Cheshire just think about what is happening to our horses here in the United Sates that are being shipped to Canada and Mexico.

I cannot imagine Mexico having any standard or regulations on horse slaughter. Our horses and wild horses are abused and tortured the second they enter the slaughter pipeline.

My heart breaks for these precious horses and what they endure before they die. They definitely are treated horrendous and cruel.

Revulsion over footage from British horse plant


The British Horse Society expressed its shock and revulsion at what it called sickening footage.

“The covert video released by Sky News includes scenes of a grey horse being beaten and groups of animals being stunned simultaneously, something that is completely illegal in Britain. Even more distressingly the film shows a horse apparently returning to consciousness (following stunning) whilst hanging upside down prior to be being bled out,” it said.

Chief executive Lynn Peterson said: “There are absolutely no excuses for what we have seen in this film.

“The treatment of these horses was barbaric, inhumane and frankly a downright disgrace in 21st century Britain. I know that every member of the British Horse Society will be as upset by this as I am and we must do everything we can to ensure this never happens again.

“We must praise the swift action of the Food Standards Agency in revoking the licenses of the slaughtermen involved but this cannot be the end of the matter. It is clear tighter regulation of abattoirs is required and we would support the compulsory installation of CCTV in all such premises.”


“Everybody must take responsibility”: Hairy Biker

Horsemeat scandal: Hairy Biker says ‘Everybody must take responsibility’


9 February 2013 Last updated at 00:52 GMT

An investigation is under way by the Food Standards Agency after a number of beef products were found to contain horsemeat.

Dave Myers is one of the Hairy Bikers, a duo who present cookery programmes on television.

In the past the pair have lent their name to a ready-meal manufactured from British beef and available in supermarkets.

He says that companies which produce meat products are under constant pressure from supermarkets to reduce their costs.

Dave Myers was speaking to the BBC’s Mishal Husain on Newsnight.

“More than a thousand racehorses a year sent to UK abattoirs

More than a thousand racehorses a year sent to UK abattoirs

Posted on Feb 14, 2013
Fallen Grand National may be hauled off to be slaughtered when injuries are too severe. Graphic by Vivian.

Fallen Grand National racehorses may be hauled off to slaughter when injuries are too severe. Graphic by Vivian.
Cross-posted from The Independent
The monitoring and tracking of horse numbers in Britain and Ireland is so lax that tens of thousands of animals may have been exported illegally and entered the food chain, experts have warned.
Officials at Aintree have been forced to deny that fatally injured horses could have entered the food chain
The Independent has also established that more than 1,100 racehorses were slaughtered in abattoirs in Britain in 2011, raising the risk that unscrupulous meat trade middlemen have diverted thoroughbreds for human consumption.
Officials at Aintree racecourse, home of the Grand National, have been forced to deny that fatally injured horses could have entered the food chain after it emerged that the owner of a Yorkshire abattoir raided and closed down this week on suspicion of supplying horsemeat to a Welsh processing plant has a contract to remove destroyed animals from the course. There is no evidence that the horses collected from Aintree entered the food chain.
Up to 7,000 unauthorised horse passports have been in circulation since 2008
Up to 7,000 unauthorised horse passports have been in circulation since 2008 after documents continued to be issued in the name of an organisation – The Spotted Horse and Pony Organisation – after it had its licence withdrawn. About 75 different organisations are authorised by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to grant the passports, which critics say makes the system chaotic and vulnerable to fraud.
Animal welfare campaigners said that up to 70,000 horses have been exported from the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, some of them with records showing they are unfit for human consumption wiped clean with falsified documents.
One of Britain’s leading public health experts said that ministers were wrong to state that horsemeat poses no risk to human health.
Professor Hugh Pennington said that the potential involvement of back-street or poorly run abattoirs in supplying illegal horsemeat raised the danger of contamination by bacteria such as salmonella in processed food products:
“There are issues at the bottom end of the market with meat going under the radar, like the horse meat has been doing.”
bute found in eight out of 206 carcasses tested
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has sought to quell concern about the presence of a veterinary drug – phenylbutazone, or “bute” – in horsemeat that may have entered the food chain after it revealed that bute had been found in eight out of 206 carcasses tested in a seven-day period this month. Read more at >>

Horses from Romania on their Way ….

People are so busy to search for HORSE-MEAT in their “daily meat” -Who asks for horses not for their meat?

My family went for a long time to the horse-market near Polish-German boarder – we bought horses and gave them a home with us, with our other horses. I cannot forget the eyes of horses, stayed back, wounded, sick, …
I have to close the computer for today…



Für heute schließe ich den PC; nicht wegen der Attacken auf meinen Rechner, sondern
weil ich diese Fotos nicht mehr verkrafte…wir haben immer wieder Pferde von dem
polnischen Pferdemarkt an der Grenze  zu Deutschland geholt, die Bilder dieser
Tiere sind so lebendig in mir, treiben mir die Tränen in die Augen


Romanian horses being transported, Compassion Investigation, 2009.

Horsemeat scandal blamed on international fraud

Horsemeat scandal blamed on international fraud by mafia gangs

DNA testing of food to be stepped up following fears there has been criminal activity on an international scale

Environment secretary Owen Paterson wants to see more DNA testing on food products. Photograph: Will Oliver/AFP

Organised criminal gangs operating internationally are suspected of playing a major role in the horsemeat scandal that has seen supermarket shelves cleared of a series of products and triggered concerns about the contamination of the UK’s food chain.

Sources close to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Food Standards Agency said it appeared that the contamination of beefburgers, lasagne and other products was the result of fraud that had an “international dimension”.

Experts within the horse slaughter industry have told the Observer there is evidence that both Polish and Italian mafia gangs are running multimillion-pound scams to substitute horsemeat for beef during food production. There are claims that vets and other officials working within abattoirs and food production plants are intimidated into signing off meat as beef when it is in fact cheaper alternatives such as pork or horse.

In an attempt to reassure the public that Britain’s food chain was not victim to systemic fraud, the environment secretary Owen Paterson on Saturday met representatives from the big four supermarkets, retail bodies and leading food producers to thrash out a plan to increase the amount of DNA testing of food.

“The retailers have committed to conduct more tests and in the interests of public confidence I’ve asked them to publish them on a quarterly basis,” said Paterson. He stressed there was no evidence yet that the scandal had become a public safety issue.

Paterson insisted retailers had to play the leading role in clamping down on the problem. “Ultimate responsibility for the integrity of what is sold on their label has to lie with the retailer.”

The last time the government sanctioned testing for horsemeat in animal products was in 2003 when equine DNA was found in salami.

The first results of a new series of tests for equine DNA in what the FSA terms “comminuted beef products” – where solid materials are reduced in size by crushing or grinding – will be published on Friday. “We have to be prepared that there will be more bad results coming through,” Paterson said.

He confirmed that the government was open to bringing in the Serious and Organised Crime Agency if, as seems evident, the fraud is on an international scale. He said the Metropolitan police had been asked to investigate the scandal and that the force was liaising with counterparts in other countries. Paterson suggested the scandal was potentially a “worldwide” issue.

“I’m concerned that this is an international criminal conspiracy here and we’ve really got to get to the bottom of it,” he said.

The Labour MP Mary Creagh said she was passing information to police that suggested several British companies were involved in the illegal horsemeat trade. “I hope that this information will enable the police to act speedily to stamp out these criminals who are putting the future of the food industry at risk.”

Concerns about the substitution of horsemeat for beef first emerged in mid-January when supermarket chains withdrew several ranges of burgers. Fears of contamination prompted hundreds of European food companies to conduct DNA checks on their products that resulted in the food giant, Findus, discovering that one of its products, a frozen beef lasagne, contained meat that was almost 100% horse.

It has emerged that Findus conducted three tests on its products on 29 January that suggested there was horsemeat contamination. The revelation has raised questions about why it took several days for the products to be pulled from the shelves.

Findus indicated it was ready to sue as the company announced it would on Monday file a complaint against an unidentified party.

In a statement, the firm said: “Findus is taking legal advice about the grounds for pursuing a case against its suppliers, regarding what they believe is their suppliers’ failure to meet contractual obligations about product integrity. The early results from Findus UK’s internal investigation strongly suggests that the horsemeat contamination in beef lasagne was not accidental.”

Supermarket chain Aldi has confirmed that two of its ready meal ranges produced by Comigel, the French supplier also used by Findus, were found to contain between 30% and 100% horsemeat.

Comigel claims it sourced its meat from Romania, which has been subjected to export restrictions due to the prevalence of the viral disease equine infectious anaemia in the country. Spanghero, the French company that supplied the meat for the Findus beef lasagne, announced it will also sue its Romanian suppliers.

The scandal has raised questions about what happens to the 65,000 horses transported around the EU each year for slaughter. The campaign group World Horse Welfare said thousands of animals suffered as a result of making long journeys across national borders. Partly as a result of welfare concerns, the trade in live horses has fallen dramatically. In 2001, 165,000 horses were shipped across Europe.

The decline in the cross-border trade in live horses has seen an increase in the sale of chilled and frozen horsemeat, much of which goes to Italy. Last year Romania significantly increased its export of frozen horsemeat to the Benelux countries.

Attention is now focusing on eastern Europe, a major supplier of horsemeat to France and Italy. Some of the meat that went into Ireland came from suppliers in Poland, which exports around 25,000 horses for slaughter each year. Industry sources also suggested to the Observer that gangs operating in Russia and the Baltic states were playing a role in the fraudulent meat trade.

Other food companies have, as a result of their investigations, found that their supplies have been contaminated. The FSA confirmed that meat held in cold storage in Northern Ireland has been impounded after it was discovered to contain equine DNA. A London-based company, 3663, found pork in some of the halal meat it supplies the prison service.

Questions are now being asked about meat supplied to a range of public sector organisations, including the NHS. “Every NHS and healthcare organisation will have different local circumstances and it would be for those organisations to satisfy themselves that the food they supply meets the needs of their patients,” said the Department of Health. “Any investigations into the provenance of those supplies would also be done locally.”

British farmers have expressed concerns that the scandal could affect consumer confidence in British beef. “Our members are rightly angry and concerned with the recent developments relating to contaminated processed meat products,” said the National Farmers’ Union president, Peter Kendall. “The contamination took place post farm-gate which farmers have no control over.”