Numerous NGO investigations carried out since 2010 in horsemeat producing countries of North and South America and in Australia revealed non-compliance with applicable EU requirements regarding animal welfare and traceability. Horses are systematically neglected and mistreated; animals of unknown origin, and even stolen horses, are slaughtered for export to the European Union.
The EU has already suspended horsemeat imports from Mexico and Brazil, following audits carried out by the European Commission. Repeated EU audits in other exporting countries have identified very similar animal welfare and food safety issues as in Mexico and Brazil. It is time for the European Commission to impose the same measure against all countries that do not fulfil its import conditions. A petition on change.org is currently calling for this.
The online event will be held on Monday 8th March, from 14:00 to 15:00, and will provide insight into NGO investigations to discuss opportunities on how to support the efforts of NGOs. Representatives of the Animal Welfare Foundation, Animals’ Angels Inc. and the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses will present the key issues related to the production process in the main exporting countries, while Eurogroup for Animals will present its recently launched report From Stable to Fork: EU Horse Meat Imports presenting its calls to the European Commission.
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