While there is no way to list all of our activities in a newsletter, we did want to highlight a few of our major projects.
Our EU Campaign is Still Going Strong
The year started with the sweeping action that the EU Commission took against horse meat imports from Mexico. The ground-breaking ban, which took effect in March 2015, was implemented after an audit carried out in Mexico by the EU Food and Veterinary Office confirmed what our coalition had communicated to the EU Commission all along. One of the key issues was the inhumane treatment of horses being shipped from the United States to Mexican slaughter plants. We at Animals' Angels are very proud of our coalition's EU Campaign and the impact it had.
In yet one more win for our cause, another major European importer, GVFI International, announced that they will no longer be buying horsemeat from overseas. GVFI received meat from both Bouvry and Viande Richelieu in Canada, so no doubt this will be a substantial loss to both suppliers.
In 2014, the largest Swiss detailer Migros, who was one of Bouvry's biggest customers, terminated all business relationships with the Canadian exporter. The decision to end their contract was made after Migros was once again confronted with horrific images of the Bouvry feedlots provided by Animals' Angels. Now, GVFI International is following in Migros footsteps, and rightfully so.