As has been proven just through this recent investigation alone, the welfare of slaughter bound horses is of major concern throughout the slaughter pipeline, not just in the slaughter plant itself. We would like to see these issues play a stronger role in the FVO's audit process.
Of course the pharmaceuticals given to the horses from the U.S. and the lack of any reliable traceability remain of grave concern as well. There are several statements to this effect in the FVO audit, but none more telling than the following:
"There are no official checks to verify the veracity of the EIDs or whether the horses actually match the identifications registered on the EIDs. The information contained in several EIDs checked by the FVO audit team appeared incomplete, unreliable or false. It can therefore not be ensured that horses slaughtered in Canada for export to the EU have not been treated with substances which are not permitted in the EU, in particular hormonal growth promotants."
The findings of the FVO Audit, combined with the fact that there are significant welfare concerns, make it more than clear that the EU should ban the import of Canadian horse meat. Animals' Angels will of course provide our most recent documentation to the EU Commission and continue to strongly urge them to make the only rational decision possible, a complete ban of all Canadian horse meat imports.