As those in the horse advocacy world are aware, effective January 15, 2015, the European Union banned all imports of horse meat from Mexico. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation regarding the number of horses shipped to Mexico and the price currently paid to the kill buyer for a pound of horse meat.
Weekly reports of slaughter horse exports to Mexico published by USDA Market News Service show that as of November 5, 2015, 70,564 slaughter horses were shipped. In 2014, 88,670 slaughter horses were shipped in the same timeframe according to the same source, which is a decrease of 18,106 horses.
While this is excellent news for our horses, we at Animals' Angels wanted to know exactly how these numbers are obtained and just how reliable these figures really are.
As for the amount supposedly being paid per pound, the kill buyers themselves have been spreading rumors aboutdrastically increased prices, quoting figures between 0.80 cents a pound to 1.00 dollar pound in an attempt to justify the exorbitantly high prices for the horses sold via their broker programs.