This past July 4, Animals' Angels and our international animal welfare coalition partners, Tierschutzbund Zurich (Switzerland) and Global Action in the Interest of Animals (Belgium), met with the EU Commission to discuss the issues surrounding horse meat imports from the Americas.
In the meeting we presented the findings of our comprehensive investigations in Canada, Mexico and the United States which outlined the abuse and torture that defines the horse slaughter industry. We also showed the complete lack of reliable traceability as to where horses caught in the pipeline come from and demonstrated that the so-called "kill buyer affidavits" were often fraudulent. Since the July meeting we have continued to provide the EU Commission with the most reliable information available. On Dec. 10, the Commission's decision to ban all horse meat imports from Mexico was published in the Official Journal. The ban will go into effect on March 1, but all horse meat will have to be dispatched to the Union prior to today, Jan. 15.