Migros had in fact been monitoring Bouvry Exports very closely ever since AA's 2012 exposure of substandard conditions & horses in severe distress at the company's Canadian feedlots. This latest series of graphic pictures provided by AA and TSB was the "straw that broke the camel's back" as far as Migros was concerned and they immediately ended their association with Bouvry.
Now, GVFI International is following in Migros footsteps and rightfully so. GVFI was a major player in the international trade of horsemeat and was supplied by Equinox BE (Lamar - Argentina), S.N.V.C./Groupe Harinordoquy FR (Clay - Uruguay), Bouvry (Canada), Viande Richelieu (Canada), and perhaps others.
This decision was long overdue, since GVFI was well aware of the grave problems in the horse slaughter industry as of the very first expose aired on Swiss TV in 2013. However, the horse meat giant previously tried to use their significant influence to bring conditions up to EU standards. However, now the company has realized that, as has been reported by Animals' Angels and Tierschutzbund Zuerich (TSB) over and over again, meat traceability simply cannot be guaranteed with the systems currently in place in Mexico, Canada, Uruguay and Argentina, and therefore decided to instead end imports from these countries altogether.