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Due to their sensitive nature and flight response, there is no humane way to slaughter horses for food. People are often horrified to learn that all kinds of horses meet this fate: unsuccessful racehorses, lame or ill horses, pets, and foals who are "byproducts" of production of the hormone replacement therapy drug Premarin.

Instead of being shipped to slaughter, horses should be re-homed, sent to sanctuary or humanely euthanized by a veterinarian. Join our campaign to end the cruelty.


  • February 21, 2017

    Unauthorised drug found in Canadian horsemeat

    Belgium has notified the European Commission that authorities found oxyphenylbutazone, which is a banned substance in food-producing animals in the EU, in chilled horsemeat from Canada. The substance is widely administered to horses, particularly in the United States.

  • January 18, 2017

    Banned substance found in Brazilian horsemeat

    The recent discovery of naproxen in Brazilian horsemeat has led HSI/Europe to sound the alarm bell about the safety of horsemeat imports from outside the European Union. This substance, which is prohibited for use in food animals, was identified in horse meat shipped from Brazil to Belgium.

  • September 20, 2016

    Humane Society International/Europe raises horse welfare concerns in new EU horsemeat import rules

    The European Commission is set to adopt long-awaited requirements to more strictly regulate horsemeat imports from non-EU countries. HSI/Europe says that whilst tackling the issue of traceability of horsemeat is important, the new rules risk compromising horse welfare by potentially keeping large numbers of horses on feedlots for long periods of time.

  • June 24, 2016

    Beef burgers sold by Montreal supplier found to contain horsemeat

    A report by a Quebec media outlet revealed that burgers represented and sold as “beef” by Montreal-based butcher shop La Maison du Rôti actually contained up to 46 percent horsemeat, and traces of other meats as well.

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