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.
June 16, 2015
HSI urged the European Commission to suspend Canadian Horsemeat imports following the Food and Veterinary Office's audit report raising serious concerns about the reliability of controls on horses slaughtered in Canada for export of horsemeat to the EU.
December 8, 2014
The European Commission implemented a conditional ban of the import of horsemeat from Mexico following a series of audits by the Food and Veterinary Office. The audits consistently identified serious problems with the lack of traceability of horses slaughtered for EU export with origins in the United States and Mexico, particularly regarding veterinary medical treatment records.
July 31, 2014
Four years after strict import requirements for products of animal origin entered into force in the European Union, Humane Society International renewed its call to the European Commission to halt the import of horsemeat from outside the EU.
April 4, 2014
HSI/UK responds to an upcoming BBC Countryfile interview featuring Princess Anne making controversial statements regarding England’s badger cull and horsemeat .