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24. December 2016

Argentina | Mercedes | Slaughterhouse Lamar | Horsemeat import

[Translate to English:] Eine dünne tragende Stute mit gefülltem Euter wird vom Futterplatz vertrieben.

We return to the Lamar slaughterhouse at 14:00. It is again a hot and sunny day with a temperature of 29°C and the large majority of the horses are standing under the blazing sun. The pen area which is partly covered by a fabric roof is full to the bursting point, with only a few horses finding space in the shade.

Today there are about 100 horses…

23. December 2016

Argentina | Mercedes | Slaughterhouse Lamar | Horsemeat import

[Translate to English:] Ein Pferd wird vom Futterplatz vertrieben.

When we return to the Lamar slaughterhouse at 12:00, the temperature has climbed up to 30°C. Today is the first time that a sufficient amount of feed is available. There are two straw bales in each of the large paddocks. However, weak and submissive horses are chased away by dominant ones and remain hungry. The straw should have been distributed in…

22. December 2016

Argentina | Mercedes | Slaughterhouse Lamar | Horsemeat import

[Translate to English:] Der starke Wasserstrahl wird direkt auf das Gesicht der Pferde gerichtet.

When we arrive at the Lamar slaughterhouse at 17:00, an employee is busy hosing down horses with water in the lairage area. It is a different employee than the one we observed last time and he sprays the horses even more on the head and in the face than the other employee. The horses are very nervous, some look frightened. There is a lot of…

21. December 2016

Argentina | Gualeguay | Slaughterhouse Entre Rios | Horsemeat import

[Translate to English:] Pferde werden beim Schlachthof angeliefert – in einem typischen Transporter ohne Dach.

When we arrive at the slaughterhouse Entre Rios at 7:50, the holding pens in the lairage area and the large paddocks in the back of the plant are empty. During our visit last year, we saw some dilapidated shelters with partially ripped fabric-roofs in the paddocks. These run-down shelters are all gone and the large paddocks offer no more weather…

20. December 2016

Argentina | Mercedes | Slaughterhouse Lamar | Horsemeat import

[Translate to English:] Das neugeborene Fohlen hat weder Stroh noch Schatten zur Verfügung.

When we arrive at the Lamar slaughterhouse at 9:30, we immediately realize that most horses have been slaughtered during the night or in the early morning. Slaughtering is still going on. Employees are observed moving horses from the pens in the lairage area to the entrance of the stunning chute. They hit the horses on their head in order to force…

19. December 2016

Argentina | Mercedes | Slaughterhouse Lamar | Horsemeat import

[Translate to English:] Ein abgemagertes, geschwächtes Pferd liegt auf dem staubigen Boden.

We arrive at the slaughterhouse Lamar in the early afternoon. It is a very hot day with temperatures climbing up to 30°C. We are surprised to see that the large paddocks behind the buildings, which were empty and completely overgrown with plants on our last visit in April 2015, are now full of horses. There are approximately 300 horses. Like in the…

16. April 2015

Argentina | Ayacucho | Farm of Syntex | Blood farms for hormone production

[Translate to English:] Eine Stute versucht in Panik, aus der Fixierbox zu springen.

A camera installed inside the lairage area of Syntex has recorded five hours of the blood drawing process, from 8:00 to 13:00. The video footage shows that the blood is taken from the mares during 10 minutes. Approx. 8 to 10 litres of blood can be taken in 10 minutes. When the extraction is finished, the workers pull out the drain tube forcefully…

15. April 2015

Argentina | Ayacucho | Farm of Syntex | Blood farms for hormone production

[Translate to English:] Einzelboxen, in denen die Stuten für die Blutentnahme fixiert werden.

When we arrive at the Syntex farm at 21:30, it is already pitch-black. There are a lot of lights on, but all is quiet. The lairage area, where the blood is taken from the mares, is empty. There are approx. 14 individual stalls made of wood and alleys leading up to them. In the covered passageway between the stalls and the office/laboratory…