Investigations by country:

05. March 2020

Australia | Horsemeat imports: Interview with informant Kathrin

We are talking to informant Kathrin about her two yearlings that were wrongfully slaughtered at Meramist abattoir.

We meet informant Kathrin (name changed), who wishes to remain anonymous. She tells us the story of how a woman acted as a front to obtain her two yearlings Peach and Archie by deception for a kill buyer.

Due to health problems, Kathrin decided to rehome her yearlings Peach and Archie to a good new home. A woman in Queensland had promised to look…

04. March 2020

Australia | Caboolture, Queensland | Horsemeat imports: Meramist abattoir

Electric shocks to the anus are routine (photo: confidential source).

Our team receives footage and an analysis of an undercover investigation at the Meramist abattoir. Today we meet with an informant who must remain anonymous for safety reasons. Covert cameras recorded the activities at the Meramist abattoir on 22 randomly selected slaughter days over a period of two years. Up to eight cameras documented the passage…

04. March 2020

Australia | New South Wales | Horsemeat imports: Interview with informant Margaret

Informant Margaret explains us the horse vendor declaration form.

In a small town in New South Wales, we meet Margaret, who has been investigating about the slaughter horse trade for a long time. She explains our team members that the current system of traceability for slaughter horses in Australia is unreliable, because it relies exclusively on the honesty of the owners and kill buyers. Margaret has previously…

03. March 2020

Australia | Caboolture, Queensland | Horsemeat imports: Interview with Elio Celotto

Our team is talking to Elio Celotto, Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR), at the entrance of the Meramist slaughterhouse.

Today our team meets Elio Celotto at the entrance of the Meramist abattoir. He is the director of the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR).

We ask Elio about the traceability system for horses in Australia. Elio explains that the only traceable horses are thoroughbred racehorses. Their traceability, however, is only guaranteed from the…

03. March 2020

Australia | Caboolture, Queensland | Horsemeat imports: Meramist abattoir

A sick horse that is unable to walk without kicking his hind legs should have been deemed unfit for transport.

It is our second investigation day at Meramist abattoir. When our team arrives at 6:45 a.m., a truck with horses is already waiting at the unloading ramp. It belongs to kill buyer Les Evans. A leather whip is used to unload the horses. We detect a sick white gelding that cannot walk normally. He should have been deemed unfit for transport according…

02. March 2020

Australia | Caboolture, Queensland | Horsemeat imports: Meramist abattoir

Stressed horses are biting each other inside the trailer.

We observe the Meramist abattoir on the day before the horses are slaughtered. Throughout the day, horses are being delivered. They are crammed together in open cattle trucks, which are inappropriate for the transport of horses. They are stressed, and therefore frequently biting each other. The unloading process at Meramist abattoir is…

02. March 2020

Australia | Burpengary, Queensland | Horse assembly centre of Brian Munro

Our team observes a severely emaciated horse at Munro’s assembly centre..

Kill buyer Brian Munro is the biggest supplier of horses to the Meramist abattoir from Queensland. When we arrive at his assembly centre at 9 a.m., a truck is already parked at the loading ramp. The workers are busy rounding up horses in a paddock behind the buildings. Once the horses are in the pen area, we observe that the workers separate the…

01. March 2020

Australia | Manilla, New South Wales | Horse assembly centre of Les Evans

A trotter with a serious head injury exposing the bone (photo: confidential source).

Today, our team is investigating the assembly centre of kill buyer Les Evans. He is one of the major suppliers of horses to the Meramist abattoir. From the road, we see about 20 horses with slaughter tags in a green paddock in front of the farmhouse. However, the main part of the assembly centre for “slaughter” horses is about 800 meters south of…

28. February 2020

Australia | Echuca, Victoria | Horse auction

The auctioneer, accompanied by several people, walks on a bridge above the horses.

The horse auction in Echuca is where kill buyers purchase their horses. Kill buyer Peter Loffel, whose assembly centres we have been observing in the previous days, also buys horses at this auction. Equipped with hidden cameras, we are going to the auction as a team of three. The auctioneer moves from pen to pen above the horses. His roaring voice…