Investigations by country:

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…

29. February 2020

Poland | Bodzentyn | Monthly Report February: Cattle & Horse Market

Bodzentyn cattle market. Lately, we have been observing mainly young cattle at the market.

Our team is investigating the cattle market in Bodzentyn. We estimate that there are about 200 animals at the market. They are mainly young animals. Whilst we are taking a photo of a young calf to document the situation on the market, one of the traders starts to verbally attack our team. A few seconds later, we are surrounded by yelling traders.…

29. February 2020

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly report February: Farm Animal Service

Sarniec Zwola. Our team is trimming the claws of a limping cow.

This month our Farm Animal Service (FAS) team starts their work on a farm in Siekierno. We are visiting this place for the first time. This small farm belongs to young farmer. He keeps two young horses and three cows. The animals are kept boxes and outside on paddocks. The owner agrees with the rules and guidelines of our ATET programme and signs…

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…