Investigations by country:

30. December 2018

Argentina | Buenos Aires, Cordoba | Horsemeat production

A pile of dead horses behind the Lamar slaughterhouse.

In December 2018, two weeks after an audit by the EU-Commission, our team returns to Argentina. At both slaughterhouses Lamar and Land L, new shelters have been installed, particularly for the audit. However, they are too small for the large numbers of horses which are usually kept on the premises. Once again, we see a lot of emaciated, injured,…

04. December 2018

Uruguay | Artigas, Canelones | Horse auction and transport to the slaughterhouse

Auction in Artigas: brutal handling at the entrance of the auction ring.

Our team inspects a horse auction in Artigas, a town in northern Uruguay. The handling of the horses at the entrance of the auction ring is extremely violent. Auction workers hit the frightened animals with sticks and leather whips. All horses go through the sale regardless of their condition. We even see a horse with a broken leg, heavily pregnant…

23. July 2018

Uruguay | Blood farm “Biomega SA” | Blood mares

Gauchos are moving the blood mares to a meadow.

Near the Biomega blood farm, a group of 300 mares is moved by two gauchos on horseback on a stony gravel road. They are on the way to a nearby pasture. The horses’ condition is variable: some look healthy, on first glance, and have an adequate body weight, while others are extremely emaciated. The horses have neglected hooves, some with cracks, and…

23. July 2018

Uruguay | Cerro Largo | Blood farm “Biomega SA” | Blood extraction

A worker is pulling on the tail of the mare to reach the genitals.

The blood extraction starts at 8:15 in the morning. Blood is taken for 6 to 13.5 minutes from the pregnant mares. The handling by the employees is extremely unprofessional and cruel. Different objects are used to force the horses into the restraint boxes: long wooden sticks, short pointed sticks, ropes and rubber strings. The mares are…

27. June 2018

Uruguay | Argentina | Horsemeat production

[Translate to English:] Schlachthof Lamar, Argentinien: Kein Witterungsschutz für die Pferde.

Our follow-up investigation in Argentina and Uruguay in November and December 2017 showed that nothing has changed since our first investigation in 2012. We documented once again the whole production chain: horse collection centres, rodeos, transports and EU-approved slaughterhouses. At all places visited, horses are still systematically mistreated…

25. May 2018

Uruguay | Canelones | Horse slaughterhouses

Broken shelters are provisionally repaired before the audit of the EU-Commission.

Our team observes the slaughterhouses Clay and Sarel in Uruguay before, during and after audits of the EU Commission and of European importers in order to detect any changes. Both plants prepare themselves for the announced audits and thus manipulate their outcome. Broken shelters are provisionally repaired, and horses with serious injuries and…

17. April 2018

Uruguay | Canelones | Horse slaughterhouses

A horse that arrived seriously injured is left unattended at slaughterhouse Clay.

Our team returns to Uruguay in April 2018 in order to see if the conditions at the EU-approved slaughterhouses Clay and Sarel have improved. This is not the case, despite the repeated assurances of the Swiss and EU horsemeat importers. In the slaughterhouse pens, we once again find many injured, weak and emaciated horses, as well as pregnant mares…

04. July 2017

Uruguay | San José | Estancia “La Paloma” | Blood farms for hormone production

[Translate to English:] Sehr dünne Fuchsstute, die neben einer anderen mit ihrem neugeborenen Fohlen steht.

In the afternoon, we drive to the estancia “La Paloma” of blood farmer Roberto Mailhos. We only see very few horses on the pastures next to the access road, where we saw more than 200 horses on our visit last year. Close to the estancia, we observe a mare standing next to her new-born foal that is lying in the grass. Besides them, there is a very…

04. July 2017

Uruguay | Salto | Interview with a former employee | Blood farms for hormone production

[Translate to English:] Im Gespräch mit einem Tierarzt, der Anfang der 80er Jahre in einer Blutfarm gearbeitet hat.



We meet Martin Sanchez (name changed), a veterinarian who worked on a blood farm in the early eighties. The name of the company, which does not exist anymore, was Capo SA. He first worked on their farm in Uruguay and later in Argentina. His duty was to check the condition of the horses and to treat injuries which happened when they fought. He…