Horse meat goes on sale in Western Australia

Horse meat goes on sale in Western Australia, marketed as a delicacy.  However, almost all Australian horse meat will be exported overseas for human consumption. Horse meat is eaten in France, Belgium and other European countries, among others.
Horse meat goes on sale in Western Australia, marketed as a delicacy. However, almost all Australian horse meat will be exported overseas for human consumption. Horse meat is eaten in France, Belgium and other European countries, among others.

Horse meat has gone on the menu in Western Australia as a gourmet food, with a butcher urging meat lovers to end their aversion to dining on it.

Vince Gareffa of Mondi Di Carne gourmet butchers is believed to be the first butcher to begin selling horse meat for human consumption in Australia.

After being granted a licence by the WA Minister for Agriculture and Food Terry Redman, Mr Gareffa opened his Perth shop on Tuesday with fresh horse meat for sale.

Although he said “mentally I find it quite a hurdle”, the butcher urged Australians to open their minds, declaring the product is no different from the meat of other animals slaughtered for consumption.

“We’ve got so many horses running in the wild, and we kill camels, we kill kangaroos, we kill emus,” Mr Gareffa told AAP.

“There’s no way in the world it’s any different. It just does happens to be more emotional. (As pet) dogs become an emotional thing, horses are an emotional thing.

“But the cows, the sheep, the pigs, the chickens are sick of it. They’re sick of the racism against certain breeds of animal.”

In approving the slaughter of horses for human consumption in Australia, Mr Redman attached strict conditions including the presence of a WA Meat Industry Authority inspector during processing.

According to the federal department of agriculture, between 30,000 and 40,000 horses are slaughtered every year for pet food and human consumption overseas. A reportedly 7 out of 10 horses butchered for their meat in Australia are racehorses.

In a letter by animal advocate Chantal Buslot of Belgium, she states:

Does Australia need to add horses to our plate? There is already a long list of animals that are exploited for their meat, and to add horses to this list for Australian consumption is immoral.

One of the major suppliers of horses for human consumption is the racing industry which breeds approx 30,000 horses each year. Approx 70% of these horses are simply not “good enough” and will be discarded without running a single race.

If Western Australia is to please minority groups; those Europeans who have a taste for horse flesh, will WA take the next step and cater for Asian cultures? Will the WA Government permit the slaughter of cats and dogs for their flesh? What is the difference between eating one pet and eating another? Horses are of course pets to many Australians.

Furthermore, you are all well aware of the toxicity of horse meat, poisoned with phenylbutazone, a banned substance in accordance with the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act as described via other country parameters. Tainting the food supply with such toxins is not only negligent, but it is also immoral. It is also important to recognize that European markets are increasingly rejecting horse meat from Western countries where horses are routinely treated with such prohibited substances, and Australia will be a known target of such disapproval as well.

Contact the Australian government with your opposition at the email addresses below.

  2. wa-government@
  4. Minister.Castrilli@
  6. eric.ripper@

Sources: Sydney Morning Herald, HorseSlaughterEurope

8 thoughts on “Horse meat goes on sale in Western Australia”

  1. It is sad how much the anti-horse movement has become. The poor brumbies are victims of aerial shooting & now are seen as food. Please if you can support the organization ( savethebrumbies).


  2. I understand some religious affiliations here in the United States condone the consumption of horse meat.


    1. Interesting Janet. I have not heard any religion condone it, or speak against it. That isn’t one of those Sue Wallis lies is it? (smile)





  4. By the way, Belgians, home of the EU, own nearly all of the major equine slaughter facilities all over the world. This is no coincidence. In my opinion, the EU directives set forth on July 31, 2010, to safeguard against contaminated horsemeat exports is absurd, since the fox owns the henhouse.

    You are what you eat.

    Please do not eat animals.


  5. Racehorses…and maybe brumbies? Don’t forget they are rounding up and getting rid of their wild horses too. It is sickening, the rapaciousness of human beings and particularly the Asian market who will eat almost anything, some of it while still alive or just barely dead. We are killing our planet for fuel and food and seem to have the ability to make eating anything okay…if there is a market for it. If horses are on the menu…will we indeed find cats and dogs used as they are in China and other Asian countries. God forbid. I find myself sickened more and more by those who eat our feeling, loving, intelligent, sentient fellow creatures…but mostly by the fact that the slaughter of animals is not humane (in most instances)…maybe I can never stop the eating of meat..but, as we have seen so graphically lately with horses, we know the cruelty and inhumanity of animal slaughter…before we add more species to the dinner plate…could we at least make the deaths of those already there less horrific? The butchers comment that the pigs and chickens are ” sick of the racism against certain breeds of animals” is rather ironic, in that he ascribes both thought and feeling to the animals he eats. It is one of the more stupid arguments for eating a horse I have ever heard. I am very upset by this news and will certainly be contacting all the available people on the list, and anyone else I can think of. I hope everyone will do the same.


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