IRELAND (Mar. 28, 2017) — While Ireland and England are horrified at the thought of eating horses, 1bn people do so all over the world.
Some 6,033 horses were slaughtered for meat in 2015, so last year’s figure is a 25% increase. However, at the height of the recession, in 2011, 24,000 unwanted horses were slaughtered for meat here.
Many thoroughbreds who failed to make it on the racing track ended up in abattoirs at the start of this decade, when the Irish economy began to slide. Most of the carcasses are exported to Europe, where they are eaten as burgers or steaks, or even roasts.
ISPCA chief inspector Conor Dowling said it can be kinder to euthanise an animal humanely rather than leave it open to neglect or abuse.
“We’ve seen so many animals abandoned in bad condition over the past 10 years,” said Mr Dowling. “It is certainly favourable for an animal to be humanely destroyed, or slaughtered for meat or put to sleep by a vet.
“It is a sad situation that this is what is required, because of over-population, but, sometimes, it might be the responsible thing to do.”
Globally, consumption has been on the rise since 1990, with horse meat commonly served in China, Russia, Central Asia, Mexico, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Belgium, and Argentina.
Mr Dowling said sport and race horses are now being slaughtered for food in Ireland. Continue reading at the Irish Examiner »
Never confuse slaughter with euthanasia. Slaughter by definition is a brutal, terrifying death; euthanasia performed correctly is a peaceful and merciful end.
Horse slaughter exists for one reason only — to supply horse meat to people who have an appetite for it. Since horses are very rarely bred for their meat, the horse meat trade is a predatory business threatening the safety of horses all over the world.
Two horses in the Irish countryside. From Secret Ireland website.
IRISH EXAMINER article authored by Lynne Kelleher .