Two horses in the Irish countryside. From Secret Ireland website.

7,618 horses killed in Ireland for their meat in 2016

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.

Irish Thoroughbred Mare and Foal. Image by Alicia Frese (c) Flint Gallery.
Irish Thoroughbred Mare and Foal. Image by Alicia Frese (c) Flint Gallery.

Mr Dowling said sport and race horses are now being slaughtered for food in Ireland. Continue reading at the Irish Examiner »

WE SAY

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.

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Two horses in the Irish countryside. From Secret Ireland website.

IRISH EXAMINER article authored by Lynne Kelleher .

 

4 thoughts on “7,618 horses killed in Ireland for their meat in 2016”

  1. “It is certainly favourable for an animal to be humanely destroyed, or slaughtered for meat or put to sleep by a vet”. Not an equal comparison by any means! Comparing being slaughtered for meat to being humanely destroyed or euthanized by a vet???????????? Why do supposedly “knowledgeable” people continue to make that comparison???

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    1. Yes Maggie. How can people utter words like this? Most likely they are meat eaters and trying to justify slaughter in their own minds or on behalf of the industry. That’s my guess anyway.

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  2. Karma will come full circle to those who have appetite for horse meat just as beef has. There is no way that slaughter can ever be equated with euthanasia. Horses like other animals are over bred by humans who want to make a profit.

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