Belgian horses tagged for slaughter for human consumption await export from Canada. Google image.

Horses are still being shipped live from Canada to Japan to make specialty sashimi

CANADA (Horse Slaughter) — The Dodo reports that horses are still being shipped live from Canada to Japan to make specialty sashimi.

Almost every week — from Edmonton and Calgary airports in Alberta and the Winnipeg airport in Manitoba — unwanted horses are packed into crates and flown across the ocean. They land in Japan, one of the leading importers of horsemeat; 6.5 million pounds of horsemeat were imported by the country in 2016 alone.

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition image.
Horses loaded and waiting on the tarmac in Canada for live transport to Japan for slaughter for human consumption. Canadian Horse Defence Coalition image.

But the live horses exported to Japan are used for something very specific: a kind of specialty sashimi called basashi.

An example of raw, sliced horse meat, served in Japan called Basashi.
An example of raw, sliced horse meat, served in Japan called Basashi.

“The meat needs to be consumed within three days after being slaughtered in order to be eaten as sushi,” Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for Humane Society International, told The Dodo.

Not only that, oils harvested from the horses’ bodies are also used in beauty products.

American horses are routinely shipped north just to enter the slaughter pipeline.

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Belgian horses tagged for slaughter await shipment. Unattributed Google search result.

Updated 4/27/17 4:07 pm correcting replacing sushi with sashimi except in quoted text. Sashimi is typically made with fish but is also made with raw meat. See “Kinds of sashimi not made with fish“.

99 thoughts on “Horses are still being shipped live from Canada to Japan to make specialty sashimi”

  1. This shipping of these gorgeous Belgium horses in crates to Japan for some ridiculous made up delicacy needs to be banned altogether. Japan needs to get with the times and stop allowing this to happen. We need to boycott Japanese products .


    1. We do understand your sentiments Vicki. Sorry to say however when searching for images of basashi, we found many were by Americans visiting Japan who commented on how delicious raw horse meat was.

      People will eat anything it seems, no matter where they are from.

      Why is there so much sickness in the world? Eating like this. It is simple bloodlust in our opinion.


  2. Is there nothing these people won’t eat. No cruelty they won’t inflict so they can stuff their faces. Vile people.


  3. We need to treat these animals with respect. How disgusting that they’re shipped off to a country to be slaughtered. We treat them as objects when they’re living beings.


  4. Did these people have any idea how many chemicals there are and horsemeat. The medicines they give horses cause cancer to humans.


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