Summary of global horse slaughter and horse meat numbers

MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — Here is a summary of the global horse slaughter and horse meat numbers and statistics published by Jane Allin.

• The horse slaughter and horse meat industry is widespread from a global perspective.

• According to the most recent FAO data from 2013 almost 4.7 million horses were slaughtered worldwide that year with a staggering 1.6 billion lb. of horse meat produced.

• By far the largest producer of horse meat is Asia (49%) followed by the Americas (24%). Similarly the largest number of horses slaughtered can be attributed to Asia (55%) and again followed by the Americas (24%).

• In the case of the Americas keep in mind that although horse slaughter does not, for the most part, occur on U.S. soil, horses do enter the slaughter pipeline and end up at abattoirs in both Mexico and Canada.

• According to the Animal Welfare Institute 102,554 horses were shipped from the U.S. to Mexico for slaughter and 42,102 to Canada in 2013 comprising a total of 144,656.

• By far the largest producer of horse meat is China representing about 27% of the total (~420 million lb.), followed by Kazakhstan (12.5%), Mexico (9.2%), Russia (7.4%) and Mongolia and Argentina both at 4.3% rounding out the top six countries. The top ten horse meat producing countries represent 77% of the total global horse meat production.

• China again tops the list of countries with the most number of horses slaughtered (34% of the total) representing ~ 1.6 million horses on an annual basis. China is followed by Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia and Mongolia which mirrors the horse meat producing country list.

• The top ten countries in terms of horse slaughter numbers (head) make up 80% of the total horses slaughtered globally.

• Horse meat exports on a global basis totaled about 260 million lb. or 16% of the total amount of horse meat produced worldwide. The leading exporting countries were; Belgium (16.8%), Argentina (14.0%), Canada (12.5%), Mexico (12.3%) and Poland (9.5%).

• Horse meat imports were highest in Italy (22.2%), Belgium (21.3%), Russia (14.4%) and France (14.3%) – nations well known to consume horse meat on a regular basis. The top ten importers made up a total of about 93% of all horse meat imported worldwide.

• Exports and imports both represent about 16% of the total horse meat produced in the world which indicates that the greater majority of horse meat produced is consumed within the country of origin.

• Horse slaughter and horse meat trade across the globe is a multi-million dollar industry – exports are estimated to be worth almost a half billion USD ($478,729,000); imports closely mirrors this amount coming in at $491,588,000.


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Top 10 countries ranked by horse meat export and import values

MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — The top 10 countries with the highest horse meat export value are responsible for about 90% of the world’s total value in 1000’s of USD as shown in Table 6 and the accompanying bar chart.

This represents almost a half billion USD ($478,729,000).

Table 6 – Top 10 horse meat export value (1000’s of USD) by country – 2013

Top 10 horse meat export value (1000’s of USD) by country – 2013. Bar Chart.


The top 10 countries with the highest horse meat import value are responsible for about 96% of the world’s total value in 1000’s of USD as shown in Table 7 and the accompanying bar chart. This represents almost a half billion USD ($491,588,000), similar to the value of the global exports.

Table 7 – Top 10 horse meat import value (1000’s of USD) by country – 2013

Table 7 – Top 10 horse meat import value (1000’s of USD) by country – 2013. Bar Chart. Jane Allin.


To be continued with a summary of all the horse slaughter and horse meat statistics and numbers we have published here, provided by Jane Allin.

Top 10 exporters and importers of horse meat worldwide

MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — The top 10 horse meat exporting countries in the world are responsible for about 85% of the world’s total as shown in Table 4 and the accompanying bar chart.

This represents 115,958 tonnes or roughly 256 million pounds. Of the horse meat produced around the globe this about 16% of the total indicating that the greater majority of horse meat produced is consumed within the country of origin.

Table 4 – Top 10 horse meat exports (tonnes) by country – 2013

Top 10 horse meat exports (tonnes) by country – 2013

Top Horse Meat exporters by tonnes 2013 percentage chart.


The top 10 horse meat importing countries in the world are responsible for about 92% of the world’s total as shown in Table 5 and the accompanying bar chart.

This is equivalent to 115,958 tonnes or roughly 246 million pounds.

Of the horse meat produced around the globe this about 16% of the total indicating that the greater majority of horse meat produced is consumed within the country of origin.

Table 5 – Top 10 horse meat imports (tonnes) by country – 2013

Horse Slaughter Horse Meat Imports Table 5. Jane Allin.

Horse Meat Import Numbers Worldwide 2013. Jane Allin.


To be continued with more horse slaughter and horse meat statistics and numbers.

Top 10 horse meat producers and slaughterers of horses in the world

MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — By far the largest producer of horse meat in the world is China, which slaughtered 1,598,600 head in 2013*, yielding a total of 191,832 tonnes of horse meat or 422, 917,166 lb. This represents approximately 26% of the global total.

The top 10 horse meat producing countries in the world comprise 77% of the world’s total as shown in Table 2 and the bar chart below.

Table 2 – Top 10 horse meat producers (2013)

Top 10 horse meat producers (2013).

Top Ten Horse Meat Producers by Quantity Bar Chart.

Top 10 producing animals/slaughtered by country – 2013

Again, China tops the list of countries with the most number of horses slaughtered (1,598,600) representing approximately 34% of the total globally.

The top 10 producing animals/slaughtered by country in the world include about 80% of the world’s total as shown in Table 3 and the accompanying bar chart.

Table 3 – Top 10 producing animals/slaughtered by country – 2013

Top ten producing animals / Global horse meat production. Bar Chart. Jane Allin.


To be continued with horse meat export and import numbers and statistics.

*These are the most recent available numbers produced by the FAO.