Inhumane slaughter of horses ‘does not happen in Ireland’

Department of Agriculture officials comment on BBC documentary at Dáil committee by HARRY MCGEE | Irish Times | 21 hrs ago The alleged inhumane practices surrounding the slaughter of horses in the UK – including many hundreds of Irish racehorses – contained in a BBC documentary would never happen in Ireland, the Department of Agriculture,… Continue reading Inhumane slaughter of horses ‘does not happen in Ireland’

Racing’s leaders to meet on Tuesday in wake of Panorama investigation

Jim Crowley and Enbihaar leading the race at Goodwood ALAN CROWHURST/GETTY IMAGES.

British racing's ruling authority has called for a meeting with industry leaders in Britain and Ireland to tackle the issues raised in a BBC Panorama programme, named The Dark Side of Horseracing, broadcast on Monday night. The 30-minute documentary investigated deaths of racehorses after the end of their racing careers and alleged detrimental welfare standards… Continue reading Racing’s leaders to meet on Tuesday in wake of Panorama investigation

Thousands of ex-racehorses being sent to abattoirs, BBC investigation claims

Panorama programme to be broadcast on Monday nightAnimal rights group planted cameras in slaughterhouse THE GUARDIAN / 19th July 2021 An investigation for BBC1’s Panorama, to be broadcast on Monday evening, will claim that “thousands” of ex-racehorses – “most, but not all” of which were previously in training in Ireland – are being sent for… Continue reading Thousands of ex-racehorses being sent to abattoirs, BBC investigation claims

Horse Racing Ireland decline to comment on upcoming Panorama programme

Irish Times / Brian O'Connor Reporting / 13 Jul 2021 Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has declined to comment ahead of a BBC Panorama programme next Monday which examines what happens to racehorses after their racing careers are finished. The programme, with a title ‘The Dark Side of Horse Racing’ is set to be broadcast at… Continue reading Horse Racing Ireland decline to comment on upcoming Panorama programme

Gotcha — Posing on dead racehorses

Just when you think you have heard it all . . . just how little racing values the horses they use and throw away, then there is this story. Ben Church reporting for CNN writes: The horse racing industry is facing renewed scrutiny over animal welfare after footage emerged showing an amateur jockey jumping onto the back… Continue reading Gotcha — Posing on dead racehorses

Five crime gang arrests over unfit horse meat entering food chain

Horses nuzzle in Ireland.

Gardaí believe some animals have effectively been smuggled into the food chain THE IRISH TIMES by Connor Lang (2 Jul 20) — Gardai have arrested five people as part of a lengthy investigation into horse meat unfit for human consumption entering the food chain by manipulation of safety measures. The five were held on suspicion… Continue reading Five crime gang arrests over unfit horse meat entering food chain

Happy St Patrick’s Day

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

In celebration of St Patrick's Day, here is a parade of horses of Ireland. Wild horses of Ireland. A friendly but shy horse in a rocky pasture close to the beach and the wild Atlantic, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland Trio of Irish horses. Wild horses grazing in a meadow beneath the falls, Ireland. Connemara horse.… Continue reading Happy St Patrick’s Day

Bizarre horse-drawn car(riage) in Ballyfermot sparks ire

This image of a bizarre horse-drawn "carriage" made up of a rusted out car pulled by a small horse has put the "ire" in Ireland for some folks. The Irish Sun reports: The image was shared by Sean Fox on Facebook and his post has exploded with reactions from viewers, some of who were in… Continue reading Bizarre horse-drawn car(riage) in Ballyfermot sparks ire

Horse meat trial shines light on key part of international fraud

The Guardian| Felicity Lawrence | July 26, 2017 | Full Article The conviction of three men in London for conspiracy to defraud by selling horse mislabelled as beef marks the end of the UK police operation to identify the criminals in its jurisdiction behind the horsemeat scandal of 2013. Operation Boldo, run by the City of London… Continue reading Horse meat trial shines light on key part of international fraud

Ireland and China agree deal to allow direct export of horses

IRELAND (Horse Racing) — Chinese plans to develop racing and breeding industry is ‘good news’ for sector in Ireland declares The Irish Times, who interestingly filed this article in its "agribusiness and food" section. The Republic and China have agreed a deal that will allow direct export of horses from here [Ireland] to the world’s… Continue reading Ireland and China agree deal to allow direct export of horses