16×9 investigation: Canada’s horse slaughter industry under fire
What goes on in Canada also happens in Mexico, only twice as bad. It almost happened again in the United States. No true inspections, forged reports, lies, and a lot of blood – all to deliver tainted and often poison horsemeat to Europe. ~ HfH
From: Global News Canada
By: Brennan Leffler, Megan Rowney and Sean O’Shea
Canada’s food safety system has been under fire ever since a listeriosis outbreak that killed 23 people in 2008 and an E. coli contamination in 2012 that led to the largest meat recall in Canadian history.
In January, those incidents and others led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to give Canada its lowest grade for meat-exporting countries.
But in the shadow of those well-publicized scandals, critics are questioning the safety and oversight of another, lesser-known Canadian export: horse meat.
“When they’re born, nobody is breeding these horses thinking that at the end of the day they’re going to head to slaughter,” says Mindy Lovell.
Lovell has spent all her life around horses. These days, she spends much of her time rescuing them from Canada’s slaughter pipeline. Canada has one of the largest horse slaughter industries in the world, slaughtering between 70,000 and 115,000 horses every year for the last six years.
But Lovell says most of those horses are contaminated with veterinary drugs, many of which are banned by Health Canada for human consumption.
“99.99 per cent of all horses, donkeys, mules, whatever, have been on these substances at some point in their life,” she says. “It is such a common knowledge, I mean, you can’t even plead ignorance.”