Spain’s economic crisis sends 5,000 horses to slaughter

The economic crisis in Spain is sending almost 5,000 horses a month to the slaughterhouse and has increased the number of animals abandoned because their owners can no longer afford to keep them.

The number of horses slaughtered increased by 31 percent in the first four months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, to a total of 19,793, according to official figures.



  1. They over breed all over the world. These countries do the very same thing the ones in the US/Canada do. They are a greedy pack of humans with no care for the horses at all. As long as there is slaughter plants to cull their mistakes and their over breeding habits this will continue to happen world wide.

    1. Marni · ·

      Barbara, you are so right. So the trick is to get our reps to introduce a bill to stop breeding horses for 5 years.

      1. Heather · ·

        Wouldn’t that be wonderful; however, big business, and horse racing and showing is big business, always has a way to influence our government. I wish there was a way we could get a substantial licencing fee attached to breeding to help slow down these greedy organizations!

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