Red Lion Abbatoir denies fake horse documents scam

3 horses in kill box - Red Lion Abbatoir

3 horses in kill box – Red Lion Abbatoir

An abattoir in Cheshire has denied being linked to a criminal scam to smuggle horses from Ireland to the UK.

A BBC investigation was told that horses with false papers have been sent to the Red Lion abattoir in Nantwich.

The abattoir’s owner said no horse with false paperwork had ever knowingly been slaughtered there.

In a separate investigation, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said it was looking at “inconsistencies with horse passports” at the slaughterhouse.

Speaking to BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme, a man claiming to be part of a criminal gang said he had delivered horses to the abattoir on “multiple occasions” on forged papers.

He said some horses were unfit for human consumption.

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5 comments

  1. Dennis Davey · ·

    Before BILL C322 can be passed it needs to come forward for debate and vote., and that definitely ssems to be a problem FOR DEBATE.

  2. Anne Streeter · ·

    This industry is uncontrolled and uncontrollable!

  3. Donikash · ·

    So much for keeping bute out of the food supply! And with a cortisone chaser!!

  4. jean robertson · ·

    At least the guy was truthful. The governments don’t want to hear the truth but maybe the consumers will.

  5. False paper and cruelty in Europe and Canada alike: “Some of the horses weren’t in the best of condition, but to stimulate and get them up on their feet again you’d give them cortisone and Bute injections.” Absolutely disgusting! The globe horse slaughter industry is disgraceful! Canada must pass Bill C-322!!!

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