Ireland – Horse smuggler talks about drugging animals before illegal slaughter

From: thejournal.ie

THE HORSEMEAT SCANDAL continues to grow legs with fresh revelations that a smuggling conspiracy has been running for years across Ireland and the UK.

BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme uncovered details about the criminal activity and reporter Jennifer O’Leary spoke with one man who claimed to be involved in a gang.

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4 comments

  1. Barbara Griffith · ·

    What you are describing Marie is exactly what the U.S. has allowed for decades. At one point before the US plants were shut down the USDA, the US Department of Agriculture, changed their method of testing for Bute. It didn’t take them long to switch back to the old method that never had shown up Bute. The reason was that with the new testing method most of the samples were shown to be contaminated with phenylbutazone or bute. So the US was knowingly sending this dangerously contaminated horse meat to consumers in Europe. The USDA was more interested in saving the asses of the breeders than they were in possibly saving the lives of the consumers or their children in Europe that bought this meat. Now Canada and Mexico are doing the dirty work. But US horses were sent to Canada and Mexico even before the US plants were shut down.

  2. lindabadham · ·

    JESUS CHRIST CAN THIS VILE BUISNESS GET ANY WORSE ??? SOMETHING MUST BE DONE TO END THIS DISGRACEFUL DECEITFUL CRUEL UNDERHANDED TRADE !!!

  3. jean robertson · ·

    It’s a sorry business when bogus micro chips can be used. The picture idea is a good idea if anyone was really interested. Don’t eat meat unless you grow it yourself or know the person who did. Same goes for processed food as long as its profitable no one cares what goes into it.. .

  4. “What is being proposed is a band-aid so the Department can look like it is doing something.” Sound familiar. Sounds like our Canadian Food Inspection Agency and our Minister of Agriculture Ritz. Canada is part of this disgraceful global industry. “We have the EID’s in place so all is well” ya right Canada. Canada has been caught allowing banned substances into the human food chain and they do nothing, all is well, right?
    I feel that Equine Canada, our provincial federations and associations, the horseracing industry, the horse auctions, the kill buyers, and the individual people that send their horses to slaughter all know the system is full of fraud and all know that Canada’s horse slaughter industry is filled with cruelty and misleading information and criminal activity, yet they remain quiet. A country is only as strong as its weakest link – the above mentioned are our horses weakest links – they are part of this criminal activity – they should be ashamed!!

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