From France – An important documentary on horsemeat

French journalists, Loïc Tanant, Sébastien Lafargue and Félix Briaud released the following report on the French television Envoyé Spécial (uploaded to YouTube on June 20), following the horsemeat scandal that has rocked Europe since January.  In this report, they discover a new scandal –  the drug issue in horsemeat and the fallibility of the protocols in place for drug traceability.

The journalists’ journey takes them from producers in France where meat is obtained domestically as well as from horse slaughter plants Canada.

In an effort to fully understand how Canadian horsemeat  imported into France is sourced, their journey takes them to Canada to slaughter houses Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation, Viande Richelieu slaughterhouse in Massueville, Quebec, the United States and the notorious kill auction, Sugarcreek Livestock Auction in Ohio and to the offices of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)  – where they were denied an interview.

We’re pleased that this report contains footage provided by the CHDC as well as correspondence between the CHDC and the CFIA, focusing on the fact that only .42% of horsemeat is tested.

This documentary is in French but the gist of it is not hard to understand.


  1. Suzanne Moore · ·

    Please! Someone translate this into English! Everyone here needs to see this and fully understand what’s happening. The pro-slaughter advocates deny all of this stuff, and so do the regulatory agencies.

  2. jean robertson · ·

    Not surprising that the CFIA would not do an interview. Better to keep their mouth shut than put their foot in it. A few years ago a local farmer was selling breeding stock sheep to the U.S. They had to be inspected before shipping. The CFIA didn’t have a sheep inspector available so they send a bee inspector instead. The bee inspector admitted he knew nothing about sheep but said all that was necessary was a government signature. So much for government inspections!

  3. The CFIA building sure looks like a giant cement stock trailer. How appropriate.

  4. Allison · ·

    This is exactly the kind of thing we need. If the demand for horse meat drops horse slaughter will have to decrease too!

    1. Debbie · ·

      This has GOT to be really pushed some how, it is the truth and ALL need to know, THIS could have a BIG IMPACT,, THANK YOU great work indeed….. 🙂

  5. Debbie · ·

    Please, yes put this in English, AND NO ONE in US certainly and Mexico and Canada say’s they do, but they don’,t all of these country’s have NO TESTS… Your country France is getting tainted MEAT…. OMG will this never end, The US has lost it’s marbles and I believe they have made there way all the way down to hell…. HOW can US open up slaughter plants KNOWING they do not test all the meat far from it just like Canada, right??? Country’s need to BAN IT NOW>>>>>>>>>>>>

    1. Suzanne Moore · ·

      Of course, NO ONE should be eating this meat! 80% of Americans are totally opposed to horse slaughter and we who own horses have tried to explain about the majority of horse products in this country are positively NOT to be given to horses that are going to be slaughtered for food, but so many of our horses are acquired by kill buyers who don’t know or care where they come from or what they’ve been given. And the authorities have always looked the other way. They still do. Horrific cruelty, adulterated meat, no one cares.

      I was in Texas when there were two horse slaughter plants there – Chevidico owned the nearest one, in Kaufman, about 30 miles from me. The horse theft situation was so bad that the State of Texas tried to implement some programs to help horse owners protect their horses, but nothing worked. Thieves came into the boarding stable where I kept my horse and took the horse in the next stall, one across the barn aisle and another down a few stalls. I was just luck that they took those horses and not mine. It was a large barn, and they just couldn’t take them all. This was in 1991, but I will NEVER forget the shock and terror we all felt.

      We searched for the horses for weeks, but the fact is they were probably slaughtered before anyone even knew they were gone. That’s how it worked. The thieves would come in and want to go to the immediate slaughter. Everyone at the plant know the horses were probably stolen, but no questions were ever asked. Even a brand didn’t make any difference. I assure you, NONE of these horses were “intended” for food purposes.

  6. Theresa Nolet · ·

    We need someone to translate this into english subtitles so that we can truly appreciate this documentary.

  7. Barbara Griffith · ·

    The drug contamination of horse meat from Canada via the US may cause most of the EU countries to ban horse meat from Canada hopefully Mexico would be included because they don’t check for drugs either.

    1. Suzanne Moore · ·

      Canada and Mexico are supposed to have implemented a traceability system comparable to the passport system by the 31st too. They did send in plans for EU approval – we didn’t even do that – but they have NOT implemented them yet and time really IS running out.

  8. Congrats CHDC! I wonder why CFIA wouldn’t talk to them…HA!

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