UPDATE – EU suspends Mexican horsemeat imports

December 9, 2014

This announcement may have been a bit premature.  According to a source in Europe

“……as it needs to be approved by a standing committee of the Commission, which wasn’t due to meet yesterday. In fact, the relevant committee (the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health), or the configuration that relates to import conditions, isn’t due to meet again until January. However, any such decisions should be published in the Official Journal.”

It appears that Mexico can, for the moment, continue to export to the EU.

We will keep you posted as developments occur.


From HSI:

crueltyThe European Commission has implemented a conditional ban of the import of horsemeat from Mexico following a series of audits by the Food and Veterinary Office. The audits consistently identified serious problems with the lack of traceability of horses slaughtered for EU export with origins in the United States and Mexico, particularly regarding veterinary medical treatment records.

Please continue reading this exciting development here.


  1. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/89190/spending-bill-maintains-horse-slaughter-ban?&utm_source=DailyNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20141216

    Spending Bill Maintains Horse Slaughter Ban

    By Blood-Horse Staff December 15, 2014 2:55 PM

    Several provisions that impact the horse industry, including maintaining a ban on horse slaughter, were included in the omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress Dec. 13.

    The bill is a package that includes parts of the fiscal year 2015 appropriations bills and will fund most government agencies and programs until the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30, 2015.

    The legislation includes language that prohibits the United States Department of Agriculture from using any funds to provide inspectors at meat processing facilities that slaughter horses, continuing a block that has been in effect since 2005, except for a brief period in 2012-13.

    No horse slaughter facilities are operating in the U.S. and the bill would effectively prevent any such facility from opening until Sept. 30, 2015.

    The language was included in the omnibus bill because both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees adopted amendments that prohibited funding for inspectors at horse slaughter facilities when they debated and approved their respective versions of the 2015 USDA appropriations bill.

    The omnibus bill also includes:

    —A requirement that the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers withdraw the interpretive rule regarding Clear Water Act exemptions for agricultural discharges of dredge and fill materials into “waters of the U.S.”, and prohibits requiring a permit for dredge and fill material. The American Horse Council opposed the interpretive rule because it could place new constraints on horse farms and ranches. The interpretive ruling limited the exemption for agricultural discharges of dredge and fill materials to 56 specified conservation practices. Previously, it was understood that the exemption applied to all “normal farming, silviculture and ranching activities, such as plowing, seeding, cultivating, minor drainage, harvesting for the production of food, fiber, and forest products, or upland soil and water conservation practices.”

    —A provision that would prohibit the Bureau of Land Management from euthanizing healthy wild horses in its care or from selling wild horses or burros that result in their being processed into commercial products.

    —A $871.3 million appropriation for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which is the USDA agency responsible for protecting the U.S. equine industry and responding to contagious equine disease outbreaks. Funding for equine, cervid, and small rumiant health is set at $19.5 million, the same as in 2014.

    —Extension of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. FLREA is the authorizing legislation that allows the federal land management agencies to charge fees, but also limits when fees can be charged and how those fees are used. Services and facilities for which no fee can be charged include pass-through travel by horseback riding and sites with horse camp units designed primarily to accommodate stock and overnight use.

    1. This is great news! I still am concerned that our Wild Horses and domestic horses are going to end up in Mexico because selling them to the EU is not the only use they have for our Horses. I can never fully relax… Please sign the Petition to end the disgusting Gorings of Horses in Mexico. Thanks.

  2. Here is the link to a Petition to stop the gorings of Horses by Bulls in Mexico:


    This is a worldwide Petition and it may not look familiar but the Avaaz is in France, I think. The get results so please sign and share.

  3. judye822 · ·

    I have read comments from a VERY trusted source that our happy dance may be premature….
    I’m still waiting to exhale………..

    1. It is premature because the killer buyers will still send them there if not for food for export to the European Union or the United States or Canada, but they have other uses for horses. That includes entertainment by Bulls trained to Gore frightened horses in a small arena where families gather to watch this blood fest.

      Somebody posted that the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was signed by President Clinton in the 1990’s can be Amended. NOBODY IS GOING TO AMEND THE NAFTA AND ANYONE WHO SAYS IT CAN BE DONE IS CLEARLY NOT FROM THE UNITED STATES. Our Politicians are beyond contempt and our Supreme Court has systematically reversed important Statues by deciding Corporations are People and that it is okay to LIE in Political Advertising. An Amendment to remove the ‘Lifetime Appointments’ of the Justices is one that should be pursued.

      We are to blame too! A discharge Petition is never created or even requested for the House. A Cloture is never call for in the Senate.

      We are at the end of the 113th Congress and I have been at this since the 107th. That is a long time but I do believe we will find a way to pick up in January with new bills and aggressive pressure of Politicians such as Senator Mitch McConnell who is the ONLY SENATOR HOLDING THAT SAFE ACT! What kind of human being believes it is okay to deliberately hurt a horse so it lifts its front feet higher? Hackney Ponies are sored as well. That man is like our foe Bob Goodlatte who hates Wild Horses specifically and horses and their cousins generally.

      Get ready for a new round.

  4. kmarker · ·

    Russia also imports live horses; live horses are sent to Japan.

    1. That is correct, horses are flown out of Seattle, WA to Japan where they are often fattened such as Geese and Ducks are for Foie Gras. The Japanese custom of eating Horse Sushi is done by Japanese Men only. Peta has discovered they now use a Captive Bolt Pistol rather than their formerly used method which was death by 10,000 cuts with a Razor Blade. Foals are eaten at a premium price.

      I know this is true as my ex husband (he is not Japanese, he is American) worked there for years as he speaks the Language fluently and can read and write all the Kanji characters. Japanese are crazy about American Culture and we do NOT give them anything to be proud of, especially when it comes to Animal Welfare.

      They do not eat dogs or cats as many countries in Asia do, but they have that brutal Dolphin Slaughter every year and it is winding down for this year. They violate International Law constantly by hunting and killing Whales. They cut the fins off sharks as they believe that the fins have medicinal benefits. All in all the Japanese are Lawbreakers of International scale.

  5. Although this seems encouraging, Slaughter is NOT the only thing that horses are used for in Mexico. Bulls are trained to Gore frightened horses and eviscerate them and the horses lay dying with their intestines pulled out of their bodies. This is a form of ‘family entertainment’ and seeing how the Mexicans love their Blood Sports they will still want US Horses to quench the demand for this sick form of entertainment.

    The President of Mexico is aware of this but he does not care because it only happens in a small area of the Country. That ‘small area’ is no longer so small and they will always have a desire for US horses and ponies, mules and donkeys.

    We must be realistic, the only way to protect our animals is to pass Legislation regulating breeding of ALL non food Animals including Dogs and Cats as well. USDA created the Puppy Mills during the Dustbowl in the 1940’s and the same families that had the original Puppy Mills still have them. USDA is supposed to monitor these Mills yet there are THREE Vets assigned to this task.

    We must rethink our methods as it looks like a Federal ban is not forthcoming. It is difficult at the State level due to the Farm Bureau and the State Horse Councils always outvoting the anti slaughter advocates.


  6. Barbara Griffith · ·

    Hi I would like to find out if you know how many countries that Mexico and Canada sells horse meat to besides the EU? I know Canada ships live horses to Japan but is Japan their only other market? The reason I’m asking is that Equine Welfare Alliance in their email mentioned that the EU may not be Mexico’s only market either. I was hoping that not having the EU business would stop US horses from being killed.

    Thanks Barbara Griffith Washington state

    On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 10:51 AM, Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog wrote:

    > canadianhorsedefencecoalition posted: “From HSI: The European > Commission has implemented a conditional ban of the import of horsemeat > from Mexico following a series of audits by the Food and Veterinary Office. > The audits consistently identified serious problems with the lack of > traceability”

  7. This is some of the best news against horse slaughter I have heard in ten years. Because the US congress would never have stopped it on their own. The EU will be smoking on Canada next because they have been doing the very same thing Mexico has been doing with the bill of sales on truck loads of horses going across their border.is just as crooked as Mexico’s. This may put a screeching halt to the rampant over-breeding that goes on in the US that supplies all of the horses to both countries. I live in the US and all of the thousands of voters that have tried to get this horror shut down for years have always been ignored simply because we don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy off the politicians like the racing industry and numerous other stake holders have.

  8. Write/email/call the US Congress through www(dot)USA(dot)gov
    and demand passage of The SAFE Act and The PAST Act now

  9. Anne Streeter · ·

    Let’s hope Canada will be next!

  10. Mary Croft · ·


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