Please share this video provided by our partners Tierschutzbund and The Animal Welfare Foundation, which depicts the cruelty inflicted on approximately 400 emaciated, dying, and dead horses observed on a pasture near Buenos Aires. This pasture is a source of horses used to supply horsemeat to EU-approved slaughterhouses. TSB/AWF and the Eurogroup for Animals sent a letter to the European Commission in Belgium, calling for a suspension of horsemeat imported from Uruguay and Argentina, based on recent incidents that took place in Argentina involving evidence of illegal trade with stolen horses and severe animal cruelty in the supply chain of live horses for slaughter.
“While our team is investigating the illegal trade of horses in Argentina, we learn about another outrageous case.
More than 400 malnourished horses have been found on a pasture near Buenos Aires. 25 horses are already dead, four are dying.
The owner of this pasture supplies EU-approved slaughterhouses participating in the project “Respectful Life” of the Belgian Meat Federation FEBEV.
The horses are on a pasture of a trader who supplies EU-approved slaughterhouses participating in the project “Respectful Life” of the Belgian Meat Federation FEBEV.
The trader’s name is Raul Onorato. He has been dealing with stolen horses for many years. Onorato has a long criminal record and is under house arrest.
His son and son-in-law continue to supply the slaughterhouses Lamar and Infriba, where the European importers buy their horsemeat.
While the police rounds up the surviving horses, Argentinian NGOs and our team try to help the dying animals.
The media interest is huge. In front of cameras, the minister of security Cristian Ritondo and mayor Alejandro Granados promise to take action against those involved…
Today, one month later, horses from this group die every day. Their owners are not allowed to take them home. We are not allowed to access the premises. There shall be no witnesses of horses dying.
In 2013, we first reported about stolen horses found in EU-approved slaughterhouses in Argentina.
Involved in these crimes are the same persons again and again: the Onorato family, police officers and employees of the veterinary authority SENASA.”
Thanks to all the helpers in Argentina
For the Animals Uruguay