On the 1st of July 2010 a West Australian butcher “Vince Gareffa” of Mondi Di Carne gourmet butchers in Inglewood Perth was granted a license to sell horse meat by state Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman, but this isn’t just a license to sell horse meat in Western Australia, he can sell it to anyone within Australia wanting to purchase the meat. We are fighting to have this decision over turned. Why?? For two reasons:
Horses are killed for human consumption in the same way cattle are, however, the horses skull is structured differently with the brain situated further back in the head. So when a Captive bolt hits a horse is it not killed immediately. The horse is then strung up and bled while its heart is still pumping. This process has been proven to cause extreme pain to the animal and in the USA it violated the Humane Slaughter Act and horse slaughter was banned over there. The RSPCA have a policy in regards to humane killing which states “An animal must be either killed instantly or instantaneously rendered insensible to pain until death supervenes” however, the captive bolt does not kill instantly or instantaneously and causes the horse extreme pain before death. We have been informed by the Western Australia Government that they will not take into consideration the USA study because it was not conducted on Australian soil even though the process is exactly the same.
The RSPCA have another policy which states “Handling of animals prior to killing must also be humane and as stress-free as possible” however, these animals are subject to long sometime interstate transporting to one of the two licensed abattoirs in Australia who kill horses for human consumption without rest, food or water, not to mention the state of the horses in sale yards, the transportation issues and treatment in knackery’s of horses killed for pet food (but this is a different issue). In Western Australia there is no licensed abattoir for slaughtering horses for human consumption and no details have been confirmed on where these animals are being killed, however we have been informed that they are being killed in a knackery licensed to slaughter for pet food but we have been unable to confirm this.
Secondly, horses are not farmed for meat and 90% of horses sent to knackery’s are sent there due to illness or injury in which case there past owner would have medicated or treated the animal before using the last resort of sending the horse to become pet food. Therefore, the horses system will be full of drugs and medicated (Bute the anti inflammatory never leaves a horses system and is very commonly used in the horse world) they are also full of infection or diseases. People have to remember that knackery’s not only kill horses they kill sick and injured cattle and sheep that are not suitable for human consumption. A lady in QLD is currently doing a study to find out why our cats and dogs have an increased rate of cancers and if you saw what types of animals being slaughter makes up their pet food you would understand, yet Vince Gareffa wants to use this meat to sell to humans. We are flighting this head on and have informed the WA government of the violations that this license approval has created.
Please support this cause, do not buy horse meat, boycott establishments selling it and sign our petition.
Quote from a horse plant worker, “You move so fast you don’t have time to wait till a horse bleeds out, you skin him as he bleeds. Sometimes a horse’s nose is down in the blood, blowing bubbles, and he suffocates.”