Audio: EWA Says Horse Slaughter Numbers Just Don’t Add Up

October 24, 2012 By   as published in the Brownfield AG News for America

Interview with Equine Welfare Alliance’s Jo-Claire Cocoran

Phenylbutazone, a human carcinogen, is prevalent in U.S. horse meat, along with numerous other drugs banned by the FDA in food animals. (photo: Animal Rescue Unit)

Jo-Claire Corcoran, with Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA), says the group did a study of claims about abandoned U.S. horses and very few were substantiated. She says those that were, were of horses in the southwestern states – rejects from Mexican slaughter plants.

Corcoran also says claims from the International Equine Business Association’s Sue Wallis about the number of U.S. horses going to Mexican and Canadian slaughter plants are inflated.

“Three months, 48,000 horses? Well, that’s 192,000 a year. That number’s grossly exaggerated. They’re not slaughtering horses at that rate,” says Corcoran.

Wallis and her association are working to open domestic slaughter plants in the U.S. to resume horse processing since Congress removed the ban. Wallis applauds the recent lifting of a temporary EU ban on horse meat from U.S. horses.

Corcoran, however, says the horse slaughter industry is in for a rude awakening when the European Union’s regulations on drug residue tracing go into effect next year, which she says will essentially shut down the market.  Corcoran tells Brownfield Ag News,  “In essence, when that happens, there won’t be any horses eligible. The U.S. does not have a passport program. Canada does not have a passport program.”  Corcoran says Mexico doesn’t have a good tracing program in place either.

She says 70% of the market of U.S. horses slaughtered for horse meat goes to the E.U. and that 80% of Americans are opposed to horse slaughter. Corcoran says U.S. horses are not raised as livestock and should not be treated as such.

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6 comments on “Audio: EWA Says Horse Slaughter Numbers Just Don’t Add Up

  1. Good synopsis of all we know… and we do need to be prepared when the EU does require all that seems to be lacking from the slaughter industry and sellers and buyers alike. What we plan can make a huge difference in how the transition is seen throughout the USA and EU and how we can help protect our horses; wild and domestic.


  2. Good interview, but then Jo-Claire always manages to get all the facts right out there.
    And we sure do have to have everything ready for when this actually hits the fan.


  3. That’s fine. How oddly structured that the EU will be in charge of our return to non-slaughter….that the EU is setting out our passport system….that the EU will do what the USA decision makers did not. What will the big breeders do with all those excess horses? Even if SWallis opens a slaughter plant (shudder) what will become of the product–since USA horses won’t have passports for sometime–until the EU gets us up to code…and there are no USA horses raised without drugs. Who (in their right mind) would purchase such a product? Thanks EU for driving us in the right direction.


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