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Breaking investigation by Animal Equality uncovers horses beaten, slaughtered for meat in Spain

Evidence collected between November 2023 and May 2024 shows for the first time in more than a decade images of horse slaughter in Spain.
June 19, 2024

For the first time in over a decade, investigators with Animal Equality have captured images of horse slaughter in Spain. Here’s what they found…

​​More than ten years after exposing the horse meat industry in Spain, Animal Equality and award-winning photojournalist Aitor Garmendia returned for another investigation. 

Between November 2023 and May 2024, investigators captured the following at a slaughterhouse in Asturias: 

  • A worker beating a horse with a stick, forcing them to walk.
  • Horses lined up behind a small stall, where they were slaughtered in front of each other.
  • A horse attempting to escape the slaughter area after witnessing the death of a companion.
  • Horses improperly stunned and conscious at the time of slaughter, with several bleeding to death, writhing in pain, or showing other signs of life.

“We have been denouncing this industry for years and conducting investigations both in Spain and abroad. We can assure you that animal abuse is all too common. Consumers need to know the truth behind horse meat.”

Javier Moreno, co-founder of Animal Equality

Despite its decreasing consumption of horse meat, Spain remains the largest horse meat producer in the European Union. Much of this is exported to Italy and France, where horse meat consumption is much more common.  

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While these noble and sensitive animals continue to suffer for meat, Animal Equality’s investigations have shown that pigs, cows, chickens, sheep, and other animals endure a similar fate behind factory farm doors. 

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