Horsemeat scandal

Long-distance transport to slaughter - injury (where does horsemeat come from banner)

World Horse Welfare was founded in 1927 to be the voice of horses seeking better treatment on journeys to and at the slaughterhouse.  More than 85 years later, we have achieved greatly improved conditions for horses destined for dinner plates but there is so much more to do and we need your help.

Perhaps the one silver lining of the whole horse meat scandal is that it has shown a spotlight on the trade in horses for meat, how the laws protecting them and the food chain need to be improved, and the need for accountability and traceability.  

World Horse Welfare has been at the forefront of challenging existing laws and working with others in the horse sector and UK and EU governments on improved systems.


We have raised awareness among politicians and the public that the horse meat labelled as beef could be the product of horse suffering endured on long-distance journeys across Europe to slaughter. We will continue to press the European Commission to stop these needless long distance journeys.

We are pressing the European Comission for mandatory country of origin labelling for horse meat 

We are calling for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses in Britain to help stop unacceptable and illegal horse abuse as revealed at a British slaughterhouse. Our petition attracted over 40,000 signatures, and will be handed over to Defra soon.

We are working with the Government to improve the horse identification system in Britain and restrict movement of the most vulnerable horses. 



Horses being transported long-distances to slaughter