This photo has been sent in by a few supporters and we felt it was important to share. This is a truck leaving the Echuca sale yards yesterday – destined for an abattoir that kills horses for human consumption. Eating horses is legal and happens in some parts of Australia, however the majority of the steaks produced here are sent overseas to countries such as Belgium and France.
While we can’t tell the breeds of horses from this photo – there were a lot of ex-racehorses at the sale yards yesterday (both Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds) which we know ended up being sold to meat buyers.
This devastating scene serves as a harsh reminder of the desperate need for breeding reform in all areas of the equine industry, as well as a mandatory retirement plan for horses exiting the racing industry.
Rest in peace to these innocent horses. You can take action for those next in line here.