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Princess Anne and the horsemeat debate
Posted 15 November 2013
Princess Anne’s recent comments that we should consider a trade in horsemeat have sparked heated debate.
The implication is that by treating horses in the same way as other animals bred and slaughtered for meat, their welfare would be markedly improved, and cases of neglected or abandoned horses would decrease.
However, Animal Aid has filmed undercover in numerous farms – including so-called higher welfare units – and slaughterhouses. Our footage shows that the production, trade and slaughter of hundreds of millions of farmed animals such as chickens, pigs and cows leads to them being mistreated and abused. Princess Anne is naïve to think that horses would benefit from being commodified and processed through the meat trade.
The only way to make a real difference is to adopt an animal-free diet.