Northern Ireland thoroughbreds 'end up on dinner plates'

March 19, 2009

A investigation by a BBC television show has concluded that some Northern Ireland thoroughbred horses are being slaughtered for human consumption in Europe.

The BBC's Season Ticket programme quoted an equine veterinary surgeon, who said that the shipment of thoroughbreds to Europe for human consumption was a strong possibility.

The Northern Ireland programme highlighted concerns that some of the horses will have been treated with drugs before ending up on dinner tables.

He told the Northern Ireland show that horse passports were unlikely to stop some horses treated with drugs being eaten.

The show uncovered evidence that thoroughbreds and recreational horses were being transported to yards in Northern Ireland before being transported on to Great Britain and Europe.