Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Italian police bust illegal horse-butchering ring


Florence, September 13 - Italian police said on
Friday that they had busted an illegal ring in which retired
racehorses were butchered for human consumption.
Officers found eight adult horses and two foals in
"precarious conditions, malnourished and without surveillance"
in a poorly-kept establishment located in a wooded area in
Tuscany near the town of San Donato in Poggio.
The owner of the property was cited and fined 2,500 euros.
The horses have been handed over to the State veterinary
Investigations that led police to the illegal
establishment began when a horse carcass without an identifying
microchip was discovered near the makeshift farm.
"The practice of butchering retired competition horses is
widespread throughout the region (of Tuscany) and often involves
small landowners using their property for illegal raising and
breeding," a note from the police said.
Horsemeat is widely consumed in Italy, but subject to
national regulations controlling its production.

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