In the drought-stricken Canberra region in Australia at least 100 horses a
month are slaughtered because of the increasing cost of feed, according to the
The price of lucerne hay has risen to $24, four times
as much as it was before the
. The horse market in Camden, which used to have 120 horses a
fortnight now deals with 200 animals in the same period. Abattoirs are
over-stocked, and in Queensland and South Australia they closed over Christmas
which added to the surplus of stock. Horse meat in
Geoff Jones, a
horse dealer from Yass said, "The horses end up overseas for human consumption. If
you go to Japan and have a look at the menu and see cheval there which is French
for horse, that's what they're eating." Jones said that the Australian Livestock
Buyers exports horses to Japan.
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