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News last update:6 Aug 2012

Australian drought fatal for horses

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 Canberra Times.

The price of lucerne hay has risen to $24, four times as much as it was before the drought. 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 Japan
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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