Slaughterhouses: Horses

Health written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many horses were slaughtered in each licensed establishment in the UK in 2013.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Food Standards Agency records the number of solipeds (a mammal having a single hoof on each foot, including horses, hinnies, mules and asses) slaughtered in the United Kingdom, the majority of which are horses.

The total number of solipeds slaughtered in UK approved establishments in the period of January 2013 to November 2013 is 4,505. Complete figures are not currently available for December 2013. The number of horses slaughtered in each of the UK-approved establishments has not been provided as the release of this information is commercially sensitive.

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