24 July 2010
So Hungry I Could Eat a Horse...Only in Western Australia
The butcher who has been given the go-ahead to sell horse meat for human consumption says there has been a small black market in it in Australia for years.
Perth butcher Vince Garreffa began selling horse meat at his store on Tuesday and is vowing to continue, despite receiving death threats from animal liberationists.
Mr Garreffa says Australia has the sixth largest export market for horse meat in the world, slaughtering from 50,000 to 70,000 horses a year for human consumption in countries in Europe and Asia.
"We've now got to a stage because of the furore, people are just sneaking in, quietly whispering that they'd like some horse meat and we sell it to them quietly.
So we've become the horse whisperers."Western Australia is the only state,so far, to legally allow the slaughter of Horses to be sold for human consumption in Australia.