Horse Meat More Popular On The Menu

THE financial crisis has led to more horse meat being consumed in Spain.

From January to October 2012, 12,900 tons of horse meat was produced for consumption, while the amount for the whole of the previous year was 12,265 tons.

One of the main reasons for this is that horses are expensive to maintain and there is no market for their sale, hire or training, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

Production has increased the most in Andalucia, with 3,197 tons, a rise of 255 per cent. In the first 10 months of 2012, 60,391 horses were slaughtered in Spain, mainly in Andalucia with 16,608.

Consumers purchse horse meat for stews and other meals, with markets selling it at an average of €20.05 per kilo

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