The men are due to appear in court today
Four men have been arrested and charged in connection with organised deception and fraudulent practices involving the tampering of identification passports and microchips of horses due for slaughter.
The arrests come following a three year joint investigation carried out by the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
The men were arrested and charged this morning, and they are due to appear at Kilkenny District Court today.
The four men are aged; one in their 30s, one in his 40s and two in their 50s