The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition

Defending Horses, because they can’t defend themselves!

It may be hard for some to believe that tens of thousands of horses are routinely slaughtered in Canada for human consumption.

Most of  their meat is shipped to Japan, the European Union and other countries.

A small amount of this meat is consumed in Canada and some is shipped to the United States.

This barbaric practice has been stopped in the United States since 2007 due to government defunding of equine slaughterhouse inspections; however, horses from

the United States continue to be shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter for human consumption.

In addition, Canada allows for the transportation of live horses to Japan and South Korea to be slaughtered for human consumption and, unfortunately, the transportation of horses destined for slaughter within Canada, and by air, is far from humane.

Click HERE for a W5 Report on the issue.

What we do

What we do

The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) is a registered not-for-profit organization working towards ending horse slaughter and the live export of horses for slaughter for human consumption.

Our Celebrity Support

Even celebrities are taking notice of our efforts and are lending their voices & influence to our cause!

Jann Arden

Jann Arden has created a campaign to help in the fight against the live draft horse shipments to Japan.  You can find more info at her web site.  Here you can order various products to show your support for the horses.

“Canada should be leading the world when it comes to animal welfare— and yet we drop the ball in so many ways. We ship thousands upon thousands of live horses for the overseas meat trade and grotesquely fail with their treatment. Often in tight cages of three or four – for days.”

“This is an amazing, important organization… donate if you can. Even a toonie makes a difference.”

Kate Drummond

“Donation made in honour of our dear beloved friend, Jill, who passed away in Alberta. And to all the other beautiful horses, like my friend Danny, who have blessed our lives. Please help if you can:”

Donna Weiss

We welcome Donna Weiss as another celebrity supporter!  Donna is an American singer and songwriter, best known for co-writing the Kim Carnes 1981 hit “Bette Davis Eyes” with Jackie deShannon.  The song won the Grammy for Song of the Year and Record of the Year

Donna guested on Joe Cocker’s album Mad Dogs and Englishmen, and has also written songs for Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, Cher, Dusty Springfield as well as numerous other artists.

Number of Horses that were exported
for Slaughter in 2020



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“People are surprised to learn that horses are being slaughtered in Canada [for human consumption].

Perhaps even worse, they are being exported in crammed conditions, to Japan [and South Korea] to be slaughtered for meat.

Horses that may have been someone’s pet.”

UPDATE: Thank you for your support! Please see below for an update on Parliamentary petition e-3187. NOW CLOSED - PETITION REGARDING THE LIVE DRAFT HORSE SHIPMENTS FOR SLAUGHTER SPONSORED BY MP NATHANIEL ERSKINE-SMITH

Thank you for your support! Please click here for an update on Parliamentary petition e-3187.

All Canadians concerned about the protection of horses:  please speak out against the live exports of our Gentle Giants for slaughter.  

Majority of Canadians Oppose Horse Slaughter

  • A Nanos Poll was taken across Canada in June 2019 by Ottawa, ON lobbying firm, The Parliamentary Group.
  • Findings show that over two-thirds of Canadians say they are uncomfortable or somewhat uncomfortable with the export of horse meat from Canada for human consumption.
  • Nearly seven in ten Canadians say they would most support stopping the slaughtering of horses in Canada for human consumption rather than continue the policy.
  • Canadians are over four times more likely to say they would have a more positive impression rather than a more negative impression of a politician that supported a ban in Canada on the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

The full report can be read here.

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