January 2023

The CFIA appears to have relied on a CHDC blog posting before being prompted to update their webpage “Know the Facts“. 

Now we see the following update on their page:

Japan requires that horses being exported to Japan originate from Canada. To meet Japan’s requirements, horses must be born and raised in Canada or have been kept in Canada for at least 6 months prior to the start of pre-export isolation.”

This was posted on Jan. 20, 2023, a week after our blog article pointed out changes in the certificate covering horse exports to Japan. The amendments had actually come into effect on June 2, 2022. 

For over half a year, we were led to believe that horses for export to Japan must have been born in Canada. Was this an oversight or a deliberate attempt to hide an American connection? 

The CFIA’s use of the word “originate” is interesting. Origins are origins, and being kept for 6 months in Canada does not mean that the horses actually originated in Canada. Again – a careless error or a purposeful strategy to mislead the public? 

We would also like to point out how the webpage downplays the cruel practice of shipping horses overseas for slaughter. It states: “The CFIA is aware of 5 horse deaths related to air shipments to Japan since 2013.” In the interest of transparency, why not go back another year to 2012, when six horses perished in a single incident?

Why all the subterfuge? What else is this government agency hiding? Cruelty to horses is not the CFIA’s only sin. Misleading Canadian voters and taxpayers appears to be another.

An email obtained through Access to Information, reporting the deaths of six horses on a flight from Calgary to Kagoshima, Japan in July, 2012
Source: CFIA website “Know the Facts, last modified on May 19, 2021
Source: CFIA website “Know the Facts” after it was updated on January 20, 2023

Photos above: On October 21, 2014 Atlas Air flight number 5Y-5487 left the Calgary airport carrying 85 draft horses to Japan for slaughter.  There was a non-scheduled stop in Anchorage so an injured horse could be attended to and aircraft damage could be assessed as “… a horse had kicked through its stall and had done major damage to its crate and the aircraft fuselage”.

Upon landing the injured horse was found to have died.

According to the handler the deceased horse had been agitated upon loading, fell on take-off, remained down during the flight, was thrashing and kicked through the wooden crate resulting in significant damage to the inner lining of the fuselage wall.

Additional information and details about this incident can be found in our report. 

On November 9, 2022, Canadian musician, actor and advocate Jann Arden initiated Petition e-4190, calling on Agriculture Minister Bibeau to implement a ban on live horse exports for slaughter, as directed in her mandate letter from Prime Minister Trudeau on December 16, 2021. This petition is open for Canadian residents and citizens and closes on February 7, 2023.  To sign, just click the pink tab at www.horseshit.ca to add your signature.

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