Through Access to Information (ATI), the CHDC has recently received and is making available Owner/Shipper forms of horses entering Canada from the United States for immediate slaughter, at the Point Edward (Sarnia), Ontario and Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec ports of entry, from January 1 to July 31, 2019.  These horses were destined for Viande Richelieu Meats horse slaughter plant in Massueville, Quebec.

The CHDC is occasionally contacted by individuals seeking information on the whereabouts of horses they have lost track of.  As some forms we receive include brands and tattoo numbers, it is our hope that making these documents public will assist some in their search.

Unfortunately, a number of horses are recorded as having a lip tattoo, but numbers were not provided and may be another breed, such as Thoroughbred.

“Horses must be sent directly from the Canadian port of entry, in a sealed truck and under licence to destination, to a slaughter plant approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) immediately after entering Canada. They must be slaughtered within four days of arriving at the plant.”

See: Import Conditions for Horses From the United States for Immediate Slaughter

Breeds identified in the documents included Standardbred, Quarter Horse, Haflinger, Paint, Belgian, Appaloosa, Mule, Percheron, Arab and Morgan. Remarks indicated some horses were blind in one eye, had swollen legs, growths, were lame or “Off”.

Brands provided on documents included tattoo numbers for some Standardbreds and, where possible, we have endeavoured to learn their names. We realize that some may have been misread, resulting in the wrong number being entered on the form and our identifying the wrong horse.  If you are aware of any such instance we hope you will let us know by emailing us at info@canadianhorsedefencecoalition.org .

 While searching tattoo numbers on the USTA’s website, we discovered three horses on the list who had been enrolled in the Full Circle Program and two others with registrations converted to Pleasure.

 Full Circle is a USTA (United States Trotting Association) program ”that connects two or more people with a shared concern for a horse for the purpose of assisting that horse if/when it is needed”.

More information on these programs may be found here.

Although some horses were not registered and could not be identified, the fact they died a cruel death in a Canadian slaughter plant makes it no less tragic.

It seems especially appalling that horses bred for human profit through racing, are not afforded a safe existence by the people and the industry that exploits them.  It’s important to remember as well, that racing horses are regularly administered drugs that are banned for life from entering the human food chain.

These ATI reports are a sad reminder of the individual horses that make up the list of the thousands of horses that are slaughtered every year in Canada.

You may wonder about the breed associations’ positions regarding horse slaughter.  While many are publicly silent on the issue, several have posted statements on their websites:

American Morgan Horse Association

AMHA Horse Slaughter Position Statement

AMHA is not pro-slaughter, and we believe that it is not the most desirable option for addressing the problem of unwanted horses; however, we understand that the slaughter of unwanted horses at a processing facility may be the only alternative for a horse rather than to continue a life of suffering, inadequate care, or abandonment when other alternatives are unavailable to the owner.

https://www.morganhorse.com/about/who-we-are/supporting-documents/

United States Trotting Association

The United States Trotting Association announced on April 10, 2020  that it has endorsed the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2019 (H. R. 961), which states that “the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption is hereby prohibited.”

The passage of the legislation effectively would ban horse slaughter in the United States by making it illegal for the transportation and export of horses for slaughter domestically or in other countries. The bill emphasizes that, unlike other livestock, horses are not raised for human consumption.  http://ustrottingnews.com/usta-announces-support-for-safe-act-of-2019/

 Standardbred Canada

Use of Horses in the Food Chain

Standardbred Canada is aware of the diverse nature of the equine industry and the vital role horses play in a sustainable agricultural economy at the provincial, national and international levels.

Standardbred Canada supports agricultural initiatives and recognizes that Canada’s equine meat producers must adhere to industry standards with respect to transportation, feed lots and humane slaughter.

Standardbred Canada acknowledges that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulates the use of horse meat as part of the human and animal food chain.

https://standardbredcanada.ca/content/horse-welfare-statement.html

American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)

Horse Processing

AQHA believes it’s the owner’s responsibility and, ultimately, their choice regarding decisions concerning the welfare of their horse(s). The Association encourages responsible ownership practices and management that will reduce the number of unwanted horses. AQHA recognizes that the processing of unwanted horses is currently a necessary aspect of the equine industry, because it provides a humane euthanasia alternative for horses that might otherwise continue a life of discomfort and pain, or inadequate care or abandonment. AQHA has actively supported legislation to ensure the safe and humane transportation of horses that are bound for processing facilities and backed guidelines for how horses must be treated at the facilities,

https://www.aqha.com/aqha-advocacy

Please note that some of these associations use the term “processing” rather than the true term “slaughter”.

The Standardbred horses we were able to match to tattoo numbers ranged in age from 5 years to 25 years. Their names are listed below.

Name Tattoo Foaling Place
AJ BROWN 2B722 MARENGO, OH
ALBERTOFCAMLOYIST XM247 ODESSA, ON
ALTON JOHN 9A730 ALLENTOWN, NJ
ASTOUNDING HANOVER 3DE14 HANOVER, PA
AWESOME CHARGER VD224 LAGRANGE, IN
BAD BARBARA 2FA90 CHESAPEAKE CITY, MD
BADLANDS BELLE Z3939 CHESAPEAKE CITY, MD
BEGIN TO HOPE 0C932 GEORGETOWN, KY
BENEATH THE RADAR 5A021 SUNFIELD, MI
BEVERLY SPUR 5B797 MILLERSBURG, IN
BIG JOE NICO 2DP54 ST IRENEE, QC
BIG RED ONE VF034 SUNBURY, OH
BIG TEXAS MAN XP286 HIGH RIVER, AB
BORROWED HEARTS W1247 BROOKLYN, MI
BOSTON BLAZE S2044 DELEON SPRINGS, FL
BROAD AND WILD 3L407 CHESAPEAKE CITY, MD
BROOKLETS NOBI X2282 URBANA, IN
BROTHER WOLF 1B055 TOPEKA, IN
BROWNEYED SENORITA WC498 LIMA, OH
BRYANS DIAMOND 7BF23 BLOOMINGBURG, OH
BULLY OF THE BEACH W5570 GEORGETOWN, KY
C U CUMIN TE866 NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH
CALL TO COURT V1489 LEXINGTON, KY
CAROLINA BUDDY V7542 FOUNTAIN INN, SC
CLASSICAL PRINCESS X2414 DURHAMVILLE, NY
COLD DUDE 5J503 CHESAPEAKE CITY, MD
CONNECT THE DARTS Z1701 BLOOMINGBURG, OH
CRACKLING ROSE Z6540 BERNE, IN
CREDIT OR DEBIT 4A247 WALLKILL, NY
CUT TO THE CHASE 7E725 DONOVAN, IL
DAGON DRAGON T3492 CANONSBURG, PA
DANDY DAVE 1C306 BLOOMINGBURG, OH
DEJARMBRO’S YANKEE 1M079 NEW HAVEN, IN
DELIGHTFUL FIVE 3G664 WALLKILL, NY
DELMITA 0CA25 VERONA, NY
DEWEY SOAKUM N HOWE X8937 WILLARD, OH
DOJEA LR 3F542 WOLCOTTVILLE, IN
DOMINOES Z2531 DONOVAN, IL
DRIVERS EDDY T0242 WATSEKA, IL
EAGLE KLAW 2B972 INGLEWOOD, ON
EDDIE’S ELDORADO W1301 SUGARCREEK, OH
EDEN SPECIAL FI FI X9290 MILLERSBURG, IN
EJECTABLE 4B879 CREAM RIDGE, NJ
EMAILIT XC506 LOOGOOTEE, IN
ESPOIR VT958 ST THOMAS DE JOLIETTE, QC
EXCITING STORY XH161 APPLECREEK, OH
EYES ON GOLD 3C223 LOOGOOTEE, IN
FACE FOR RADIO 8CN40 SARNIA, ON
FINANCE HYLIGHT 7BF92 ODON, IN
FITNESS EDGE 9A901 PENNINGTON, NJ
FLY FLY BUCKEYE Z0835 APPLECREEK, OH
FOREVER FRISKIE 7L227 BERNE, IN
FORT GREENE XF967 WALLKILL, NY
FOUND IN THE MIST 1F009 MOUNT AIRY, NC
FOX VALLEY TEMPEST 2BE39 SHERMAN, IL
FRIDAY’S MIRACLE 3C190 SUNFIELD, MI
GHOST DANCER 6DD73 DURAND, MI
GORKIJ’S GRACE 2FE79 EATON, NH
GRAND JURGY T1306 SUNFIELD, MI
GRITTY FISH 8DP11 LINWOOD, ON
HERE’S THE SIGN 3D999 WILLIAMSBURG, KY
HOOSIER ROSANNA X3855 MONTGOMERY, IN
HOWDY DEWEY 5H647 LEXINGTON, KY
ITS ALL HALO 0D233 WILLMINGTON, OH
JAKES SEVEN SEVEN Z4737 HARVARD, IL
JAMES HAROLD 0B398 BALTIC, OH
JAYPORT ICON VP02 WOODSTOCK, ON
JAZZY JUNIOR 5HM13 ST CATHERINES, ON
JENNY ROC WL359 ST PAUL ABBOTSFORD, QC
JET ATTITUDE 2A283 FINDLAY, OH
JET PACK 1HA23 WILKINSON, IN
JOE BROWN 5BE14 GRINNEL, IA
JORDONS JET 5AH32 FARWELL,  MI
JUMPIN JOEY P X0261 STEDMAN, NY
JUST NAPPING XH587 BERNE, IN
KASHITIN ZA421 BIG ROCK, IL
KEYSTONE BRITTANY VA241 WALLKILL, NY
KICK EM UP KATE VC080 CARMEL, IN
LA BONITA WA519 TRIVOLI, IL
LADY WYNN 1B221 SHERMAN, IL
LAMP SHADE 7A040 MECHANICSBURG, PA
LAR’S PANDEMONIUM Z6572 HANOVER, PA
LARJON ERIC ZP659 WINGHAM, ON
LITTLE JAMMER 3CF16 MARENGO, IL
LOVE N NUKE W9441 ERIE, IL
LUKES DANNIELLE 2AN66 WILLIAMSTOWN, ON
LUST FOR VICTORY 0DG44 DELEVAN, NY
LW STARTREK 9C325 WOLCOTTVILLE, IN
LYNDALE SCOT XE283 KINROSS, PEI
MAGNUM CROWN 7FA69 MARENGO, OH
MAJESTICJAKEQUAKE 2FE38 ALEXIS, IL
MAKE US FAMOUS Z7165 MACON, MS
MALOHA W9409 CREAM RIDGE, NJ
MAN I’M HOT 3E414 URBANA, OH
MARDI 1AW37 KING CITY, ON
MARK’S ART W5190 MONROE, IN
MATSUI 0B568 CLARKE LAKE, MI
MISS BRITTANY V2794 CARDINGTON, OH
MISTER KOSMOS TJ727 SALEM, IN
MISTER MEANER 0HC89 SHELBYVILLE, IN
MISTY BILMAC 2E402 BERNE, IN
MJ’S TRIP X6269 SHERMAN, IL
MJS PACING MACHINE W5212 BERNE, IN
MOLSON LAVEC VN639 MT PLEASANT, ON
MOM’S PLACE 8G592 MONDOVI, WI
MONTANA DURUISSEAU XL620 DUNHAM, QC
MUSICAL DRAGON V9151 CHESAPEAKE CITY, MD
MUTINEER YANKEE 5DR58 WILLIAMSTOWN, ON
MY AND YOURS W9968 HENDRICKS CAMP POINT, IL
MYSTICAL MELODY 2HN91 PARIS, KY
NIGHTS WHEELER 2AD23 SEVEN VALLEYS, PA
NOBLE EMMA 3BP21 ROCKWOOD, ON
OH JOY 0D613 BELLEVILLE, OH
ON TOP OF THE WORLD 6D310 BENSON, VT
OUR MCLOVIN 7EL19 LUCAN, ON
OUTASIGHTOUTAMIND WN338 ELGIN, ON
PETALA WG690 KALAMAZOO, MI
PICASSOS DREAM 1BF98 BALTIC, OH
POTATOES SON 5ER10 ST PASCAL, ON
R HAPPY HORSE ODNO1 GRAND BLANE, MI
RAMBO KANDU Z3511 BIRCH RUN, MI
RASCAN BRUTON 2GC50 CHESAPEAKE CITY, MD
RED ROCK EE BALBOA 1HM57 UPTON, MA
ROOGY RELLIM 6B774 MIDDLEBURG, IN
ROSE RUN CHAMP TG902 SUGARCREEK, OH
RUSTY DREAM 8CV03 ST HUGUES, QC
S F ENDURE 9A031 RIVES JUNCTION, MI
S T C P VC037 TAMAQUA, PA
SAND SPIDER WE254 VINCENT, OH
SANDS CASINO 4B648 FINDLAY, OH
SAVE MY DRAGON 8H995 UTICA, OH
SHEER HOSE N0028 LEXINGTON, KY
SHENANDOAH SHAG 7B708 UNION BRIDGE, MD
SHIMMIES IMAGE V4184 MCARTHUR, OH
SIR TROTCELOT 2AE37 ANDERSON, IN
SNEAKY SPEED Z1888 NEW HOPE, PA
SOARING SPUR TF260 ELWOOD, IN
ST LADS YAKKETYYAK XN732 RUSCOM, ON
STRICTLY BUSINESS XM174 MARTINSVILLE, IL
SUE SPARTAN Z4240 SUNFIELD, MI
SUPER STAR TAN K 7CC52 WORTHINGTON, PA
SUPER ZIP 7D305 MIDDLEBURY, IN
TALENTED SAMANTHA V5568 SUGARCREEK, OH
TAURUS SEELSTER 3JL90 LUCAN, ON
TECHMASTER XH558 CHRISTIANA, PA
TERGIN 8BB95 ALEXIS, IL
THE FISCO KID WE783 ELKGROVE, CA
THE QUEENS CHOICE 2AC59 SCOTTVILLE, MI
TINYDANCER 0AP76 LYNDEN, ON
TITANIC FORCE X3812 TRAVERSE CITY, MI
TJ’S LITTLE BUNNY 1B445 FINDLAY, OH
TOLLING CHIMES VC320 TOPEKA, IN
TROT ERNIE TROT 7D687 PORTLAND, MI
TROT ME RIGHT VG722 COLUMBIANA, OH
TW ROBIN VD838 DELMAR, MD
TWO PEARLS 5A148 UTICA, OH
VERNON CAN TAB 5K939 SHIPSHEWANA, IN
VILLEFRENCHE 0GP84 PUSLINCH, ON
VINTAGE FENOM 1E599 NEW HOPE, PA
WHAT AN IMPRESSION 7E559 FAREWELL, MI
WILD BALL V4944 CHESAPEAKE CITY, MD
WILLINGTON T 9G547 WINSLOW, ME
XGAMES Z8253 CHESAPEAKE CITY, MD
ZIZI’S JEWEL T5240 APPLE CREEK, OH

The documents that these tattoo numbers appear on are the documents that actually travel with the horses to the slaughterhouse.  A horse appearing on them is gone, forever.

All documents may be viewed as received by the CHDC.  Redacted portions have been exempted under sections 17 and 19 (1) of the Access to Information Act.

Please note that the files are large and have been split in two. Depending on your internet provider, it may take a few minutes to download each part.

Part 1

Part 2

Note:  The tattoo for Astounding Hanover, the horse in the title photo, is seen on Page 66 of the report.

Astounding Hanover had over a half million dollars in lifetime earnings.

This horse shows, once again, that No Horse is Safe.

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Ontario provides funding for equine riding businesses impacted by COVID-19. Investment of $3 million will allow these businesses to keep up with the costs of animal care so they can maintain their horses and be ready for when activities can start up again
http://ctv.news/k87MxCg

RCMP investigating death of horse. If anyone has information, regarding this incident please call Vermilion RCMP at 780-853-4441.https://www.lakelandtoday.ca/local-news/rcmp-investigating-death-of-horse-3252477

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