APRIL 2021

The CHDC has recently obtained documents regarding the export of 113 horses from the Winnipeg International Airport to Japan on October 27, 2019.

According to information recorded on the Humane Transportation of Animals form the total transport time was 35.75 hours (35 hours 45 minutes), just barely within the maximum 36 hours allowed at the time for transport without food, water and rest. 

The horses on this flight were described as ‘’crossbreds’’ born between 2016 and 2018.  Their average weight was recorded to be 680 lbs.

October 26

The horses began arriving at the airport in six conveyances at approximately 10:50 pm.  They were loaded into crates from 11:30 pm to 2:00 a.m. the following morning (Oct. 27) in groups of three or four per crate.

October 27

Korean Air Cargo KE9284 arrived at approximately 3:50 a.m. and was disinfected prior to the horses being loaded on the aircraft, as required per the Veterinary Health Certificate Export Horses to Japan.

The crates were loaded on the plane from 4:15 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. and it departed at approximately 6 a.m.

This was not a direct flight but included a stopover in Anchorage before continuing on to Japan. This meant the horses endured an additional landing and take-off, times when they often fall.

Including the time spent on the ground in Anchorage, the flight was 14 hours, 22 minutes in duration.

The documents indicate the horses spent approximately 7 hours at the Winnipeg airport after their arrival at 10:50 p.m. When this is added to the 14 hours, 22 minutes flight time we calculate the total time spent there to be 21 hours, 32 minutes. 

The total transport time on the Inspector Report is 35.75 hours a difference of 14 hours, 53 minutes. As the feedlot to airport ground transport time has not been provided we can only speculate if it would it have been long enough to make up for the discrepancy.

Nineteen crates held 3 horses each, fourteen crates held 4 horses each.


For more information on horse slaughter and the live horse shipments to Japan and South Korea please visit the CHDC’s website, blog and archived blog posts .

All documents can be viewed here and appear as received, having portions exempted under sections of the Access to Information Act.