Thank you Cac Betts and every one else at Canadians Against Horse Abuse, CWH-Canadian Wild Horse and Horse People for Horses in GTA for putting this event together and promoting it.  

EMAIL CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT CHDC (CANADIAN HORSE DEFENCE COALITION) LAWSUIT/APPEAL  AGAINST THE CFIA (CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY)

Stop the Canadian Government from Exporting Live Horses for Slaughter for human consumption!

WHEN — Feb 17th – Mar 15th 2020

WHERE — online – Canadians Against Horse Abuse

TEMPLATE LETTER PROVIDED TO MAKE IT EASY FOR YOU TO CONTACT CANADIAN MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

or

PLEASE FEEL FREE PERSONALIZE YOUR OWN EMAIL WITH THE FACTS GIVEN BELOW.

PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU REMAIN POLITE WHEN TALKING OR CONTACTING ANY ONE ABOUT THIS MATTER

DESCRIPTION

We at Canadians Against Horse Abuse would like everyone to take the time to remember all of the horses (mainly large draft horses) involved in live shipment out of Canadian Airports.

Canada yearly ships 1000s of horses to Japan by air cargo so they can be slaughtered for human consumption.

These large drafts are forced together into small wooden crates; sometimes there are as many as 3-4 horses per crate.

The Canadian federal government is violating its own animal transportation laws and is getting away with it.

It’s time for people to raise their voices for the voiceless!

Send your email and let the Canadian Food Inspection Agency know that we are aware of ‘’Canada’s dirty little secret’’.

This event is supported by Canadians Against Horse Abuse, CWH-Canadian Wild Horse and Horse People for Horses in GTA

BACKGROUND

Following info via CANADIAN HORSE DEFENCE COALITION

  • Horses are air shipped from Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg to Japan for human consumption;
  • According to Statistics Canada, from January to November 2019, 2,686 horses were air shipped to Japan & South Korea for slaughter for human consumption;
  • 3 to 4 horses are loaded into crates smaller than a single horse stall;
  • Section 141.8 of the Health of Animals Regulations says horses over 14 hands (56”) must be segregated from all other animals for air transport;
  • Many horses being air shipped are large draft types over 17 hands (68”), contravening the Health of Animals Regulations;
  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA) sets out standards for Live Animals Regulations, stipulating that horses must be shipped individually and have sufficient head clearance;
  • IATA only allows exceptions for small polo ponies or Icelandic horses to be shipped in modified horse containers without partitions;
  • Large draft horses can be 3 times the size of such ponies, therefore contravening IATA regulations;
  • Videos taken at Canadian and Japanese airports show many horses in these crates don’t have sufficient head clearance, with their heads touching the roofs and ears protruding through the crates, contravening IATA regulations; and
  • Flights are 10.5 to 13.5 hours long.
  • Additional hours must be considered for ground transportation, loading into crates, and loading and unloading crates from planes.
  • During this time, horses have no access to food or water.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO STOP THIS INHUMANE TREATMENT OF HORSES?

Write Emails to the list of Government Officials that have a say in this matter.

Again, please be sure that the emails are polite, use proper position titles and include facts that they cannot dispute. We need to keep the pressure on these key players and let them know that we are watching.

 

Please email:

 

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau 

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (Canada)

Constituency:  Compton – Stanstead (Quebec)

House of Commons 

Ottawa, Ontario

Canada

K1A 0A6

Mail may be sent postage-free to any Member of Parliament.

Telephone: 613-995-2024

Fax: 613-992-1696

Email: Marie-Claude.Bibeau@parl

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau 

(Prime Minister of Canada)

Constituency: Papineau (Quebec)

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

Canada

K1A 0A6

Mail may be sent postage-free to any Member of Parliament.

Telephone: 613-992-4211

Fax: 613-941-6900

Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

TEMPLATE LETTER

Please feel free to copy and paste the following letter and send it to the Canadian government members listed above, against copyright.

Please feel free to edit it to make it your own, to personalize it.

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Stop the Canadian Government from Exporting Live Horses for Slaughter!

Dear __________,

I am firmly opposed to the Canadian Government’s  treatment of equines during international transportation.

Please help stop the inhumane transport of horses from Canada to Japan & South Korea to be slaughtered for human consumption.

I am against this inhumane transport of horses and as a concerned Canadian Citizen I am asking the Canadian Government and CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) to stop LIVE AIR TRANSPORTATION of HORSES for HUMAN CONSUMPTION – due to the ongoing issues regarding IATA regulations.

Following info via CANADIAN HORSE DEFENCE COALITION

  • Horses are air shipped from Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg to Japan & South Korea for human consumption;
  • According to Statistics Canada, from January to November 2019, 2,686 horses were air shipped to Japan & South Korea for slaughter for human consumption;
  • 3 to 4 horses are loaded into crates smaller than a single horse stall;
  • Section 141.8 of the Health of Animals Regulations says horses over 14 hands (56”) must be segregated from all other animals for air transport;
  • Many horses being air shipped are large draft types over 17 hands (68”), contravening the Health of Animals Regulations;
  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA) sets out standards for Live Animals Regulations, stipulating that horses must be shipped individually and have sufficient head clearance;
  • IATA only allows exceptions for small polo ponies or Icelandic horses to be shipped in modified horse containers without partitions;
  • Large draft horses can be 3 times the size of such ponies, therefore contravening IATA regulations;
  • Videos taken at Canadian and Japanese airports show many horses in these crates don’t have sufficient head clearance, with their heads touching the roofs and ears protruding through the crates, contravening IATA regulations;
  • Flights are 10.5 to 13.5 hours long.
  • Additional hours must be considered for ground transportation, loading into crates, and loading and unloading crates from planes.
  • During this time, horses have no access to food or water.

Statement via Rebeka Breder – Lawyer for CHDC (Dec 10th 2019):

“We are incredibly disappointed to learn that we lost the horse slaughter lawsuit against the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The court found that the CFIA does not have to follow its regulations and that it has the discretion to decide how to enforce them. We strongly disagree.

In this particular case, the law is abundantly clear that inspections of all horses must be done (by CFIA inspectors) prior to all shipments, and that all shipments must be certified as being compliant with the law. For years, these inspectors have been certifying these shipments, even though horses were being shipped contrary to the law (ie, crammed horses into small crates, instead of being separated to avoid harming each other; and not providing enough headroom).”

VIDEO EVIDENCE: https://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.org/chdc-lawsuit/

Thank you for your consideration.

Signed,

(Your Name)
(Your Address)
(City – Province – Postal Code)

 

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