Through Access to Information, for the first time the CHDC has obtained documents regarding the transport of horses to Korea for slaughter.
According to figures available from Statistics Canada, 360 horses were exported to that country in 2018, all during the month of September and all from the province of Alberta.
Three horses tested positive for EVA-SN. Equine Viral Arteritis is an “annually notifiable disease” according to the Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System. In the case of an “annually notifiable disease,” Canada must submit an annual report to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) indicating its presence within Canada. Willjill Farms was notified to remove these horses from the shipment.
One horse was positive for both WEE (Western Equine Encephalitis) and EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) suggestive of previously vaccinated animal and 3 samples were non-negative (unfit for testing because of hemolysis). Willjill Farms was notified to remove these four horses from the shipment.