This story is definitely re-post worthy.  UPDATE BELOW!

Marie Bennett writes:

This story is a reminder to all of us in Canada who live within a days drive of where slaughter plants are in Alberta, or Quebec, about how easy it would be for any of our horses to be snatched and slaughtered before we even knew they were missing.

Think about how far you live from either Alberta or Quebec, a days drive, 2 days drive or less?

So this story is pertinent to those who live ANY where in Canada, but especially in the provinces of Alberta and Quebec and neighbouring provinces, like British Columbia and Ontario.  Oh and New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI, you are in this category as well.

Every horse owner within Canada or the United States needs to be aware that any horse can be stolen and the word of the person selling the horse for slaughter is considered proof that they have the right to sell the horse.   In other words, there are not protocols in place at Canadian slaughter plants, to double check ownership of horses.   

There are also not any mandatory hold times after a horse is sold to a slaughter plant, so horses are often slaughtered the same day they arrive at a slaughter plant.

In other words, many Canadians could come home from work, to find that a horse or horses are missing, and  our horses could be slaughtered for human consumption, in some cases before we even know they are missing.

 

Slaughtering horses is legal in Canada.

This barbaric practice has been banned in the United States, but horses from the United States are routinely shipped to Canada and Mexico, to be slaughtered for human consumption.

There have been other well documented cases of horses disappearing and being slaughtered.  (See blog posts below.) 

Listen to Kim and Sargon’s story on Blue Sky Radio.

So what can YOU do to help bring this barbaric practice to a halt?

January 13, 2020:

 

KIM WILSON WRITES:

 

“What a TRULY emotional day in court for Sargon today.

 

Judgement is for plaintiff Kim Wilson $1,500.00 for Sargon, $1,000.00 for costs.

 

HUGE win for Sargon!!!

 

BOTH women who did this have been found guilty and made to pay monetary damages.

 

They saw Sargon coming for them for their despicable horrific act for the past 3 years!!

 

Although it does not seem fair, logical or right, it is our civil court system and it is a precedent set in time.

 

There will be a follow up to enforce this order when it is completed in the next few months.

 

I am also going to continue with my plans for legislation for Sargon’s Law and a book.

 

This is not about money and never was, the monetary punishment is RIDICULOUS and there is NEVER going to be ANYTHING that can repair the damage and pain they caused.

 

Domino Truitt thank you for being there today and from day 1, and your INCREDIBLE dedication to me and Sargon.

 

Thank you to my new Lawyer Jennifer Priestly for her outstanding representation today and the long drive home to Brantford from Oshawa.

 

My family have been AMAZING strength to me and have suffered a loss as well.

 

All horse warriors and other supporters have been FANTASTIC with sharing Sargon’s voice and our story, thank you. There are so many of you to mention.

 

For the last 3 years I have been focused on today’s results and have not grieved Please understand how difficult this is if I dont respond to everyone right away.

 

I will continue to keep everyone informed on this journey of triumph over evil.

Remember J33907.

That number is tatooed on both my wrists. It was Sargon’s tattoo that was fraudulently recorded in government documents for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Sargon’s Equine Identification Document.

 

I have felt everyone’s love and kindness and it is greatly appreciated, I do not have enough words to thank you all enough.”

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"Canada should be leading the world when it comes to animal welfare— and yet we drop the ball in so many ways. We ship thousands upon thousands of live horses for the overseas meat trade and grotesquely fail with their treatment. Often in tight cages of three or four - for days."

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Highlights of the CHDC lawsuit against the CFIA and the Minister of Agriculture regarding live draft horse shipments to Japan for slaughter for human consumption.

Update on the CHDC lawsuit against the CFIA:

Unfortunately, on December 10, 2019, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) lost the horse slaughter lawsuit against the Canadian Food Inspection Agency regarding the live draft horse shipments to Japan for slaughter.

However, an appeal was subsequently filed and on October 16, 2020, the Memorandum of Fact and Law (our lawyer's argument) was submitted to the Federal Court of Appeal.  The CFIA then responded with their own argument. 

As of December 2020, we are currently waiting for the Court to set our appeal date.

This is what the CHDC’s lawyer Rebeka Breder had to say in December 2019:

"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)."

 

December 10th, 2019. Rebeka Breder writes:

"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).

In 2018 the CHDC sued the CFIA.  This is the original press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CHDC SUES CFIA FOR OVERCROWDING OF HORSES EXPORTED FOR SLAUGHTER

September 6, 2018 · by the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition

For Immediate Release September 6, 2018

No More Horsing Around – Animal Protection Group Sues CFIA for Overcrowding of Horses Exported for Slaughter

Vancouver, B.C.: 

The not-for-profit Animal Protection group, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC), filed for judicial review in the Federal Court.  The lawsuit challenges violations of two sections of the Health of Animals Regulations (HAR) and names the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food as the respondent.  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Health of Animals Act and the HAR.

“The law in regard to the live export of horses for slaughter is clear. Sections 141(8) and 142(a) of the Health of Animals Regulations say that horses over 14 hands in height (the size of a large pony) must be segregated, and horses must be able to stand in a natural position. These provisions exist to ensure the humane transport of horses, yet the CFIA consistently violates the law by allowing the overcrowding of horses and by allowing horses’ heads to touch the tops of crates, when live horses are shipped by air cargo to Japan for slaughter” states the lawyer for the CHDC, Rebeka Breder.

Since 2012, the CHDC has studied conditions under which live horses are exported to Japan for human consumption.  Photographic and video evidence has consistently revealed that even large draft horses have been crammed together for export purposes, sometimes as many as three or four per wooden crate, and that the ears of very tall horses have been seen to breach the netting covering the tops of crates. There is also evidence of horses dying and injuring themselves.

“This legal challenge certainly pits David against Goliath,” observes Sinikka Crosland, Executive Director of CHDC.  “But the CFIA is not above the law.  The government has certain legal and ethical obligations, which cannot be swept under the rug.”

Please consider donating to the CHDC to support this legal challenge.

For more information, contact:
Breder Law (attention: Rebeka Breder)
Solicitor for the Applicant (CHDC)
Phone: (604)449-0215
E-mail: rbreder@brederlaw.com

OR

Sinikka Crosland, Executive Director
Canadian Horse Defence Coalition
Phone: 250-833-1964
E-mail:  sinikka@defendhorsescanada.org

The June 29 flight was scheduled to leave on May 9 but the decision to cancel was made while the crate loading operations were underway at the airport as the crates were breaking. @defendhorsescan @jannarden @animallawcanada @beynate #Horse #Slaughter
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Jann Arden highlighting the horrid reality for Canadian horses https://omny.fm/shows/steele-drex/jann-arden-is-trying-to-save-canadian-horses-and-j @steeletalk #horseshit Thanks to all who are working to #EndLiveHorseExportsForSlaughter! @jannarden @defendhorsescan @animallawcanada

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