CANADIAN HORSE DEFENCE COALITION

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YOU CAN HELP END HORSE SLAUGHTER

WHY HORSE SLAUGHTER MUST END

If a single picture speaks 1,000 words, the images of misery that the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) has collected over the past decade should fill up a small library.

Here we provide just a tiny sampling of such images. 

After you have viewed them, we hope you will agree that the slaughter of horses for meat, and their live export for slaughter to Japan, should be banned without delay. 

Horses are as dear to many human hearts as are cats and dogs, whose suffering we do not tolerate. 

It is not acceptable for industry to be allowed to dictate what is humane and acceptable to do to horses. 

The “fox guarding the henhouse” insists that this practice is humanely conducted, but it is clear to see that profit is the biggest motivator here, and animal welfare concerns are likely to be found on the back burner.

THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO BAN THE SLAUGHTER OF HORSES IN CANADA:

  • horses are easily panicked, “flight” animals, difficult to stun and kill in an assembly-line environment
  • it is a fallacy that horse slaughter is “humane euthanasia”; it is a brutal, often prolonged and painful ending to a beautiful life
  • the horse slaughter industry provides opportunity and revenue for thieves and fraudsters, who can easily lie their way through required paperwork, namely the “Equine Information Document” (EID) that must follow the animal from original source to slaughterhouse
  • the EID was developed by the CFIA in response to European Union concerns regarding the safety of horsemeat, but the document has been shown to be ineffective in terms of stopping fraud and theft in the horse slaughter pipeline;  criminally-minded people do not care what prohibited drugs the horses may have been administered in the past, let alone what effects dangerous drug residues may have on consumers of horsemeat
  • horse slaughter is an “easy out” for irresponsible breeders, who frequently offload their cast-offs at meat auctions
  • ending horse slaughter would automatically raise the bar, resulting in more responsible and selective breeding, and eliminating the influx of U.S. horses that currently cross the border for slaughter and account for approximately 36-60% of horses slaughtered in Canada
  • horse auction marts, scattered throughout Canada, help to feed the pipeline to slaughter; meat dealers, who want cheap horses for fattening, are a fixture at these sales, where unwanted horses have arrived from diverse directions (family farms, dude strings, the racing and rodeo industries, to name a few)
  • manure-infested feedlots warehouse horses awaiting shipment to slaughter; feedlot horses are not well-cared-for – they often exhibit long, cracked hooves and injuries, and some are clearly diseased
  • horses are shipped live, in small wooden crates, to Japan for slaughter; they are crammed together, often three to four per crate, occasionally with the heads of taller horses hitting the ceiling of the crate; this practice violates two Sections of the Health of Animals Regulations, and a lawsuit has been launched by CHDC in response to these abject breaches of legislation
  • when horses are live-shipped overseas for slaughter, they are automatically at the mercy of industry practices in that country; Canadian laws no longer protect them
  • statistics show a steady decrease in Canadian horse slaughter numbers over recent years – i.e.:  67,995 in 2015; 54,100 in 2016; and 33,494 in 2017
  • it appears that this “dying” industry is floundering, so why not support the vibrant live horse industry instead, which brings in billions of dollars in revenue to Canada annually?
  • A 2004 Ipsos-Reid poll revealed that 64% of respondents (2/3 of Canadians polled) do not believe in the slaughter of horses for human consumption
In 2017, 33,494 horses were slaughtered for horsemeat in Canada.  In the same year, 4,846 live horses were exported to Japan for slaughter.

WE CALL UPON OUR LEGISLATORS TO END THE CRUELTY DEPICTED IN THESE PHOTOS

EVEN MORE REASONS IN THE “SLIDE SHOW” BELOW:

CHDC SUES CANADIAN GOVERNMENT OVER INHUMANE TRANSPORT OF HORSES

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).

Rebeka Breeder

Animal Law Lawyer, Breder Law Corporation

“People are surprised to learn that horses are being slaughtered in Canada [for human consumption].

Perhaps even worse, they are being exported in crammed conditions, to Japan [and South Korea] to be slaughtered for meat.

Horses that may have been someone’s pet.”

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OUR PATRON

Jann Arden has created a campaign to help in the fight against the live draft horse shipments to Japan.  You can find more info at her web site.  Here you can order various products to show your support for the horses.

"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."

"This is an amazing, important organization... donate if you can. Even a toonie makes a difference."  

Please share this site with  friends who own horses but may not be aware of the horse slaughter industry in Canada, with friends who may be taking conjugated equine estrogens for menopause, with doctors who prescribe CEE drugs, and with any friends considering taking their horse to a sale barn or an auction.