Why Horse Slaughter Must End in Canada

Although TRACS no longer is directly involved with the CHDC, we support the project and will keep you updated on what is new and upcoming. If you have any questions or concerns regarding horses, please contact: Sinikka Crosland | info@defendhorsescanada.org or call 250-681-1408

The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) is an umbrella organization dedicated to ending equine slaughter in Canada as well as the export of living horses for the purpose of butchering them for human consumption. In 2011, 89,348 horses met untimely and cruel deaths in our nation’s slaughterhouses.

proven in recent years by numerous undercover investigations at Canadian slaughter plants, not only is assembly-line killing of horses cruel, but certain drugs prohibited from entering the food chain are commonly administered to horses. Phenylbutazone (“bute”) is only one example of many. Yet the export of horsemeat, and its consumption in Quebec, continues unabated.

Mr. Alex Atamanenko, NDP Member of Parliament for B.C. Southern Interior, has recognized the inhumanity as well as the risk to human health when horses from diverse sources enter the slaughter pipeline. In October 2011 he tabled Bill C-322, an act seeking to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption as well as the export of horses for the same purpose.

Recently, undercover footage provided to CHDC showed federal violations occurring at Calgary airport as large draft horses were being prepared for shipment to Japan. The horses were herded into crates too small to supply adequate headroom, and more than one horse was housed together in a single crate. Both actions violate Canada’s own Health of Animals Act, and CHDC has sought legal assistance to ensure that horses being shipped for slaughter can at least be treated humanely during their loading and flight.

CHDC maintains that demanding an end to horse slaughter without providing alternatives is not enough. We work proactively with qualified rescue organizations in Canada and the United States in order to find as many good homes as possible for equines at risk. Our Horse Protection Initiatives program, formerly launched by TRACS, provides networking services, adoption rebates, veterinary and euthanasia assistance – only as funds allow and where proof of financial need can be established.

Horses have long been our companions and working partners, and deserve better than to be slaughtered for meat.

Supporters wishing to take action in support of ending horse slaughter can visit CHDC’s Do It Now page at http://defendhorsescanada.org/help-now/do-it-now.


For the horses,
Sinikka Crosland, Executive Director
Canadian Horse Defence Coalition

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