We have received several reports that the CFIA is not returning phone calls and is sending out a generic auto response email in regards to recent concerns brought forth over horses being live shipped to Japan for slaughter.
Questions are not being answered – the CFIA is, yet again, not taking responsibility for their actions.
While we are not surprised by this lack of communication and poor judgement, we need to show them that we aren’t going to stop pursuing this until we see and end to it.
Going forward, please direct your email complaints to these CFIA officials in Ottawa. You can copy and paste the email addresses and compose your own message to all five:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Ritz.G@parl.gc.ca, Ian.Alexander@inspection.gc.ca,
(Dr. Nicole Cormier is a CFIA Humane Transportation of Animals Program Specialist, George Da Pont is the President of the CFIA, Gerry Ritz is Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Dr. Ian Alexander is Chief Veterinary Officer for the CFIA and Dr. Martine Dubuc is Chief Food Safety Officer for the CFIA.)
Please be respectful BUT:
Demand an answer.
Demand to know why, for the past 20 years, the CFIA have not been enforcing their own regulations.
Demand to know how many horses have died because of their negligence.
Demand to know what changes will be made to ensure that no more horses die, overcrowded in crates so small that they cannot stand in a natural position.
Demand to know why the countries where these horses are shipped to don’t have to report what condition the horses arrive in.
Note: it has recently been revealed by the CFIA that horses originating from Canada arrived dead in Japan in August 2012.
Here’s the link for the October 18, 2012 CHDC news release, “CFIA Fails Again at Enforcing Regulations for Live Horse Exports to Japan”
The video report is here
CTV Saskatoon covered this story on October 30th. Please view it here
Thank you for your work on behalf of the horses!