At the end of last month, the Federal Court in Vancouver heard a ground-breaking case about the way the CFIA, an agency of the Canadian Federal Government, has failed to protect animals. The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC), a non-profit organization that has for years been documenting the live exports of horses overseas by air […]

Dear Friends, A few months ago we surveyed our readership to find out what kinds of fundraising efforts YOU would like to see, to support the CHDC and our registered charity, Marie Dean Horse Protection Initiatives – Canada.  As you are aware, the CHDC has an current need for donations to support our lawsuit against […]

This is your opportunity to cast a vote for the welfare of horses and other animals!    Please keep in mind that no candidate is ever perfect, but we hope that the following information will help you to decide which ones have aspirations that more closely mirror your own. Animal Justice has created a handy […]

In just a few short weeks, Canadians will be electing the next federal government on October 21st. While jobs, health care, pipelines and other mainstream issues are under discussion, we wonder which politicians will provide a voice for horses by supporting legislation to end horse slaughter and live exports for slaughter? Wouldn’t it be nice […]

Dear Supporters, Please share this video provided by our  partners Tierschutzbund and The Animal Welfare Foundation, which depicts the cruelty inflicted on approximately 400 emaciated, dying, and dead horses observed on a pasture near Buenos Aires.  This pasture is a source of horses used to supply horsemeat to EU-approved slaughterhouses. TSB/AWF and the Eurogroup for […]

What is it with government, that a simple question cannot be addressed with a straightforward and truthful response?  Please see the e-mail string below. How easy it would be to say yes or no to the question asked by a concerned citizen. The welfare of horses depends on honest answers, not platitudes about humane treatment! […]

The CHDC has recently obtained documents through Access to Information, regarding Canadian Food Inspection Agency equine inspections performed from October 1 to October 31, 2018 at federally licensed slaughter establishments. Records received were from Bouvry Exports Calgary Ltd., Fort Macleod, Alberta and Viandes Richelieu Inc., Massueville, Quebec. One trailer carrying 11 horses was refused at […]

From time to time we publish letters written by horse advocates.  They may be letters to the editor, or an op-ed piece,  or like the letter we received from Joe Muff of Whitehorse, Yukon, they convey shock and dismay at the discovery of the horse slaughter industry in Canada.  Here’s Joe’s letter to us: “Canadian […]

  Dear Horse Defenders, In just a few short months, Canadians will have an opportunity to choose the next federal government.   While jobs, health care, pipelines and other mainstream issues will be under discussion over the summer, we wonder which politicians will take time to consider the welfare and rights of non-human animals.  Specifically, […]

  A Nanos Poll was taken across Canada in June 2019 by Ottawa, ON lobbying firm, The Parliamentary Group. Findings show that over two-thirds of Canadians say they are uncomfortable or somewhat uncomfortable with the export of horse meat from Canada for human consumption. Nearly seven in ten Canadians say they would support stopping the […]