Calgary Airport protest about the live horse shipments

Trailers with draft horses lined up beside WestJet's head office in Calgary.

Trailers with draft horses lined up beside WestJet’s head office in Calgary.

Yesterday’s protest event was well-attended with advocates bringing more awareness to this issue.

There was good coverage from media including the Calgary Herald as well as CTV and CBC .

Our congratulations to the Calgary and Lethbridge Animal Rights groups for getting this out there!

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Ban Live Horse Exports Protest

On Thursday, April 16, 2015 there will be the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Airport Authority (YYC) at the Calgary Aerospace Museum, 4629 McCall Way N.E. in Calgary, Alberta.

pic4 A group of animal advocates will be protesting Calgary’s live horse exports to Japan during this meeting.

You can find more information on their Facebook site here.

Please consider contacting the Board of Directors with regard to ending the shipment of live horses to Japan.

Here is a list of the current Board.

You can contact them through this comment form.

OR contact the Chairman of the Board, David Swanson, at this email.

For more information on these live horse shipments to Japan please go here.


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Refuge RR – One Of Canada’s Oldest Animal Sanctuaries Is In Need Of Funds

Refuge rr expensesRefuge RR,  located in Alexandria Ontario,  has been around since 1990 and is one of Canada’s oldest running animal sanctuaries.   The refuge is 100% non-profit and with an incredible 250 animals to care for, it’s also one of Canada’s largest sanctuaries.

The sanctuary is currently home to about 80 horses along with cats, dogs, rats, pigs, cows, miniature ponies, grouses, ducks, geese, swans, pigeons, chickens, rabbits etc.   Refuge RR takes on animals who have been severely neglected and abused and also those heading to slaughter.

Please donate if you can by following the link.  All amounts welcome!

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Discussions With Penticton Indian Band Ongoing To Reduce Horses Wandering In City

PIB horseHorse advocate and rescuer Theresa Nolet continues to battle for protection of the Penticton Indian Band horses in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley.  Ms. Nolet has repeatedly offered to fundraise for the contraceptive vaccine PZP which some members of the PIB were trained in using in 2009.   In 2014,  Nolet spoke with members of the PIB and offered to help raise funds for a pilot project using PZP on Dolly Kruger’s herd but her offer was rejected.

Her letter to the editor of the Penticton Herald newspaper is posted here and a response from Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen representative Michael Brydon can be accessed here.

The RDOS web page contains a field for your comments.

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Equine Canada/CFIA Developing Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard

secure farmThe plan, which you can view here, includes such topics as:

  • biosecurity on the farm
  • transmission of pathogenic/zoonotic disease
  • infection prevention
  • herd management
  • emergency records
  • perimeter fencing
  • property management
  • feeding and watering
  • deadstock and pasture management
  • movement within “biosecure zones,” “controlled access zones,” and “secure zones”

We always encourage horse owners and other stakeholders to give feedback on policies that will affect them.  Feedback on the standards can be provided to Equine Canada by emailing Julie Cull (, Equine Canada’s Project Manager, Equine Development and Participation.

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Proper Animal Transport Guidelines Good Investment For Livestock Producers

photo-Western ProducerAlthough the CHDC does not consider horses to be “livestock” the poor transport conditions apply to slaughter-bound horses as well as the poor, spent cull cows discussed in this Western Producer article.
horses on transport


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Horse People Meetup Group

The first Horse People Meetup group was held on Sunday March 29th, 2015 at the Royal Canadian Riding Academy near Newmarket Ontario.  An enthusiastic group of concerned horse welfare advocates turned out for an informative session and a chance to network and discuss ideas on how to do more to help horses.

S_Grainger_speakingShelley Grainger, Eastern Region Director for the CHDC, gave a video presentation, provided information packages, and presented a revealing look at the present issues facing anti-slaughter advocates.

Organizer Melissa Monteith said, “Thank you to a great group of people who dedicated their time and energy this afternoon to talk about abolishing slaughter, building rescue networks, and increasing awareness with the public and within the equine community.”


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