Dr Evans of the CFIA responds

Further to our posting of the January 5, 2012 Open Letter to the CFIA, Sinikka Crosland received a reply from Dr. Brian Evans of the CFIA which caused her to write again for clarification.  The emails are shown below:

 —– Original Message —–

From: Brian Evans

To: Sinikka Crosland ; Gordon Doonan ; Martin Appelt

Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2012 7:58 AM

Subject: Open letter to CFIA re: horse slaughter violations & tracking system deficiencies

 Dear Sinikka Crosland

Thank you for your email of January 4th seeking information with respect to the assessment conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency of the recently released video taken in July 2011 at a federally licensed horse slaughter plant in Quebec, information on the review being undertaken into the quality of information associated with a number of Equine Identification Documents and whether the CFIA is taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of meat produced.

I have shared the scope of your inquiry with Operations and Program Branch at both the national level and in the Operational Area of Quebec that have conducted the assessment and related investigations and asked for their timely preparation and forwarding of the requested information.

Let me again personally thank you for your interest in the humane treatment and duty of care for animals inCanada.

Dr. Brian Evans
(613) 773-5236 / (613) 773-5763
Brian.Evans@inspection.gc.ca 
Facsimile / Telecopieur : (613) 773-6060

Chief Veterinary Officer/ Veterinaire en chef

Chief Food Safety Officer/

Chef de la salubrite des aliments
Delegate of Canada to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)/Delegue du Canada aupres de l’Organisation Mondiale de la Sante Animale (OIE)

Office of the President/Bureau du President
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments
1400 Merivale Road , Ottawa ON K1A 0Y9
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
http://www.inspection.gc.ca

 >>> “Sinikka Crosland” <sinikka@defendhorsescanada.org> 1/6/2012 11:50 am >>>

Dear Dr. Evans,

I very much appreciate your prompt response and the measures you have taken to conduct an assessment of the evidence provided.  Please clarify as to whether this assessment will include the animal welfare concerns that clearly come to light in the footage, or exclusively the Equine Identification Documents?

I have received numerous e-mails from the general public since yesterday – people who have viewed the footage online and are appalled that the CFIA cannot acknowledge the numerous mis-hits and animal suffering that took place during stunning at the Quebec plant. 

When the evidence is so plain to see, citizens are not likely to believe what they are told by government officials whose job it is to ensure that suffering does not take place.  They will believe what they see with their own eyes.  Surely this blatant denial on the part of the CFIA will not increase public confidence in the agency and will, in fact, result in a serious loss of credibility unless it is rectified.

 Regards,

Sinikka Crosland  

 —– Original Message —–

From: Brian Evans

To: Sinikka Crosland ; Gordon Doonan ; Martin Appelt

Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 9:48 AM

Subject: Re: Open letter to CFIA re: horse slaughter violations & tracking system deficiencies

Dear Sinikka Crosland

Thank you for your follow up email and I apologize for any lack of clarity in my interim reply to you?.

I have requested that all matters raised in your open letter be responded to which includes the animal welfare concerns related to humane slaughter in addition to the two other concerns/questions posed related to the Equine Identification Documents and the food safety determination.

 Kind regards 

Dr. Brian Evans
(613) 773-5236 / (613) 773-5763
Brian.Evans@inspection.gc.ca 
Facsimile / Telecopieur : (613) 773-6060

Chief Veterinary Officer/ Veterinaire en chef

Chief Food Safety Officer/

Chef de la salubrite des aliments
Delegate of Canada to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)/Delegue du Canada aupres de l’Organisation Mondiale de la Sante Animale (OIE)

Office of the President/Bureau du President
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments
1400 Merivale Road , Ottawa ON K1A 0Y9
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
http://www.inspection.gc.ca

8 comments

  1. […] https://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/dr-evans-of-the-cfia-responds/ which prompted Ms. Crosland to write again for further verification, with Dr. Evans responding again on January 6th.  (See the full email string on the above link.)  Dr. Evans stated, “I have requested that all matters raised in your open letter be responded to which includes the animal welfare concerns related to humane slaughter in addition to the two other concerns/questions posed related to the Equine Identification Documents and the food safety determination”.  At the date of this update, no further response has been received yet. […]

  2. […] https://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/dr-evans-of-the-cfia-responds/ which prompted Ms. Crosland to write again for further verification, with Dr. Evans responding again on January 6th.  (See the full email string on the above link.)  Dr. Evans stated, “I have requested that all matters raised in your open letter be responded to which includes the animal welfare concerns related to humane slaughter in addition to the two other concerns/questions posed related to the Equine Identification Documents and the food safety determination”.  At the date of this update, no further response has been received yet. […]

  3. DENNIS DAVEY · ·

    go to the CFIA revisions to track horses,you have to be blind not to realize there simply not creditable, is based on a honour system that is wide open to fraud. No one can guarantee with any certainty that meat exported is free of drugs administered to HORSES The retoric spin and gobble gook of the CFIA and owners of these slaughter houses is an insult to a persons intelligence.
    WHAT PART OF STOP HORSE SLAUGHTER DO THESE PEOPLE NOT UNDERSTAND?

  4. shoshone · ·

    Government officials shut their eyes and cover for each other. Who wouldn’t want a government pension or a crack at the senate. The consumers of our tainted meat in Europe have to become more aware of the cover-ups that are going on. Horses in Canada can’t be traced so how horses from the U.S.

  5. Barb3000 · ·

    This man knows all about the cruelty and what is going on about the ID’s of the horses from the US. They are well aware of the fact that none of the US horses can be tracked at all. They want to keep the slaughter plants running no matter what the health costs to the unaware consumers in Europe are. Follow the money.

  6. I am ashamed of you doctor evans.

  7. linda badham · ·

    THERE CAN NEVER PEACE ON EARTH WHILE ANIMALS ARE BEING SLAUGHTERED, USED, ABUSED AND VIOLENCE USED TOWARD THEM !

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