Quebec Horse Slaughter Plant Resumes Operations

The CHDC has learned from a valuable source that Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation horse slaughter plant (LPN) resumed operations on Thursday, February 23rd.

According to the source, LPN has now modified the plant to enable the use of a rifle instead of a captive bolt gun to stun horses and “obtain better results”.

Horsemeat from LPN is shipped exclusively to Europe and none is sold domestically in Canada.  According to our source, LPN re-opened after completing modifications such as magnet-sealed doors to prevent people from entering the zone while the rifle is fired and the installation of better anti-skid floors to prevent animals from being injured.

The CHDC questions why the facility would resort to the use of a rifle to stun horses prior to slaughter.  As clearly illustrated in footage captured at Viandes Richelieu in 2010 [ http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/chambers-of-carnage.html  – click on video links], the flailing head of a terrified horse is a moving target, and hitting the small area of the equine brain that would render the animal insensible is a difficult maneuver at best. 
Further, for safety reasons, inspectors at Viandes Richelieu at the time were not permitted in the area where horses were being stunned by gunshot, therefore preventing oversight by those responsible to ensure that animals are being humanely treated.

Animal suffering cannot be prevented in an equine slaughter situation, where assembly-line speed and profit are the goals.  Horses are flight animals and difficult if not impossible to restrain when they are very frightened.  They are administered drugs during their lifetimes that are not safe for humans to ingest.

The CHDC calls upon the government of Canada to put an end to the shameful and unsafe practice of killing our noble companion animals for food.

Horse defenders can send their polite messages of concern to:

Stephen Giguere, Manager, Les Viandes de la Petite Nation Inc.
email:  stephane.giguere@taoco.com
Tel:  819.983.7941  
        888.983.2082  
Fax: 819.983.4041 

vpn@taoco.com

Also email: cerfdeboileau@taoco.com

                                                                                           

Mylene Freeman
NDP MP for Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel (Saint-Andre-Avellin is in her riding.)

Hill Office
House of Commons
Ottawa,Ontario
K1A 0A6
Telephone: 613-992-0902
Fax: 613-992-2935
Email: Mylene.Freeman@parl.gc.ca
Web Site: www.mylenefreeman.ndp.ca/

Constituency Office(s)

499-B Principale Street(Main Office)
Lachute, Québec
J8H 1Y4
Telephone: 450-562-0737
Fax: 450-562-2527

149 Main Street
Saint-André-Avellin, Québec
J0V 1W0
Telephone: 819-983-1577
Fax: 819-983-1851

                                                                                            

Mayor Therese Whissell, Mayor of Saint-Andre-Avellin
http://www.ville.st-andre-avellin.qc.ca/
Téléphone : 819 983-6378
Courriel/email : maire@ville.st-andre-avellin.qc.ca

                                                                                             

Hon. Gerry Ritz
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
781 Confederation Bldg., House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Email: Ritz.G@parl.gc.ca
Website:www.gerryritzmp.com

E-mail: gerry.ritz@parl.gc.ca
Tel: 613-995-7080
Fax: 613-996-8472

                                                                                             

Dr. Martin Appelt, Manager Meat Programs, Martin.Appelt@inspection.gc.ca

                                                                                            

Dr. Gord Doonan, CFIA Senior Staff Veterinarian, Gordon.Doonan@inspection.gc.ca

                                                                                           

Dr. Brian Evans, Chief Food Safety and Veterinary Officer for Canada, Brian.Evans@inspection.gc.ca

Mr. George Da Pont, President
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Rd., Tower 1, Floor 6
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9
Website: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/toce.shtml
Tel: 613-773-6000; Fax: 613-773-6060

21 comments

  1. Lee Earnshaw · ·

    Maybe we need to start informing the Europeans and Japanese public about the high content of cancer-causing medications in horses from North America, where probably 90% have been given dewormer, bute, and or nitrofurazone wound ointment prior to arriving at slaughter houses, and only 1% of meat is tested for consumer consumption safety purposes…let them know that even the dog food factories find this meat too dangerous for dogs to consume.

  2. Laundalee · ·

    Just the picture of the horses in this peace causes my heart to break. Draft horses who no doubt worked very hard for their owners..just to end up like this. Heartless heartless world.

  3. sick sick cruel and the people that can do this ICE IN YOUR VEINS. How can you kill them. You must not look into there eyes. Your “HEARTLESS” Shut the “Death Holes Down”

  4. I’s the same here in the US. The politicians here are paid off not to vote for any of the anti-slaughter bills that have been brought up. The senators are the dirty ones excepting thousands of dollars in bribery money which is called donations to their reelection campaigns. All perfectly legal. The House of Representatives seem to be trying to do the right thing because there is at least 165 of them that has cosponsored bill H.R.2966. While on the Senate side only 25 have cosponsored. So you can see who the good guys are.
    I believe that if the two bills is ever passed it would stop US horses from going to Canada which would more than cut in half the number of horses being killed in all of the slaughter plants in Canada. I believe it could shut down a few of them. Without US horses crossing the border every day the plants wouldn’t have enough business to stay open because Canada simply does not produce enough horses to kill.

  5. I think I am going to puek. You have to mark the spot on a horses head from what I have found through research then hit that spot where the two lines cross. Either way, stop killing horses so cruelly. I stood out at the protest on Feb 20th at La Palette and was surprised how many people do NOT know this goes on in the stupid country. In France they raise the Comtois for meat. They want horse meat let them all go get their own over there and stop killing all our innocents that people think are discardables. Our horses are wanted it is just stupid dumb ass owners and breeders! They aren’t a Bic lighter to be used, abused and thrown away for Pete’s sakes! I can’t wait to move and take in rescues along with my own 6 rescues that are mine forever and ever. Canada should be ashamed and I am ashamed to have been born here.

    1. 2fasthorses · ·

      Very well said! Wish I could have been there with you at the protest. We adopted 2 OTTB ten years ago and they have enriched our lives. No place for horse slaughter not now not ever!

  6. We all know that the basis for the sale of anything at all is — the law of SUPPLY and DEMAND. We’re trying to fight against horse slaughter from the wrong end. As long as there is DEMAND……someone will profit by SUPPLYing that demand. So, in my mind, we should aim our efforts at the “eaters of horse meat”….

    Use Facebook and other social media sites to post to Europe and other areas that routinely consume horse meat. Let them – the eaters of horse meat – know the facts: The drugs and chemicals that are in that horse meat they’re eating; The high adrenalin content resulting from brutal killing of terrified animals. Horse meat should not be consumed by humans……..or dogs!!! Let’s try this approach. REDUCE DEMAND!!!

    Here’s a post to use to send to your European and Asian FB friends. You can use http://www.translate.google.com to translate it into the language of the country to which you are posting.

    “Would you feed your family a nice Pot Roast made from freshly slaughtered horse meat with potatoes, onions and carrots, that also contains Tolazoline Hydrochloride, Ketoprofen, Xylazine Hydrochloride, Hyaluronate Sodium, Phenylbutazone, Omeprazole, Ivermectin, Acepromazine Maleate, and Boldenone Undecylenate?”

    1. shoshone · ·

      You are dead on Marsha. No foreign market – no profit and the end of horse meat for human consumption.

    2. Also those drugs are banned in food for human consumption !

  7. Are you kidding me? The have taken GIANT steps towards making it more humane yet you are still complaining about it. Also a rifle IS a better choice. The more powerful it is the larger that spot is. So please RESEARCH before you post drivel like this.

    1. Horses should not be slaughtered for human consumption, no matter how humane it is. It’s disgusting and unnecessary. You don’t eat dogs just because they get old, do you?

  8. It is a horror to know what some people consider humane treatment of animals. I will write to the politicians as suggested and hope more people do as well.

  9. Laura Eklund · ·

    My heart hurts when I think how these horses have served humans so loyally only to end up in such a way. Horse slaughter is not only inhumane it is unhealthy!!! Do people not realize what chemicals they are putting in their bodies? Horses ARE NOT meant to be eaten! They are pets, performance and race horses and as such have been subject to many antibiotic and anti-inflammatory injections. People who think ingesting horsemeat is a healthy practice should learn how the fda feels about “bute”. If people can’t accept the inhumanity of horse slaughter maybe they would have a change of attitude if they learned how unhealthy consumption of horse meat really is!

    1. Gwen Stevens · ·

      Exactly, it’s inhumane and unhealthy! Totally unacceptable!

      1. Gwen Stevens · ·

        “Your comment is awaiting moderation” was not my comment.

      2. Gwen Stevens · ·

        Can anyone tell me why it says, Your comment is awaiting moderation”?

      3. Hi, Gwen. When you’re new to submitting comments to a blog on WordPress it has to go to the host of the blog to be approved.

  10. john clark · ·

    HUMANS ARE SO HORRIBLE. THE FACILITY AND OWNERS ARE NO BETTER THAN HITLER. HERE WE HAVE DEFENSELESS FOUR LEGGED CREATURES AND THESE BASTARDS COULD NOT CARE LESS ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. THEIR GOAL IS MONEY AND POWER.

  11. SHUT DOWN THESE HELL HOLES IS RIGHT. THE PEOPLE IN EUROPE ARE ALSO IGNORANT . HELL WONT BE HOT ENOUGH FOR THE PEOPLE INVOLVED.

  12. mary bradley · ·

    Hurry up CANADA AND SHUT THESE HELL HOLES DOWN!!!!!

  13. shoshone · ·

    unbelievable!

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