Report from Marie Dean, CHDC:
The conflict continued this weekend outside of La Palette restaurant inToronto. The respect for the horse was presented on both Friday and Saturday.
For a few short moments in time I felt the world was lost. I felt the presence of darkness. Supporters of La Palette expressed their hatred of animal welfare and their dark souls enlightened us with their joy of cruelty towards other living creatures. The kindness that gleams from horse welfare helped to make the experience bearable. Again, I am engulfed with sadness from these encounters. Can it really be possible that individuals care only about their own existence?
Toronto citizens again showed their support and signed our petition to end horse slaughter, and walked away with such disbelief that a country as wonderful as Canada could take part in such a despicable act. Making it even worse was that a restaurant was taking part as well in the injustice – has the world gone mad? The owner of La Palette was in conversation on the Friday with a radio station that wanted to air both views, so hopefully La Palette is weighing the opinion of the Humane Society International/Canada.
Why does La Palette require an item that causes such an outrage to Canadians?
The discussion this weekend with Torontonians was multiculturalism. It is an area that horse welfare is uncomfortable discussing because our intention is not to offend. Statements were heard from Torontonians like “When in Europe do as the Europeans do – the same should apply in Canada”, “If you want horsemeat go back to Europe”. The fear was expressed from the citizens of Toronto, that if horsemeat is allowed, then what will be next dogs and cats? They feel burdened by the exposure of animal cruelty, an example being they have just dealt with the cruelty issues of shark fins, which are now banned in the city of Toronto? Which leads us to the question, why is Canada offending its citizens by killing the horse?
The owner of La Palette is known for his good deeds towards his community. Maybe he should embrace the majority instead of opposing?
Why does the government not protect the large companion animal? The horse is a big animal and is not found in many backyards. Yet, most Canadians respect the horse for his contribution to mankind and the growth and well-being to Canadians and Canada. Horses contribute greatly to the Canadian economy. Horse slaughter is Canada’s shame.
The lack of compassion and the desire for more and the pursuit of money at any cost are the roots of evil and the main source of unhappiness in the human being.
And so it is today: the irresponsible horse owner does not care because of money; the auction house does not care; the kill buyer does not care; the slaughter plant does not care; the Canadian government does not care and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency does not care because of money. And so it is today, La Palette restaurant does not care because of money. Our equine friends have been greatly betrayed. The injustice continues.
And so it is today, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition and their supporters CARE because the equine deserves so much more, and for us the horse means much more than money. We promise to continue to campaign to end the mass slaughter of horses in Canada. We welcome the support of organizations and individuals throughout the world who believe that horses, having shared our walk from “barbarism to civilization”, deserve a special place in modern culture.
This conflict encompasses much more than a street fight. This battle is a reflection of the unfair conditions played out in all 4 equine slaughter plants in Canada. This battle is a reflection of how poorly the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has dealt with horse welfare and food safety in this country. The same conflicts were played out in the United States and are still the cause of extreme distress and concerns. In a “fair” government the majority rules, YET the majority of Canadians and Americans are opposed to horse slaughter. The only way this conflict will really be won, is when the government debates this issue in Parliament. We need to take the battle off the streets and into the Parliament building. I/WE challenge the government to debate this issue immediately!