Politically Incorrect – Alberta politicians and horse slaughter

Politically incorrect.

Recently I was told that I should bring up the subject of horse slaughter at the political forum that was held on April 16th 2012 in Coaldale, Alberta by Little Bow NDP candidate Bev Muendel-Atherstone, where she along with Everett Tanis (Liberal), John Kolk (PC) & Ian Donovan (Wildrose) also Little Bow candidates.

Time was limited, our questions had to be short & the candidates were only allowed about 1 minute to answer them, so I decided to just get to the point & ask them where they stood on Alex Atamanenko’s Bill C-322. All four of them said that they support horse slaughter. Here is how they responded to my question;

 John Kolk (PC)

“This is from the provincial  side of things, but I would not be in favour of supporting that (Bill C322),  the animals that we work with & there are all kinds of animal agriculture in Alberta, I would be supportive of animal agriculture & I will continue to be supportive of animal agriculture, that it’s done with respect to those animals & it’s done with proper care, I think those are important & we certainly have those rules in the (inaudible) jurisdiction.”

 Everett Tanis (Liberal)

“Hi, I wasn’t born here but we come from different cultures. We ate horse meat & it’s a food producing animal, whether it’s a horse or a cow or a chicken, there’s a difference because horse is man’s best friend, much like a dog but we don‘t eat dog meat (inaudible), but I will not support the stop of slaughter of horses. It’s done in a properly, humane manner. Thank you.”

 Bev Muendel-Atherstone (NDP) 

“We’ve had horses, we’ve loved horses, I’ve ridden horses & we’ve had horses who broke their legs & had to be put down, we’ve had all kinds of situations with horses. I think that this is a federal law that you’re talking about, so that should be brought up during the federal election,  but I agree with the other two gentlemen here that as long as it’s done in a humane way & that we give the um, that we take care of our wild horses & we take care of the horses that we have, umm, unless, I mean I’d like to read this bill but as you’ve raised it, uh, I think that we have to leave this up to the vets & have the veterinarian inspection systems, they can look after this & ensure that the horses are not, are not stressed when they are shot or they’re killed but at this point I have no reason that there’s anything wrong with this bill, unless you tell me why. Thank you.”

 Ian Donovan (Wildrose)

“In a, the federal issue, I haven’t actually read this bill so I hate to make to many comments when I haven’t done any background on it. I agree with the other candidates here, We’re all, we’re looking towards the proper way of disposal & to make sure that it’s humane at all times. Thank you for your question.”

I was so disgusted that I took the buttons I had on my coat, in support of Bev Muendel-Atherton & then I got up & walked out. When I got home, I immediately removed my lawn & signs that I had supporting Bev Muendel-Atherton & threw them straight into the garbage. 

Once I calmed down, I decided to email all of them, so they could see for themselves the realities of horse slaughter (I have included it at the bottom if you are interested in reading it, along with the replies I have gotten thus far). I made sure to go into detail, so everything was crystal clear & I provided them with links to the undercover investigations, the video of the horse dealer that came forward & confessed to the horrors horses are subjected to & the letter Alex Atamanenko wrote to Mr. George Da Pont, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

 So far, I have only heard back from John Kolk & Bev Muendel-Atherton. John Kolk completely brushed it all off, while Bev Muendel-Atherton went with trying to change the subject. I replied back to both, calling them out on the fact that neither one of them even bothered to click on a single link, because their attitude towards horse slaughter would change drastically if they were to do even the most minimal amount of research.

It makes my blood boil to know that all the candidates support horse slaughter & actually believe that it’s done correctly & humanely. I’m so over the ignorance towards the truth. The fact that none of them (as of yet) have bothered to look into the information that I have sent them, proves that they are just as sick as the rest of the people who are living lavishly off the blood money they receive.  

We need to force the Government to do the right thing, we must let them know that we will not allow our horses to be tortured, abused, maimed & killed in the most barbaric way, we will not tolerate them purposely poisoning people, just to make a buck. The time has come for them to get their heads out of their asses & smarten the hell up. 

The Government needs to be held accountable for their irresponsible & selfish decisions & actions. The time for excuses, wool pulling, head in the sand & cover up’s are over. If they claim to not want to sell tainted beef, chicken, pork, etc, than they sure as hell shouldn’t be allowing tainted horse meat to be sold & exported. It’s common sense, but they have none. They need to start understanding that if it weren’t for the people who voted for them, they would not be where they are, therefore they better start listening to us. 

Horse meat, as well all know already, will never be safe to eat, there has never been & will never be any possible way to ensure that horses who were givenBute, wont enter the food chain. There will never be a way to humanely euthanize a horse in a slaughter plant & no one will ever care about their well being during transport. 

We all get it, so why doesn’t anyone who can do something about it get it? When will they stop wanting to profit from making people sick? 

They can not say that they are unaware of the truth, because I have provided them with the answers. 

Here are the emails.

Due to the time limit when asking questions at the forum held in Coaldale last night, I could not get into the details, this will tell you about the importance of why horse slaughter must be ended in Canada, as well as the import & export of horse into & out of Canada for the purpose of slaughter.
This email is filled with facts, not accusations, myths, beliefs & theories, but actual facts. 
I hope this helps you to better understand that horse slaughter is in fact not done correctly & is so far from humane. There is no need for it, as I have said before, only 16% of the entire world’s population eat horse meat, so unlike beef, chicken, pork, etc, there is no demand high enough for it to be considered a necessity. 

The law states that every horse that goes to slaughter MUST be accompanied with their original papers, to show their medical history & if they had been given drugs that are banned by the FDA & CFIA in animals intended for human consumption, yet this is impossible & rarely the case since so many horses have gone through multiple owners, are bought at auction & have even been stolen. 

The most common drug that is given to horses, is Bute(Phenylbutazone) which is an analgesic (relieves pain) and anti-inflammatory medication, that is as common in horses, as aspirin is to people. The warning label reads; Health risks. Humans should not inhale or ingest Bute. Wash hands immediately after administering Bute. In humans, bone marrow, renal, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal side effects are associated with use of Phenylbutazone.
Bute is a drug that is not only banned in animals intended for human consumption, but a drug that never leaves the system once it had been administered. Tests may say that the carcass is free of Bute, but the tests is not done on the part of the carcass where Bute can be found (in the Kidneys). Therefore, no amount of guaranteeing a horse that has ever had Bute given to them, will ever make their meat safe to eat. Racehorses are also commonly sent to slaughter plants & we know they are given Bute, as is the case with any privately owned horse.
There has never been & never will be any way possible to ensure that horses going to slaughter, for the purpose of human consumption, are free of drugs such as Bute, yet no one in the Government seems to care. Why? Because horse slaughter is a great way to pad their wallets? That must be it, because there is not one benefit to horse slaughter, that isn’t monetary & that is only for those who benefit directly from the slaughter industry, which is only the people who are involved with horse slaughter (buyers, transporters, people in the plant, horse racing, PMU farms, Nurse mares, etc.) & the Government.
So I ask you, why is it not ok to allow consumers to eat tainted pork, beef, chicken, turkey or fish, but it is perfectly acceptable to allow consumers to eat tainted horse meat.

I do understand that there are still people who do not know the realities of horse slaughter, but with all of the information out there & how easily it can be accessed, the time for excuses, wool pulling, head in the sand & cover up’s are over, it is time for action & the majority of Canadians, as well as many other people in many other countries, are demanding that horse slaughter be abolished once & for all. We will not be quiet & we will not stop, until horse slaughter & the import/export of horses for slaughter has been banned, forever.

Its the voters who put you into office & once there it is not only your job, it is your responsibly to listen to the people who put their trust in you.
Thank you for taking the time to really look into these truths. 

I will begin with a link to a letter from Alex Atamanenko to Mr. George Da Pont, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)


I am just extremely passionate about ending the needless horse slaughter. I am adding links to videos that I really do hope you will take the time to view. I am also including the video of the former killer buyer, who confessed to the horrors the horses go through during transport to the slaughter plants.

I understand that this is just one person saying these things, but this is common practice with kill buyers & transporters.

I do understand that some people think the undercover investigations were faked, which I can assure you were not. There is no way possible to fake such inhumane practices. I also understand that many can not bring themselves to view these videos, but I beg of you to do so. I have seen every one of them & through the tears of my broken heart & infuriating rage, I managed to pull myself together & fight even harder to stop this. If you were to watch these or even read the reports, I promise you that you will agree that this is not even sort of ok.

Another point I am desperately trying to make is that horse meat is extremely unsafe for human consumption & these investigations do prove it. Just read the reports aboutButealone. I will let you get on with your day, I just ask that you please have enough heart to look at this, watch the videos & read the reports. By getting behind Bill C-322 & helping to end horse slaughter, it will not only save our horses, it will save human lives & be a part of history.

I will start with the most recent investigation (July 13 & 14. 2011), followed by the older ones & finally the testimony of a former killer buyer. Below the link to the 3 heart-wrenching & extremely unjust videos on the CHDC page “Chambers of Carnage”, you can read the reports of the veterinarians who viewed this atrocity & wrote reports on it. I know that it was said during that forum that if there was something that could be heard from veterinarians, then views about horse slaughter may change, well as you will see, there are detailed reports by qualified veterinarians, who have spoken out about what they have seen, what they know & why horse slaughter is not only inhumane, but dangerous to the people who work in the slaughter plants, as well as the consumers who eat horse meat.



Part 1.

Part 2.

Again, thank you for your time.

Joie Bilodeau.


John Kolk’s reply

Thanks for clarifying which bill that was and which jurisdiction
Here is my reply to John.
You’re welcome. Maybe one day you will click on the links & see the truth about horse slaughter, I’d be really interested in how you feel about it afterwards.

Here is Bev Muendel-Atherstone’s reply;

Hi Joie,

Thanks so much for your extensive e-mail about horse slaughter and the realities of it.

You are correct about Bill C-322; it is a federal bill as a private bill introduced by

Alex Atmanenko who you mention is a M.P. for BC southern Interior. All Members of

Parliament are Federal representatives of their ridings.  The federal representative for

Lethbridgeand Coaldale is Mr. Jim Hillyar.  His office is in downtownLethbridge.

Lethbridgeand area residents voted for him last year in the Federal election;

Mr. Hillyar represents the Conservative Party, the same as the Prime Minister,

Stephen Harper.

Thanks again for your concern and interest in the horse slaughter issue.

Bev Muendel-Atherstone, Little Bow NDP Candidate

My reply back to Bev;

I must apologize once again, when listening to the video that was taken of your response to my question about Bill C-322, you said you would have to read the Bill, I should have sent you a copy. I will give you a link to it, so you may do so. I do hope that you will really look into this & see for yourself, the reality of it all. 

Thank you for taking the time to look at my email, I am sure however, that if you had taken a look at the videos, your view of horse slaughter would drastically change. If not for the inhumane aspects of horse slaughter, then at least for the health issues associated with horse meat.
It is impossible to say you are an avid horse lover, while supporting the torture, abuse & horrific way in which they are so inhumanely & improperly killed at the slaughter plants, not to mention the torture & fear they go through during transport. Many horses are horribly injured, downed & even killed during transport. 
You are the one who told me about that forum in Coaldale & that I should come there & bring up the subject of horse slaughter. I told you as you were handing me the signs & buttons that I felt we had to get NDP in office because you are the only party who want to end horse slaughter & who actually realize that it’s poisoning people.

You just stood there & said “Yea, absolutely”, but once asked in front of the towns people what your stand on horse slaughter was, you said “As long as it’s done in a humane way & we take care of our wild horses & to leave it up to the vets & have the veterinarian inspection systems look after it & ensure that they are not stressed when they are shot or killed, but at this point you have no reason to believe that there is anything wrong with this Bill. 
Well, I have provided you with more than you have asked for, to prove to you that those horses ARE in fact stressed when shot & killed, yet I know by your reply that you have not even looked at any of it.
Well I did & I must be honest, when I heard that you support horse slaughter, I lost a lot of respect for you. I am not the only one who was surprised to hear that an NDP was for horse slaughter, everyone I have spoken to since, have all been shocked.
As for Jim Hillyer, I had lost respect for him long ago, when I had first brought this to his attention & he not only ignored my emails, he had one of his aids doing the dirty work for him. If I wanted someone’s aid to view the videos & look at the facts, I would address my emails & letters to them. I have sent numerous emails to Jim Hillyer, only to hear back from one of his aids & I was told that Mr. Hillyer has no interest in viewing the facts & that he was waiting for the next reading of Bill C-322 before he makes his decision on whether he if for or against horse slaughter, that time has come & gone & he still refuses to say a word. As far as I am concerned, if an elected official does not care about such serious matters & ones that most Canadians are against, than he is of no use to me, or to Canada.

Thank you;



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  4. What you are describing is exactly what is going on in the US. Over the past three years I have sent the video to my Reps and Senators even one to Pres Obama. My Rep signed on to cosponsor anti-slaughter Bill H.R.2966 after he saw the Video. For three years I tried to get him to cosponsor a earlier bill but all he would say was if it was brought up he would vote for it until he got a load of what happens in the Canada horse slaughter plants. So sending out the video’s along with the information on the drugs and what happens when horse slaughter comes to town does make a difference. In my state of Washington along with my rep there are 5 more state reps that have signed on to cosponsor before there were lucky to be two. If most the Senate would sign on to cosponsor S.1176 we would have enough to get it to the floor. But the US Senators are paid off by lobbyists from the racing industry, Quarter Horse industry, cattlemen and numerous other special interests. So I don’t know what will happen here.

    I also send the video and information to any Governor and city council members in whose state I and many others get wind of someone thinking of starting up a horse slaughter plant. So far there has been two that have been stopped because of our efforts. I am a member of equinewelfarealliance.org

    We have to be constantly on the lookout for these horse killers looking to make a fast buck. What I have set up in order to get the information in the mail is I have a stack of CD’s copied from
    http://defendhorsescanada.org/chambersofcarnage sitting on a table along with a stack of printed information on the drugs and mailers. I also send a cover letter and I have to print up the addresses to go on the mailer. i gave up on emails long ago these people have to see up close and personal whats going on. This is the best and fastest way to do it from home. In the US it costs about $ 3.00 each to mail and it’s worth every dime.

  5. shoshone · ·

    For the first time that I know of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition has the ball really rolling on the horse slaughter issue in Canada. If the rest of us could recruit enough support to pass the information along throughout Canada and the U.S. we could reduce the market for horse meat and end horse slaughter for human consumption. No market = no profit.

    So glad you’re with us Joie.


    Joie good for you, especially in a PUBLIC forum GREAT. I have written at least twenty Politicans and CFIA President George Da Pont as well as several letters to CFIA Veterinary Officer Dr. Brian Evans. I have written two Federal Conserative MP in my area at least three times each. They are Dave VanKesteren and Jeff Watson. THEIR REPLY TO MY LETTERS NONE. I have asked George Da Pont when Alanna Devine of the CSPCA can expect the written report on the Dec 2011 investigation so that she can make it PUBLIC NO REPLY TO DATE. The only replies i have got are from NDP Brian Masse Madam Turmel NDP and Alex Atamanenko NDP, all three have clearly stated they will vote in favor of billc322. Clyde Bouvry from Alberta, surprise Harper from Alberta, also a Conserative who is no longer an MP from Quebec provided two million dollars of PUBLIC money to retrofit Quebec plant to slaughter Horses. I firmely believe the only way this will stop in Canada is for the United States to pass a bill sitting in their congress sooner rather than later.I also firmely believe that Harper wuold set up slaughter for homeless dogs and cats if they could sell them by the pound to Asia if the price was right.

  7. Absolutely FKing amazing. I am not feeling real good about Canada’s stand on this. Do you guys have anyone in the anti slaughter corner?

  8. Poor Ginger · ·

    As I understand it, the only way Alberta is “taking care” of its wild horses is by handing out free permits to capture them and send them to salughter. Am I missing something here?

  9. Heather · ·

    Everyone needs to link Alex’s petition and the videos on the social media and get the word out. We need to get petitions signed especially whenvever elections are at hand….remember we can speak with our votes and as long as candidates know this is how the majority feels maybe they will change their attitudes

    1. I totally agree.

  10. Teresa Heaney · ·

    Please keep up your efforts no matter how frustrating. The videos must be made more public so people can see the reality of horse transport and slaughter. Teresa

    1. Believe me, I have no plans of backing off. As long as there is horse slaughter & I have a heartbeat, I will fight.

      I think the best way to get the videos to be seen by a wider audience, is to post them everywhere. Share them on facebook, email them to whoever you know, etc. If we all did that, imagine how many people would see the truth.

  11. Thank you Joie, you really gave them all the facts, what courage you have. I live in colorado, and doing whatever i can to educate the people about horse slaughter, we have a politician paul j brown, who still i believes and buys and sells, he is in ignacio co., what a sick old man he is, thank you for all your hard work, we will not stop.

    1. You’re welcome & thank you!
      I often wonder how some people (those who believe horse slaughter is humane, necessary, safe for the consumers, etc.despite all the facts), are able to live as long as they do without a brain :/

  12. Good for you Joie. All we can do is provide people with the facts. And the facts are ugly. And Canada looks bad. And our government looks bad. And horses suffer terribly. The problem with the human species is that when they know the facts, it means they have to change, sometimes that is too difficult. In my Canada, NDP, whether provincial or federal, stands for justice! Bill C-322 stands for the truth, stands for justice! Keep up the fabulous work!

    1. Thank you Marie 😀
      You are so right, we need to educate those who are unaware & help the others unlearn all that they’ve been told.

      I feel the same way, I am still quite shocked that our NDP candidate supports horse slaughter. I just have to keep telling myself that she is only one NDP who is Pro-slaughter supporter out of so many anti-slaughter NDP’s.

      1. andalvin1962 · ·

        Yeah, but, we’ve had the interim leader of the NDP say that the party is against slaughter, at least at the Federal level.

  13. shoshone · ·

    Great work Joie. The great majority of people in Canada do not know that horse slaughter exists. The whole dirty secret has been kept quiet for some 40 years or more with only those people involved in horses knowing about it. Alberta is the leading producer of slaughter bound horses but they don’t broadcast that fact…

    The whole food system is corrupt with money being the only object. A video on You tube shows catfish farming on the Meekong river in Vietnam. Millions of pounds of this contaminated fish are shipped around the world (UK and U.S. included) with less than 2% ever being inspected. The river is nothing but a sewer.

    The sooner more billboards are up the better.

    1. Thank you shoshone!
      That’s why we need to get the word out as much as possible, The more people we reach, the harder it is going to be for the Government to continue getting away with this.

      It’s all about the money. The way they see it, is that they are not the ones being poisoned, so why not profit from it while they can. It doesn’t even matter what is making people sick because money & money.

      I agree about the billboards. I was just telling my husband lastnight that I would love to have one put up right at the end of the properties Claude Bouvry owns, including his concentration camps, one or two near &/or in Lethbridge & another close to his un-permitted, illegal confined feeding operation in the Willow Creek area.
      (Bouvry has violated AOPA by failing to obtain a registration for the CFO or, alternatively, by failing to obtain an authorization for the manure storage facility and/or manure collection area components of the overall facility. Without a soils investigation on the site of the newly constructed confined feeding operation it cannot be determined if the liner requirements of AOPA have been met. Therefore, with the facility already populated with animals the manure produced could be creating a risk to the environment.) **quote taken from Agricultural Operation Practices Act’s published document**.

      See right there is another reason why this has to end, the law means absolutely nothing to those people. It’s complete bullsh*t that it is so well known that Claude Bouvry constantly breaks the law & since the Government turns a blind eye to everything he does, they are sending the message that the laws don’t apply to him, or them for that matter. Just look at what happened at the Bar S ranch & his attitude towards everything that was going on, he didn’t care & why should he, after all he’s above the G.D. law!

  14. Reblogged this on delia1979.

    1. Thank you delia 🙂

      I made a few mistakes, like forgetting to finish a sentence lol.

      1. YW
        anyone is perfect ;D

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