On November 8th, the CHDC filed official complaints to the CFIA and Transport Canada with respect to the transport of slaughter-bound horses via air cargo through our legal counsel MW Law Offices of Vancouver, BC.
In his complaint to the CFIA and the Superintendent of Aviation Enforcement at Transport Canada, our counsel, Nicholas Weigelt, details the violations of the Health of Animals Act pertaining to horses being unable to stand in a natural position and lack of segregation of horses over 14 hands high.
Also, in the complaint to Transport Canada, the risks of shipping large draft horses in breakable, confined crates is brought to the attention of the agency.
These complaints are filed subsequent to the CHDC’s news release of October 18, 2012 “CFIA Fails Again at Enforcing Regulations for Live Horse Exports to Japan” announcing that video footage was captured of draft horses being loaded and shipped from Calgary International Airport for live shipment to Japan.
CHDC supporters are asked to write courteous letters to the CFIA and Transport Canada to help bring this matter to further attention.
For the horses!
Mr. George Da Pont, President, Canadian Food Inspection Agency 1400 Merivale Rd., Tower 1, Floor 6, Ottawa, ON K1A 0Y9
Tel: 613-773-6000; Fax: 613-773-6060
Dr. Ian Alexander, Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada, CFIA
Tel: 613-773-7472; Fax 613-228-6637
Dr. Martine Dubuc, Chief Food Safety Officer, CFIA
Tel: 613-773-5722; Fax 613-773-5797
Dr. Nicole Cormier is a CFIA Humane Transportation of Animals Program Specialist
Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport
CFIA Regional Office
Alberta South Floor 1, Room 102
110 Country Hills Landing NW
Calgary, Alberta T3K 5P3
1st Floor, MacDonald Building
P.O. Box 8550
344 Edmonton Street,
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P6
Attention: Jim Welwood, Superintendent, Aviation Enforcement
Transport Canada General Mailbox: