The Plight of Horses in Bouvry’s Slaughter Pipeline

Animals’ Angels have released an important report confirming what the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition had shown previously in the report titled “The True Faces of Horse Slaughter – Inside Alberta’s Horse Feedlots” released in August 2012.

“In a lengthy and in-depth investigation conducted in October 2012, Animals’ Angels documented conditions at Bouvry Exports’ various locations in the US and Canada.  Investigators alternated between locations throughout this investigation to document as much as possible.

Suffering mare at Bouvry feedlot

Suffering mare at Bouvry feedlot

Due to the sheer length of time this investigation encompassed, we have merely summarized the investigation in this newsletter but we encourage you to read the full report for detailed day to day information.”

(Please note that the full report is a 6MB download.)

16 comments

  1. I posted on the SPCA Alberta’s facebook page to show their statement ….stating they are against horse slaughter…..I will always remain a doubter until I see them come out of the closet. The International Humane Society has no problem making that statement….many Humane Societies do not have a problem with that statement. There are many people in Alberta who will not rock the gravy train associated with horse slaughter…same with the tar sands. Alberta is in danger of becoming one big feedlot & black hole.

  2. Mademoiselle B. · ·

    FYI –

    From the Alberta SPCA facebook page..

    1st statement (Monday Dec. 17)

    ” On October 18, 2012, the Alberta SPCA received a call about a mare with foaling complications on a feedlot. We immediately dispatched a peace officer out of our Animal Protection Services office in Okotoks. When our officer arrived on the scene he spoke with the complainants before entering the property. He then observed the mare, which was standing and eating at the time, and spoke with the feedlot employees who were attending to the mare.

    Our officer did not leave the scene until after the feedlot manager had arrived. Birthing complications occur on occasion with any livestock, and our officer determined that the feedlot manager was able to handle the situation properly. The feedlot manager humanely euthanized the mare after our officer had left.

    The Alberta SPCA greatly appreciates the assistance in this matter of the people who reported their concerns to us. We rely on calls from the public to find out about animal welfare issues. We regret that the complainants thought that our officer did nothing to ensure the welfare of the mare. We have to protect the privacy of both complainants and subjects during an investigation, which means that our officers can’t discuss many details with complainants.

    Our officer’s warning about observing “no trespassing” signs was not intended as a criticism of the complainants. Witness testimony that comes from an act of trespassing could compromise an investigation, and that was the reason for his warning.

    We regret that the complainants were left with the mistaken impression that our officer did not care about their concerns or the welfare of the mare. Animal welfare is the primary concern of everyone employed by the Alberta SPCA.”

    2nd statement (Wednesday Dec.19 )

    ” The Alberta SPCA has a general policy against discussing investigations publicly. In this case, however, we believe it was necessary to respond to the defamatory statements being made publicly about the agency and one of our officers.

    Animals’ Angels and similar organizations have a role to play in raising awareness about various issues in animal agriculture, and we recognize that these issues are important to many people who are also supporters of the Alberta SPCA. However, we are dismayed that so many people would so quickly condemn the Alberta SPCA and our officer after a single, unsubstantiated report of one person’s perception of our officer’s actions.

    Our officer was responding to a specific report about one animal in distress. His actions were specific to the situation that was reported to us. Other concerns about horse welfare on feedlots were not—and legally could not be—part of our officer’s investigation. At no time were other aspects of the Animals’ Angels investigation disclosed to the officer or to the Alberta SPCA.

    We can assure you that our officer did not reprimand the complainants in this matter. As a law enforcement officer it is his duty to advise the public to obey the law, which includes not trespassing. Even our sworn peace officers do not have the authority to enter private property uninvited unless they can establish reasonable and probable grounds that an animal is in distress.

    The powers of our peace officers to take further action are contingent upon either being unable to locate an owner or caretaker for the animal or having reasonable and probable grounds to believe that the owner or caretaker will not relieve that animal’s distress. In this case, the caretakers were present and the feedlot manager was known by our agency to be experienced in proper horse care. He is also properly trained in the humane euthanasia of horses. Our officer had no grounds to doubt that the manager would handle the situation appropriately. He therefore had no legal authority to intervene further.

    The role of the Alberta SPCA is to care for animals that are in distress throughout Alberta, and we do it every day. The welfare of animals is the primary concern of our peace officers, who have investigated more than 1,900 new complaints so far this year. They have taken action more than 4,500 times this year in support of animal welfare, including 58 search warrants and 38 seizures of more than 100 animals. They will continue to respond to and fully investigate any future firsthand reports we receive of animal welfare concerns on any feedlot in Alberta.

    We appreciate and welcome your concern for animal welfare in Alberta. We are saddened by those of you who do not believe that our officers share that concern.”

    To read statements & comments:

    https://m.facebook.com/AlbertaSPCA?id=111468822218396&_rdr

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  4. Barbara Griffith · ·

    When a person from a animal welfare agency reacted the way this man from the SPCA did there is money under the table being handed out. Bourvy pays off the management of this SPCA as he bribes the rest of the politicians in the town where Bourvys property is located. Bourvy passes out his bribes to all of the politicians he thinks he has to in order to not have any complaints from the public. That is what is wrong with our Senate here in the states. The Senate is one of the most corrupt of our government. There has been bills to stop horse slaughter sent to Washington for ten years that I know about to no avail. The lobby industry donates big bucks to these senators to not allow any anti-horseslaughter bill to ever be passed. It is financed by the racing industry, quarter horse breeders and numerous other organizations that has a stake in not stopping horse slaughter in the US. It may be about to change this summer when the EU will be demanding the horse passports. They have changed the organ that they are checking looking for vet drugs such as Bute to the kidney. The kidney metabolizes Bute and if the animal has been given the drug it will show up there. These slaughter plants had been testing for vet drugs in the fat it does not show up in the fat tissue because of not having any blood vessels. It’s a shame that the horse has to be killed first in order to do the test. But this will expose these drugs and the EU can stop excepting any horse meat from Canada and Mexico. That will throw a road block up for Canada to stop taking horses from the US. If that happens it will put a dent in what horses Bourvy has left to kill. At least half of the horses that are slaughtered in Canada and Mexico come from the US. The EU has given the US and Mexico 3 years to to implement the horse passports the time will be up this summer.

  5. Dennis Davey · ·

    I believe that MONSTER named Bouvry, has clearly demonstrated he is out of reach of ANY Law, in Canada, the U.S. and Alberta in particular. There are clearly MANY COMPRIMISED POLITICANS implicated in this BARBARIC industry, in Canada, the U.S. and definitely Alberta and Quebec, and i believe those COMPRIMISED POLITICANS start at the Premiers level, in particular Alberta. Keep in mind these facts, Alberta is a Conservative Province, led by a Conservative Premier Alisson Redford. Ted Menzies, who has been around for some time, is a Conservative M.P. from the West with considerable influence. Better yet, to seal this shamefull coalition together is the WORST of them ALL, P.M. Steven Harper, who is, GUESS WHAT! ALSO FROM THE WEST.This BARBARIC industry WILL BE around, as long as this Conservative Govt.
    is in office. I firmly believe that ALL the investigations, videos, petitions , print , TV documentarys and unfortunately BILL C322 will not deter this BARBARIC INDUSTRY.
    This BARBARIC industry WILL GO AWAY, ONLY if President Barak Obama, uses his executive power to pass the US BILL that WILL NOT MOVE FORWARD UNDER THE PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES, or the EU BANS ALL HORSE MEAT FROM NORTH AMERICA.Unlike Stephen Harper in Canada
    the best avenue for success is for ALL those in the US and Canada, opposed to this BARBARIC industry, which by the way is the MAJORITY OF PEOPLE to come together as ONE and influence a MOST REASONABLE man, Barak Obama to put a halt to this CRUEL, INHUMANE AND BARBARIC industry.
    To do this we need ALL the leaders from organizations in the US and Canada, opposed to this shamsfull industry to COME TOGETHER and organize our voices and money TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. AND IT IS POSSIBLE.

  6. I am not surprised, of course, at the lack of action by the SPCA. All of this suffering qualifies as “standard industry practice” in any “farming” of animals. Some die, some live. The ones that live make money. The ones that die don’t cost any extra. It’s all in the numbers, really. Laughable that 2billion is being generated, according to our elected officials. They’ve already proven they can’t count.
    The cruelty we deem legal continues to spread through our population’s attitude towards all life. A horse is no different than a car, or a house. Incredible, isn’t it…
    Thank you for posting.

  7. GASafeHorses · ·

    Canada stop slaughtering our horses!

    1. Advocates in the US must pressure your government to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act S.1176.

  8. The enforcement of cruelty laws do not seem to matter to this business. They have always and will continue to be above the law as with all aspects of this horrid industry. Thank you for supporting the work done by Animals Angels.

  9. Mary-Joe Figueira · ·

    Where are the animal welfare organizations? Why is this monster who runs Bouvery’s allowed to do this?

    1. It was very telling that in the report from AA it was noted that the SPCA agent and the Bouvry worker were on a first-name basis. ‘Nuff said.

  10. These horses are being fed grain to be fattened & anybody who has worked with horses knows what disastrous affects a grain overload has on them. Most in these lots are drafts. Drafts are shipped alive to Japan …these are the harvested horses (what a revolting term) & that is why Conservative MP Bruce Stanton can make the claims he has made in emails to me….here is one of them…—–Original Message—–
    From: bruce.stanton@parl.gc.ca
    Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:08 AM
    To: anniemushmush@msn.com
    Subject: RE: Horse slaughter practices raise serious health concerns

    Dear Ann,

    Thank you for your correspondence on Alex Atamanenko’s Private Member’s
    Bill, C-322 to ban horse slaughter. I appreciate your comments and welcome
    the opportunity to respond.

    Canadian horse meat producers raise horses for the sole purpose of human
    consumption. Horse meat is the third largest exported meat product in
    Canada, and gives approximately $2 billion to the Canadian economy every
    year.
    The safety of food for human consumption is the highest priority in these
    matters. I believe that imperative can be upheld in balance with support
    for an important Canadian industry.

    The concerns that Mr. Atamanenko raised in his Private Member’s Bill have
    already been addressed by new regulations from the Canadian Food Inspection
    Agency (CFIA).

    As of July 31, 2010 it was mandatory for all federally inspected facilities
    in Canada to have complete medical records for all animals (domestic and
    imported) presented for processing. These records will also satisfy the
    import requirements held by the European Union.

    This increased traceability, added to additional measures that the horse
    meat industry is implementing, ensures that Bute and other dangerous
    chemicals are not present in horses presented for meat processing. The CFIA
    works continuously to ensure that regulations are up to code, and that the
    Canadian food supply is safe and secure for all Canadians.

    Both the Ontario Farm Animal Council and Equine Canada agree that Mr.
    Atamanenko’s Bill will have disastrous effects on the Canadian horse meat
    industry and will do nothing to improve the security of the human food
    supply. The CFIA has already insured that dangerous chemicals will not be
    ingested by horses meant for human consumption; Bill C-322 could also result
    in negative impacts for farmers and processing plants.

    Accordingly, I will not support Bill C-322. However, I will always consider
    the merits of Private Members Bills and Motions based on their benefits to
    Canadians.

    I hope that you will find this information helpful, and I thank you for
    taking the time to share your concerns with me.

    Sincerely,

    Bruce

    —–Original Message—–
    From: anniemushmush@msn.com [mailto:anniemushmush@msn.com]
    Sent: November …

    1. On what planet does the dead horse industry contribute 2 BILLION to the Canadian economy? The figure is closer to 9 MILLION and the bulk of that does not benefit Canadians one bit. According to a report in 2008, the LIVE horse industry in the Province of Ontario alone, contributed over $675 MILLION to the economy! Bruce had better do better research before sending out silly responses like that.

  11. This shatters my heart !
    Once In have moved to Ontario I am going to try to utilize CFAWR to do something. What SPCA branch does this man come from that left the horse dying giving birth to the dead foal Can you find out and e mail me @ cfawr@telus.net.

    Are there no standards for the conduct of SPCA officers or is because of the total lack of any accountability on the behalf of Quebec government? Please can you see if you can find out where this SPCA officer is based out of and see if you can locate any contact info for them him or his office?

    If there are/were any regulations to enforce for the basic care of the horses at Bouvery’s slaughter feed lot… where can I find them? Under what Quebce Government dept would they be found and WHO is supposed to enforce them

    Thank you. Sarah West Founder( CFAWR) Canadians For Animal welfare Reform
    Victoria BC

    1. Absolutely Sarah! I feel the same. These investigators must be frustrated beyond belief! Go get em!

    2. Sarah, these feedlots are in Alberta not Quebec.

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