Message from the CHDC

The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition would like to extend their gratitude publicly to Ken Terpenning, past owner of Silky Shark, the horse in the centre of the CHDC report on toxic horsemeat ‘Proof of CFIA Failure’.

Without Mr. Terpenning’s courage to step forward and provide the veterinarian records showing that Silky Shark had recieved phenylbutazone and was subsequently slaughtered, there would be no concrete proof.

As a consequence of his selflessness and co-operation with the CHDC and with Mr. Jack Rodolico of Latitude News, Mr. Terpenning has been the recipient of anonymous verbal email slurs by people attempting to put a negative spin on how he felt about SIlky Shark and insinuating that he was negligent in providing Silky Shark a safe haven.  They either do not understand nor have they read the circumstances in Silky Shark’s story and we regret that some people, in their fervent desire to have their say, comment with what essentially amounts to malicious allegations.

The CHDC deeply regrets any distress this may have caused Mr. Terpenning and owuld like to enforce to all those who actually read Silky Shark’s story, that they are indebted to Mr. Terpenning for his kindness and generosity.  Mr. Terpenning, without doubt, has taken an extremely courageous step to help expose the gaping holes in the racing industry and offering solutions for others so that they don’t experience the grief, guilt and heartache he has experienced over Silky Shark’s sad end.

Thank you, Mr. Terpenning
You are one remarkable man.

Heroism feels and never reasons, and, therefore, is always right.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Sinikka Crosland and the Board of Directors
Canadian Horse Defence Coalition
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  1. Suzanne Moore · ·

    I agree with the CDHC – Mr. Terpenning is a hero for standing up for his horse and getting the message out to more of the public. Those who are condemning him are shockingly thoughtless and judgmental. I’ve been lucky in that I’ve been able to keep all my horses for the rest of their lives. So far. But, what if something DID happen to me or my ability to give my current horses the care they need and deserve? If you can’t keep them, you can’t keep them – no matter how much you want to.

    He sold his horse to someone he thought he could trust, and he did everything else to insure that he would know if his horse needed his help. Sadly, this turned out not to be enough, but that certainly wasn’t HIS fault!

    For the life of me, I can’t understand why people don’t keep their promises to bring a horse back if they can’t/don’t want to keep him/her. I gave that promise to the breeder of my gelding, and if the unthinkable did happen, I certainly intend to keep that promise.

  2. Mary-Joe Figueira · ·

    Changes only come after tragedies, which is unfortunate. I am just waiting for a “human being” to become sick or die after ingesting horse meat infected with drugs. A tragedy has to happen! I am not sure what Ritz and the government are thinking. Someone is getting a kick-back, Ritz maybe?

  3. wietrich jeannine · ·

    Marre de la souffrance sur les animaux , ayez au moins du coeur pour ces pauvres animaux ,Y aurait il plus d humains dans ce monde pourrit : ces pauvres animaux vivent ce que beaucoup de gens ont vécu pendant la guerres … LES NAZIS NE SONT TOUS PAS MORTS !!!

  4. Dennis Davey · ·

    The EU , CFIA under Gerry Ritz, Bouvry, Alberta and the Canadian Govt. are ALL COMPRIMISED. That is exactly why that BARBARIAN C. Bouvry is beyond the reach of the law.

  5. Reblogged this on delia1979.

  6. Anne Streeter · ·

    Definitely, kudos to Mr. Terpenning for stepping forward. We know that toxins are an issue with horse meat for human consumption but without absolute proof (which we will not get from the authorities) our case can’t be made. Thank you again Mr. Terpenning!

  7. I had a man call me and tell me that he has owned over 1000 horses and any horse that needed ‘bute’ should be put down . I have an affidavit from my vet and even have the bute tube used on my horse. I have had people tell me that if you didn’t want the horses slaughtered, you should have kept them indefineatly. It falls along the same line that if you love your children, they can never leave the walls of your home. We make decisions based on what we truly believe is best for those that we care about. We regret and admonish ourselves for our mistakes once they have revieled themselves and do everything in our power to prosecute those that have lied and decieved us to harm those that we care about. It is not ‘ok’ to lie to take something that you would not have recieved without the lie! It is called ‘theft by deception’. Stand tall – we are all with you!

  8. Donikash · ·

    And none of the connections of the other five horses came forward? What a sad statement about a pathetic industry.

    CDHC – Congratulations on this report…I am dismayed that there is a mountain of proof and both the Canadian government and the EU remain silent.

  9. Amen….& ditto!

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