This week Equine Canada is sending its members and associates a holiday message, expressing “deep appreciation for all your dedication, hard work and enthusiastic participation in one ofCanada‘s most rewarding sports, and with its most treasured animal, the horse. ” It continues, “At this special time of year and in light of our community’s commitment to the health and welfare of this valiant animal, we wish to express support for the work of two groups that reflect the values we have embraced in our new strategic direction.”
The message implies that Equine Canada has a new strategic direction including horse welfare. Will this new direction include a no slaughter stance, or at least a neutral stance against it? Will Equine Canada and its affiliated provincial horse federations end their alliance with the pro-slaughter Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC)?
As long as Equine Canada and the Canadian horse federations align themselves with HWAC and continue to ignore the issue of horses treated with banned medications that proceed to slaughter, then we can only conclude that these statements by Equine Canada are hollow, self-servicing messages, intended to impress a direction that they, in reality, aren’t taking at all.
In this time of transparency and accountability, it’s time to ask.