Equine Canada has released its overview plan for the next 6 years for Canada’s equine community in One Vision. Equine Canada’s objective was to create an incremental plan to prepare a blueprint to reinvigorate the organization and set the stage for future successes.
The extensive 44-page document gives a high overview how to accomplish their goals through several focus areas. Details of how to achieve these goals are not described, but on Page 1 in the Introduction, they mention required commitment from all Equine Canada members and stakeholders. They go on to list their partners and key stakeholders including individuals, provincial horse organizations, the Government of Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).
The CHDC has great concern that AAFC is listed as a stakeholder with Equine Canada. AAFC oversees the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) which oversees the “animal resource base”, all federally licensed slaughter plants, and our food supply. Why would AAFC be a stakeholder with Equine Canada except for the purpose of partnering regarding Canada’s $60 million horse slaughter industry?
Horse welfare is mentioned on nearly every page of this document. In their Core Values on Page 2 of the Introduction, Equine Welfare is listed first: “Accepting our responsibility to our equine partners as a privilege, we affirm safeguarding the welfare of the horse is paramount”. Page 14 has the Equine Health and Welfare section, which says, “We will continue to advocate for the humane treatment of all horses, in the belief the equine industry and horse owners have a responsibility to provide humane care through the entire life of a horse, including at death”.
Nowhere in this document is horse slaughter denounced. Anyone reading it though, will likely be impressed by the “horse welfare” message throughout. However, as long as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is a stakeholder with Equine Canada, one has to question what Equine Canada’s real stance is regarding horse slaughter.
The CHDC has proven in four investigative reports over 4 years, that humane slaughter of horses is not possible in assembly line slaughter plants. Yet Equine Canada and the provincial horse federations continue to stay silent, or even advocate horse slaughter. One only has to look at the partnership between these groups with the pro-slaughter Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada, to come to this conclusion.
We have proven that humane death for horses does not include a cruel end in Canada’s horse slaughter plants.
Why do Canada’s equine federations continue to accept horse slaughter?
If you agree, then we urge you to ask Equine Canada how this acceptance fits into their vision for Canada’s horses.