Unwanted horse population set to soar as EU prepares to close door

From Pennsylvania Equestrian.

By Suzanne Bush, December 2012

Horses at New Holland

Horses at New Holland

Each year thousands of horses are sold at auctions in the United States and shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. The abattoirs process the horsemeat for consumers in Europe and Japan. The auctions have provided options for people who can no longer afford to keep their horses, or for people whose horses are no longer useful to them. It’s an unfortunate reality. But here’s another slice of reality that is bound to cause major disruptions in the pipeline that takes horses from auctions to abattoirs in Canada and Mexico. The European Union (EU) requires traceability for all foods imported for human consumption in member nations. This is not new. However, beginning in July, 2013 the traceability requirement for horsemeat will be enforced.

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11 comments

  1. Peppermint · ·

    All my horses have been given “Bute” for pain sometime in their lives. Does this mean that they are safe from slaughter if no longer mine? I doubt it so they will stay with me. I have euthanized horses at end of their lives; cost is small compared to what they have given to me during their long lives.

  2. Barbara Griffith · ·

    My mistake I rechecked the date for the article and it is new it’s not from Dec.

  3. Barbara Griffith · ·

    Go to the FaceBook page of this organization and tell them what you think about their article that seems to want to encourage horse slaughter in this country again. This article is over a month old it came out in Dec but do it anyway I sure did. So did other people.

  4. This is too much these poor animals are going to slaughter with out anyone doing anything is there anything i can do? I feel so helpless here in Canada. It hurts so much.It will be too late.

  5. Dennis Davey · ·

    To the person who wrote this article, you clearly MUST be employed as a spokes person for the pro slaughter group. 80% of the U.S. PUBLIC, and roughly 76% of the Canadian PUBLIC have spoken, Horse slaughter MUST STOP.Perhaps those irresponsible and greedy breeders should face regulation and oversight. Oh by the way substituting the word Humane Euthinasia for what is undenyably SLAUGHTER is not fooling anyone.If you have a Horse, you are responsible for end of life issues, that can be accomidated by a Vet with HUMANE CHEMICAL EUTHINASIA with disposal. If you cannot afford this route YOU SHOULD DAM WELL NOT HAVE A HORSE, its as simple as that. I look forward to the day, as MOST people do when this cruel, barbaric and greedy industry is no more in the U.S. and Canada. HOPEFULLY THAT IS IN JULY 2013.

    1. Peppermint · ·

      Amen! If you can’t afford a horse you do not deserve the pleasure of its company! Take care of what you own!

  6. Jagadambe Dasi · ·

    Who the hell is that woman from a rescue who sides with the slaughter mongrels. She needs a good smack in the back of her head.

  7. The European Union (EU) requires traceability for all foods imported for human consumption in member nations. This is not new. However, beginning in July, 2013 the traceability requirement for horsemeat will be enforced

    GOOD NEWS ! Now we can kick the asses of the CFIA Canadian Food Inspection Agencies to do their jobs both on the drugs used ( Bute issues ect) and the animal welfare issues. The slaughter plants in Quebec will now have to rethink sending horses for dinner to Europe! This and a public awareness campaign is the way in to get horse slaughter STOPPED

    Between the above and getting ( ban horse Salaughter )Bill C-544 by MP Alex Atamanenko passed we have a good start this info from the EU is the best ammanitiin we can have to get his bill through

    Is someone forn the CHDC or Mercy for Animals canada talking to Atamenko… Sinikka Crossland / Twyla Francois?????

    However we must start thinking asap at how to help the surplus of unwanted horses Its going to put a tremendous strain on those how do horse rescue. I think its time for some seriousstrategies to be created fast . SOLIDARITY MUST BE SHOWN

    .CFAWR is here to help in anywhay we can !

    1. It is BILL C-322! And many horse-lovers, ect are working their tails off to protect and END this underground filthy buisness, which is soooo unnecessary. t/y ~

  8. Mary-Joe Figueira · ·

    Oh Boy! I guess people will now have to consider the more humane way, euthanization.

    1. jean robertson · ·

      If the border was closed to U.S. horses Canada would hot have sufficient numbers to keep 4 slaughter houses working and making a profit. I believe Bouvry Exports slaughters 250 per day on a 4 day week. The horses with bute in their systems would make even fewer horses eligible if the CFIA are going to enforce their own rules. Some 67% of the horses slaughtered in Canada come from the U. S. That leaves Canada with about 25,490 horses most of which have had Bute at one time or another. There would be few horses that could be legally slaughtered. Quantity breeder might see the light and quit breeding and euthanization would become more common.

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