Earlier this week, an observer at Calgary airport sent us photos of pallets of horsemeat destined for Europe.
Horses slaughtered at the Bouvry Exports plant in Fort MacLeod the week of January 6th, have been packed into nice, tidy little boxes ready for gourmands in Europe.
Note that the boxes have an image of a horse in front of boxes.
Cargolux Cargo Airlines, based in Belgium, is frequently used by Bouvry Exports for shipping horsemeat to Europe. On Sunday, January 12, 2014, a Cargolux flight arrived in Calgary to pick up a shipment of horsemeat going to Europe.
The screen shot below shows the Cargolux flight’s routing from Los Angeles to Calgary.
The image below shows pallets of horsemeat on the ramp at Calgary. In the background, the shed where live draft horses are “packed” for their final journey to Japan. Please click here to see a video on these live horse shipments.
The Cargolux aircraft being loaded:
Bouvry exports has had a close relationship with Cargolux for many years. In this Cargolux newsletter from 2004 you can read about this relationship. In the article it appears that Bouvry had not, at that time, expanded into horse slaughter as heavily as now.
Cargolux also prides itself on its first-class care of LIVE horses:
You can write to Cargolux at the address below or email them:
Cargolux Head Office
L 2990 Luxembourg
Tel: +352 4211 1
Fax: +352 4211 3747
Tel: +352 4211 3311 (Import)
Tel: +352 4211 3315 (Export)
As well, there is an online form for them here.
You can also write to the various agencies who continue to allow horse slaughter in Canada.
Hon. Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Dr. Bruce Archibald, President, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Rd., Tower 1, Floor 6, Ottawa, ON K1A 0Y9
Tel: 613-773-6000; Fax: 613-773-6060
Dr. Dr. Harpreet S. Kochhar, Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada, CFIA
Tel: 613-773-7472; Fax 613-228-6637
Dr. Martine Dubuc, Chief Food Safety Officer, CFIA
Tel: 613-773-5722; Fax 613-773-5797
Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food
Rona Ambrose – Minister of Health (CFIA falls under this Ministry now)
6801 170 St.
Edmonton, AB T5T 4W4
Phone: (780) 495-7705
Stony Plain Office
Suite 102 – 4807 44th Avenue
Stony Plain, AB
Phone: (780) 968 6475
Our Stony Plain office is normally open on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.
Room 163 East Block
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Phone: (613) 996-9778
And, please keep sending those postcards and petitions to your MPs and ask them to support legislation to protect horses from slaughter. Also, if you can, go and actually meet with your MP and share your concerns about horse slaughter with him or her.