Once again we read that late-term mares were shipped and no one flagged them in an obvious state of pregnancy. One would assume that the CFIA inspectors and the veterinarian on staff at LPN would be sufficiently familiar with horse physiology to recognize a late term pregnant mare and, at the minimum, flag these mares for greater scrutiny before slaughter.
Also in this ATI, an additional mare arrives at LPN and is dehydrated over 12% – a case where imminent death would be expected if action not taken immediately. The mare received no water during her transport and while in the pens at LPN, her proximity to a dominant horse had prevented her from drinking.
A pregnant mare in the last 10% of gestation is considered to be a fragile animal and unfit for transport. Its resistance to stress is weakened. Hazards of travel are greater for pregnant mares due to the lack of available drinking water, close proximity to more dominant or aggressive horses, and the duration of the trip itself.
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