Attached is an older letter penned by Claude Bouvry back in 2011. We were searching through some of our older documentation and felt that it needed to be published and critiqued. You will note that he refers to the old Bill C-544, which was a pre-requisite to Bill C-322 (and now Bill C-571). The letter comes on the heels of the 2010 “Chambers of Carnage” investigation of Bouvry’s operations as well as a subsequent investigation by the RCMP.
It’s clear that Bouvry was feeling considerable pressure when he wrote the letter to Canadian MPs and Senators.
The letter is a good illustration of what the CHDC and our supporters are up against. We don’t feel that the mention of the feeding of oats and hay for 12 months is a particularly accurate depiction of feedlot conditions, especially when we know that currently, about 68% of all horses slaughtered in Canada are of American origin and are slaughtered within four days as per CFIA regulations.
More recently, the CHDC publication “Behind Closed Doors What XL Foods and Horse
Slaughter Plants Have in Common and What They’d Prefer to Keep Hidden.” shows horses in various stages of decay at the Bouvry Exports plant in Fort MacLeod, Alberta, which slaughters over 200 horses per day. The horses depicted were seriously bloated with decay, heavy maggot infestation, and blood oozing from the head and rear extremities, having all been dead for several days. The publication also depicts dead horses at a Bouvry-owned feedlot in 2012. These are very serious public health concerns.
In CHDC’s 2012 video – “The True Faces of Slaughter: Inside Alberta’s Horse Feedlots,” former Mennonite/Amish work horses, mares and foals, breeders’ excess stock, former rodeo horses or horses sourced through dealers at rural auctions, languish in Alberta feedlots in close proximity to Bouvry Exports, Canada’s largest horse slaughter plant. Again, not exactly consistent with the subject matter in the 2011 Bouvry letter.
In 2013 and later, we see Canadian horsemeat being pulled from the shelves in supermarkets, while some butchers refuse to carry it. Swiss animal advocacy group, Tierschutzbund, has an English language version of their recent video expose which shows the deplorable conditions of horses on feedlots before transport to Canada for slaughter. Bouvry-owned properties are depicted in the video, which contains graphic scenes.