From The Archives……Claude Bouvry Lobbies MPs and Senators Under Pressure From Anti-Slaughter Bill

Horses in pen at BouvryAttached 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

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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.


  1. Jagadambe Dasi · ·

    Deplorable. i just an’t think of another word right now except so sad.

  2. Maureen · ·

    Reply from Alberta Conservative MP Blake Richards

    Thank you for your email regarding Bill C-571.

    This is a private member’s bill from NDP MP Alex Atamanenko. I believe this legislation does little to build on our government’s efforts to ensure safety and humane treatment of horses. Rather it seems arbitrarily drafted to halt trade of horses for human consumption, unfairly punishing all Canadian processors and Canadian consumers.

    You should know that I am absolutely opposed to the mistreatment or abuse of all animals; that’s why I supported an increase to the maximum penalty for violations of the Health of Animals Act in 2011. When animals are abused, I fully support punishing the perpetrator to the full extent of the law.

    The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the safety and humane treatment of animals during transportation and otherwise. In fact, inspectors from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are present daily to verify that animal welfare requirements are met, and investigate all cases of mistreatment of animals. Thus, if any situations are identified, CFIA takes action to ensure that the animals are treated humanely.

    You should also know that the CFIA has strict protocols in place to ensure the safety of consumers. All horses must have proper documentation verifying they have not received certain drugs and that they have undergone the mandatory six-month withdrawal period. Horse meat is regularly tested for veterinary drugs, including phenylbutazone (Bute).

    Even Mr. Atamanenko admitted support for these measures in a letter to the Minister dated Feb. 7, 2011, in which he stated, “We appreciate the efforts of the CFIA to require a six-month drug history for horses slaughtered for human consumption.”

    Thank you for sharing your concerns with me. Know that I will continue to support efforts to protect animals from illegal and immoral abuse, and ensure health and human safety regulations remain strong.

    Blake Richards,

    Member of Parliament

  3. He was running scared then and NOW must be very frightened that his business may come to an end. Makes sense he sent out a “poor me” letter to the MPs and Senators. You are a dishonest business man having to lie to government to keep your business alive. Is he so comfortable with the ugly of killing horses that he had the nerve to invite them to view the entire processing procedure? Sure Claude would love to come for a visit and see how you kill horses – ARE YOU INSANE!?!? Honest and decent business people do not enjoy viewing slaughter. I believe he does not realize that his business is viewed as one of the bottom on the ladder in successful and rewarding business careers. If every one of the MPs and Senators would have taken him up on his invitation it would have closed his business for sure. Mr. Claude Bouvry, horse lovers everywhere will continue FOREVER until the day your business is closed permanently and we will joyfully send you off to rot in hell!

  4. Barbara Griffith · ·

    This is exactly what has gone on in the US Senate for years. Each new anti-slaughter bill that has been introduced in the past ten years died in committee, just ignored. As I have said before if the US Senate would sign on to the Senate version of a bill like the House of Representatives have done horse slaughter here would be a thing of the past. But they like the large donations they get from the racing industry and all of the horse breeders and even the cattle ranchers. That’s the very reason US horses are still slaughtered across both borders that’s why I call them crooks. The Canadian politicians are no different. Can you imagine how much money Bouvry has donated to the politicians he knows will help keep horse slaughter going? That’s what all of us is up against in both country’s that works to stop it.

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