Gerry Ritz Introduces New Trace Canada Database As Improvement to “Global Export Markets”

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Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture

The CHDC has great supporters!  In a email response to an anti-slaughter advocate,  Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz gives a clear foreshadowing of the path for horse slaughter traceability in Canada in the near future.  Note the involvement of the Horse “Welfare” Alliance of Canada in this scheme…. Please feel free to discuss the subject matter of this letter with MP Ritz,  the CFIA, Equine Canada and the HWAC.  Please share – Thank You!

The email begins…


Thank you for your email concerning the new Trace Canada national livestock traceability database and its potential impact on Canada’s equine sector.

The Government of Canada, the provinces and territories, and the Canadian livestock industry recognize the benefits of a robust traceability system for the national livestock sector. An effective traceability system will strengthen our national disease management and emergency response capacity, support our ability to provide assurances about the high quality and safety of Canadian products, and help maintain and improve our presence in global export markets.

The Trace Canada database would not have been possible without significant industry and government collaboration at the Industry-Government Advisory Committee on traceability (IGAC). The IGAC includes representatives of national livestock and poultry industry associations, as well as federal and provincial government officials. Equine Canada and the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada are members of the IGAC, and both have voiced their support for the Trace Canada database and their intDrafts to Japanerest in using it.
The Canadian horse sector stands to benefit greatly from the development and implementation of this database. The sector will have access to a secure, multi-species database for livestock traceability information. Livestock sector organizations, including Equine Canada and the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada, are working with Trace Canada to establish their traceability data requirements based on the business needs of industry. These requirements could include animal identification for individual horses, premises identification for horse farms and horse commingling sites, information about horse movements, and other value-added business information of interest to the horse industry.
Horses are not being considered for traceability regulation by the Canadian Food Ontario Feedlot May 2012Inspection Agency (CFIA) (Health of Animals Regulations). However, decisions about individual horse identification and traceability can be made by the horse industry. The choice of a voluntary identifier will depend on animal welfare concerns, ease of use, cost-effectiveness, industry capacity and interest. I encourage you to discuss your ideas and interest in horse traceability with your local and provincial equestrian organizations, Equine Canada and the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the CFIA will continue to work with industry, governments and Trace Canada as we prepare for the implementation of the national livestock traceability database.

I trust that this information will be useful to you. Again, thank you writing.

Gerry Ritz, PC, MP


  1. Ann Marini · ·

    Operating sentence: “Livestock sector organizations, including Equine Canada and the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada, are working with Trace Canada to establish their traceability data requirements based on the business needs of industry.” … needs of industry…ie horse slaughter. Horses not raised for food must not enter the horse slaughter pipeline. Most if not all of the American horses are not eligible for horse slaughter and I imagine this is also true for Canadian horses. This is objectionable and people around the world who eat horse meat should know about this decision. Our study provided convincing evidence that American horses sent to slaughter for human consumption are administered the BANNED drug phenylbutazone. This drug has dangerous side effects that are NOT dose related and therefore idiosyncratic. Moreover, children are extremely sensitive to the drug and can develop the deadly disorder aplastic anemia.

  2. Mindy Lovell · ·

    One has to wonder if excluding horses from the traceability list was deliberate as I am quite certain they know what the repercussions of that would be.

  3. Anne Streeter · ·

    Unbelievable! Definitely the fox guarding the henhouse! The CFIA never did its job on this file so now Gerry Ritz has made it clear that they don’t ever intend to!

  4. So with all of the horses,most of them from the US that everyone knows is given vet drugs that are slaughtered they are not going to be covered in the trace Canada. They are leaving that up to the over- breeders and organizations that favor horse slaughter sort of like the fox guarding the hen house. So that still gives the horse slaughter plants the green light to keep on killing the horses and not having to worry about any consequences at all.

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