The CHDC Applauds Recent Developments in the EU Concerning North American Horsemeat Imports

scalesThe CHDC is excited to hear confirmation of recent rumours that the European Union (EU) is close to imposing a ban on the import of horsemeat from Mexico.  Click here for the audio presentation made in the EU.  As well, we are pleased to hear that stricter conditions on Equine Information Document (EID) rules will soon apply in Canada, also making it difficult to continue importing slaughter bound horses from the U.S.  For several years, the CHDC has reported on the flawed EID system that Canada implemented in 2010 to satisfy European Commission requirements for third countries exporting horsemeat to the EU.  Knowing the majority of horses slaughtered in Canada come from U.S. auctions, where horses from unknown points are bought by kill buyers and shipped soon after to Canada and Mexico, it is plainly evident that there is no way to guarantee banned drug traceability and EID compliance under present conditions.

SoldtoKillSince 2011, the CHDC has worked with federal MP Alex Atamanenko on three separate Private Members Bills to stop the slaughter of Canadian and American horses on our soil.  While these bills received massive public support, with thousands of petitions logged into government archives, the final incarnation, Bill C-571, was defeated this year in May.  Bill C-571 was wholly supported by the Liberal government and largely supported by the New Democrat Party, but was voted down by the Conservatives who hold the majority in the House.  Bill C-571 was based on a full traceability system for horses and was on par with European horse slaughter requirements.

As well as revealing inhumane slaughter methods in three Canadian plants, the CHDC released investigative evidence three years ago on yet a fourth facility, Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation.  Our report, entitled “Pasture to Plate”, outlined the fallacy of the EID system.  You can read the report in its entirety here.

We augmented this with “Proof of CFIA Failure” two years ago, outlining the failure of

Photo by Dianna Johnson

Photo by Dianna Johnson

the EID system for tracking drugs in horses, with the story of Silky Shark who, after receiving  phenylbutazone, was slaughtered and his meat allowed to enter the food chain.  You can read the report here.

In August of 2012, we showed graphic evidence of the conditions at the feedlots with our youtube video ‘The True Faces of Horse Slaughter‘ – you can view the youtube video here.

Also in 2012, shortly after the XL Foods e-coli scandal and recall, the CHDC released our report “Behind Closed Doors – What XL Foods and Horse Slaughter Plants Have in Common and What They’d Prefer to Keep Hidden”.  In this report, we lifted the veil to show the conditions at both feedlot and slaughter plants.  You can read the report here.

The CHDC and all horse welfare advocates eagerly await the details of the restrictions to be imposed by the EU Commission.

Sinikka Crosland

On behalf of the CHDC Board





  1. I will believe it when I see it. Not to be negative, but this Conservative Govt. and its lacky G.Ritz will do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to skirt ANY and ALL rules when it comes to protecting Horse slaughter and of course those money contributors in Quebec, Alberta and most recently B.C.
    .Plese be sure to vote in 2015 so we can FLUSH this COMPRIMISED REGIME and finally put a halt to this BARBARIC industry and its its supporters.

  2. nansea94w · ·

    Hi There, I just wanted to point out that the photo of the mare and the foal is not Dianne Frey’s.  It is Poco and her colt walking to freedom, and taken by the owner Dianna Johnson.  This photo has been stolen and used all over social media, but SAFE Act Supporters found out who the rightful owner is and attempted to alert the public of the truth. 

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    |   | |   | |   |   |   |   |   | | SAFE Act Supporters’s Photos – SAFE Act Supporters | Fac…Dianna Johnson’s real story behind this haunting pic. Dont worry, they’re both safe! —> The Walk of Poco Belle Pine This morning while Chris… | | | | View on | Preview by Yahoo | | | |   |

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    1. You’re absolutely right! The CHDC apologizes for the mix-up with names.

  3. I saw this last photo of the mother and the foal and it broke my heart and has me in tears right now. I honestly wish that the United States government would stop hurting and killing the so beloved horses across the Country because these horses whether they are wild or tamed has been our friends through the centuries and what gives anyone a right to think meat just horrifying. All kinds of businesses and the kill buyers should be ashamed of themselves and everything must be stopped and so the horses whether they are tamed or wild be returned to their natural habitat and start appreciating them for what they have done for us. I have loved and still love horses to this day since I was seven years old. So everyone please help make your voices heard for these beloved horses everywhere with love and peace all around thanks so much.

    1. The mare, the baby and the baby she was carrying are all well and living with Dianna the photographer in Nevada. 🙂

      1. I understand my dear but dang those pictures just speak a thousand words and seems so unspoken for those horses you know. I thank you for letting me know and I just hope to see more good news… a lot more. 😉

  4. Oh my goodness, it’s about time!! This is a huge start to the END of horse slaughter as it should be… NOW we wait and see WHEN this will happen, cause I am leery, since the EU said it would NOT except any U.S. horses from slaughter yet they have through Canada knowing a along…. I must say I am so so pleased to hear this news…. WELL over due….. But better late than never..

  5. I hope this is the beginning of the end of US horses and Canadian horses being killed for their contaminated meat. The anti-slaughter bills sitting in committee gathering dust in the US was never going to be passed just like all of the other bills before it. The politicians in the US that introduced the bills did this only for attention from their constituents making them appear as the good guys when none of them worked to pass the bills. As every one of us knows horse slaughter is a vile business carried out by a handful of greedy killer buyers that would break any law on the books to make their sales to the slaughter plants.

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