The 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.
Since 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
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.
On behalf of the CHDC Board