Urgent Petition – Insist That Atlas Air End Transport Of Horses To Japan For Slaughter

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Ambassador – a beautiful young horse destined to become meat in Japan, as seen on feedlot.

We don’t know whether Ambassador was born in Canada or the United States.  What we do know is that he was shipped by air to Japan for slaughter earlier this year.

Like all foals, his life began in the tender care of his mother whose protective instincts would have prompted her to do anything to protect her baby.  His soft ears perked up at the sound of his mother’s nicker as she tenderly encouraged him to stand and wobble about for the first time.  Hungrily, he guzzled her rich, warm milk.  He loved the spring sun on his back and the wind stirring his short, infant mane as he learned to gallop.  With the passing months, he grew faster and stronger and was soon easily able to keep up with his mother as they cantered together.

Perhaps it is a good thing that Ambassador and his mother knew nothing about his future.

During the days they spent with each other, they didn’t know that his life was worth nothing more than the money his flesh would bring.  They didn’t know that Ambassador would eventually be transported to a quarantine feedlot and be shipped with other horses to a faraway country for the sake of being slaughtered and eaten.

Ambassador’s mother may well have suffered the same fate.

Every year, approximately 7000 horses are transported by air from Calgary and Winnipeg (Canada) to Japan.  These shipments are often conducted weekly, with up to three to four large horses crammed together in wooden crates with little room to move around, let alone lie down to rest.  No food or water is provided during the gruelling journey to another continent.  Canadian legislation permits horses to be transported without food and water for up to 36 hours.  Sometimes, due to flight delays, the 36-hour period is breached.  During one year alone, six horses died during transport, three perished as a result of a landing accident, and one horse was found upside down and dead in his crate.

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Ambassador, seen here at the loading dock at Calgary airport. The Canadian government refuses to adhere to their own legislation regarding the shipment of draft horses to Japan for meat.

Canadian legislation prohibits horses over 14 hands high (like Ambassador) to share a crate with other horses.  The law says they must be singly shipped.  Their heads must not touch the ceiling of the crate.  Horses must not be deprived of food and water for any longer than 36 hours.

The law says all of the above things.  But for reasons of profit, Canada ignores the law.

The carrier responsible for shipping these horses to their deaths is Atlas Air, Inc., based in Purchase, New York.  We have identified three decision-makers for a petition to request that they adhere to the laws that the Canadian government chooses to ignore,  and cease the transport of live horses.

In Ambassador’s memory, we invite you to politely request that Atlas Air stop shipments of live horses for slaughter.


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  1. Diane B · ·

    I think this is disgusting and unforgivable. In America these animals are our “Family”. It needs to stop. It sickens me.

  2. I signed this petition as I sign every petition that come to my FB page, I do not and will never agree that this is the way to take care of the animals on this planet, I will fight to get this inhumane practice stopped to my dying day and my children will continue my fight after I am gone, and there children will also, so you know we fight to our last breath to end this.

  3. Tiffany Kelly · ·

    Stop transporting our horses to foreign countries to eat them. .

  4. Diana Ragula · ·

    Americans have had enough of these sneaky evil people behind the pens and papers. We are gathering our army, we stand together and stand strong, WE WILL BE HEARD!

  5. This is BULLSHIT you sick sick cruel people we Americans do NOT eat our beloved horses this MUST STOP

  6. Lona DeCasper · ·

    Please stop this! Amerucan horses deserve better!!!

  7. Cinzia D'Angelo · ·

    It’s cruel and inhumane.
    This needs to stop

  8. Sandra wielander · ·

    Arme Pferde

  9. Deborah sue Buckman · ·

    The way they slaughter horses makes me so sick the way they treat them when they are taking them to slaughter is the most abuse a horse should never have to be put through!!!!! It needs to be made public from start to finish what these horses go through!!!! In the first place horses also have families they love feel and have strong bonds with the people and handlers! They have souls… Most of these horses that go to slaughter have nothing wrong with them!!!!! How could anyone be so cruel to an animal??? Theses horses are crammed into large trucks,they can hardly move,alot of them are hurt and broken up and ride many hours with no food or water,When they get to the slaughter house the fear falls over them like a heavy blanket!! the smell of blood terrifies them as they know whats going to happen,They run them out of the trucks into pens that they cant even raise there heads in and then then ram a steal rode into there spin or stab them,leaving them to suffer!!!! You know Im not sure but I would bet that each and everyone of those horses have a memory of there happiest times along with whom they loved and miss.They dont deserve to die like they are!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Roxanne Ross · ·

    Stop sending horses for slaughter.

  11. Barbara Carpenter · ·

    most horses trust people and would never imagine being treated like they’d been thrown to wolves
    I hope people who eat them get severe indigestion

  12. I’ve signed the petition and commented, but wonder if it should also be sent to the Canadian airports and government. I realize they seem to be immune to protest and above their own laws, but it’s worth a try. Also, I’m basically computer illiterate and don’t do facebook or twitter, but I do get email from a site called care2. They put up many petitions to sign, and have a huge membership. There must be a way to get this petition on there, as they do have many change.org petitions. I think whoever started the petition (CHDC?) would have to arrange this, but i’m sure twe could get thousands more signers. Also, Mercy For Animals, PETA, Humane Society International, and many other animal welfare orgs could probably give more exposure for this cause if they knew about it. I think even alot who know about the shame of Canada’s equine slaughter are not yet aware of these live shipments. We know the guilty parties would prefer it remain a secret, and id it wasn’t for CHDC I wouldn’t know this was happening. But if enough people get informed, the pressure might be enough to stop a smaller airline like Atlas from being accessory to this crime.It may not be worth the bad press to them; look what happened with airlines shipping hunting “trophies”; they only stop when enough people voice their outrage. So I hope my comments here are read by the originators of the petition, and they can spread it to care2 and other places to get more signers. Any moral person would be against this, they just need to be informed. Thanks and good luck; if we can get this stopped maybe there willbe momentum to tackle horse slaughter here in Canada. Fingers crossed to get rid of Harper in Oct. The nightmare foe horses will never end with him in power.

    1. Hello, Pam. The CHDC has consistently written to the CFIA about this. We’ve also written to the Calgary Airport Authority who wrote back and said it was a CFIA issue. If you enter the word Japan in the search box on the blog page that this article is on you’ll see the number of times we’ve written about this.

  13. Angel arnett · ·

    This inhumane and unhuman, this is murder

  14. ENOUGH!!!!!!! When do you idiots get the message these are living beings. They deserve respect and the same treatment you would want given to you. Karma is always present and what goes around…….


    these beautiful animals this is discusting please stop now

  16. Lona DeCasper · ·

    Please stop this!!!

  17. ron harvey · ·

    please stop…we all love horses…it makes us sick because it is so sick to eat horses…my daughter wants to commit suicide because of the way japan china thailand treat animals

  18. Suzy Mincic · ·

    So much cruel slaughtering of every damn animal on this planet. Jesus I can’t take this anymore. What is wrong with this world. PLEASE STOP. There is really no hope for the human race. NONE

  19. Mary Croft · ·

    Have signed and shared…thank you for posting.


  21. Anne Streeter · ·

    Terrific! Have sent it to 27 people for starters.


  22. Anne Streeter · ·

    I hope Atlas is listening. Their reputation is at stake. There is nothing right about this operation. It is cruel and completely unacceptable! Shame on all those involved!

  23. joan warren · ·

    This is barbaric im appalled that canada does this . Animal cruelty disgusting. I am sure alot of people would take them .

  24. Reblogged this on Comedyflyer's Blog and commented:
    Shame on Canada…Japan & Atlas Air for allowing this horse named Ambassador for becoming someone’s food…horses are our companion animals…not our food

  25. Devin miller · ·

    We no longer live in a world where shipping our beloved brothers and sisters anywhere for slaughter is ok.

    1. Marcie Buffalo · ·

      PEOPLE!! YOU ARE DISGUSTED OF THIS CRUEL ACT, CORRECT? Then PLEASE DO SOMETHING!! I read every post, and I only seen a few that stated they signed the petition. Take your anger and direct it to HELP our horses without a VOICE!! Do you KNOW how these majestic creatures meet their end?? Never mind HOW these “Kill Buyers” transport our horses. SOME are whipped and dragged into trailers that are JAMMED with stallions, foals and pregnant mares, where fights occur, and if the horses can WALK when they get to the slaughter house, they wont for long. I am NOT enjoying this at all…BUT people need to know!! Slaughter houses in Mexico, kill horses by stabbing them repeatedly in the neck with a “puntilla knife” to sever their spinal cord, to paralyze her/him, and they are unable to breathe due to the horses drowning in their own blood, while the butchers are cutting her/him up, some are still conscious!! Would YOU want to go like that? PLEASE!! Do you part, sign the petition!! Learn more on our fight to stop horse slaughter and protect the global food supply!! PLEASE join our march on 9/29/2015 in Washington, D.C, or DONATE!! We are the voice for our pets/companions!!! Go to http://www.noequineslaughter.org/ to LEARN more!! Or go to The Humane Society to Stop Horse Slaughter!!!

  26. paul hood · ·

    I know that money is pretty much all that dictates corporate behavior. But, seriously, ending this practice can’t possibly have much impact on your bottom line. Show a little heart and conscience and end this practice.

  27. Natalie Putic · ·

    This barbarity needs to end immediately. I’m a Canadian citizen and do not approve of this.

  28. Nicole burnett · ·

    This is deplorable do they have no conscience?

  29. I checked back and everything was working so I signed the petition. Thanks for being able to sign a petition to try to stop this cruelty. I have signed a lot of petitions and they do work if you can get enough people interested in the cause.

  30. Marilyn Wilson · ·

    This barbaric treatment of horses must end NOW!

    Altas Air must STOP NOW!


    Disgusting and cruel.

  32. Denna Stone · ·

    Please STOP Horse Slaughter

  33. The USA supplies 60% or more of the horses killed for the Canadian market. We are responsible for the sales to torture and slaughter of our pets, racehorses and work partners. Every equine in the USA, bred and born here, lives at risk of this fate due to the inaction of the US Congress, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell of KY and Rep. John Boehner of OH.
    Corruption in Congress kills the most innocent.

    US residents and others need to force Congress to pass The SAFE Act and The Past Act immediately. Click http://www.USA.gov for access to elected officials and agencies.

    For voting reports, google Megavote.
    For reports on political funders, google opensecrets.org.

    If we force the US Congress to pass anti-slaughter legislation(The SAFE Act), sales to the kill market drop off. We need to destroy the market by spreading the truth about slaughter.

    For more information about slaughter, google Animals Angels reports and the multi-part series on Forbes.com by award-winning journalist Vickery Eckhoff.

    Tell friends to act now. Every five minutes, another equine friend and work partner dies.
    We have no time to wait.

    ***Click http://www.USA.gov and persist in pressuring Congress members to pass The SAFE Act and The Past Act.***

    1. Excellent post. Thank you!

  34. I tried to sign the petition but it kept coming up a error or try again. You need to check to find out what is going on.

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