As a follow up to our August post on the live draft horse shipments out of Calgary, Alberta, new footage of the Kagoshima quarantine station in Japan is now being released.
This footage was taken in March 2015. In the first segment we see video of horses on an Alberta feedlot, followed by footage of horses being unloaded from crates after the long flight to Japan. These crates are smaller than the average horse box stall. These crates usually have three horses packed into them and they can have 4 horses packed in them which is contrary to Canada’s Health of Animals regulations.
At the quarantine station, the horses are unloaded into a concrete, bunker-like quarantine station where they will stay for a few weeks before being taken away to be slaughtered. In the background you can hear Atlas Air taking off, no doubt to return with another shipment of horses on their next flight from Calgary Alberta.