CFIA Enforcement And Investigation Services Tells Horse Rescuer Nolet That Treating Injured Feral Horse “Not Lawful”

CFIANolet letter20001Further to the issue of the CFIA targeting a compassionate horse rescuer who followed logical instincts regarding animal welfare, we are now in possession of the letter that the agency sent to Theresa Nolet.  For legal reasons, names of individuals have been blacked out, but it is easy to see how the issue has been twisted to suit the needs of the horse meat industry.

Aside from the fact that the CFIA is using intimidation tactics in an attempt to scare away protectors of animals, this issue raises some very interesting legal questions:

Shouldn’t horse owners be expected to restrain their horses on their own property and, in the event that they are permitted to free-roam, can someone else claim those horses as their own property, or at least give them temporary refuge, sustenance, and veterinary care?

–According to what law is it illegal to treat suffering animals, especially when those animals enter one’s property?  If someone should find a lost dog who is injured and takes responsibility by seeking veterinary assistance, is that also illegal?

–If someone refuses to seek assistance for a suffering animal who has wandered onto his/her property, can

Feral horse in British Columbia (not the horse described in the article)

Feral horse in  grazing on private property in British Columbia (not the horse described in the article)

that individual be considered negligent in the eyes of the law?  Can that person be charged with cruelty to animals?

–The CFIA has issued the accusation that one of the horse owners could not reasonably have been expected to know the health status of the horse who had been administered phenylbutazone.  Since the horses are free-roaming and not under his care, why is he permitted to complete an EID for any horses at all, unless they are held for 6 months following round up?

The legal implications of what the CFIA is suggesting in their letter have raised more than a few eyebrows.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that we’ve had to remind the agency to stick to the right side of the law.


  1. Theresa Nolet · ·

    For those who wonder as June does how many horses the CFIA tests for drugs it is 1/2 of one percent, and out of those small numbers 2 % test positive for bute. However remember the CFIA only tests for specific drugs. These horses roam freely so I wonder how they would test for pesticides and herbicides as they munch on well manicured lawns, the sides of hiways and in local vineyards?

  2. Pam Evely · ·

    I guess Canada’s not back when it comes to the corrupt CFIA. What a waste of tax dollars, and if the RCMP gets involved (except to say “good for youTheresa”), they’re no better. When is this government going to do something to distinguish themselves from Harper, and not just talk about it? The horses, along with other animals and the environment, have waited long enough for some justice. Come on Trudeau, you’ve got a majority, let’s see some progress, because it’s 2016.

  3. It would have been beneficial to interested readers, if the CIFA had been informative and fourth coming in the numbers of horses that are tested,and what they are tested for.

  4. Theresa Nolet · ·

    I like where they say it is for my personal safety that they contacted the RCMP, Say What! also great choice of photo for the article as it shows one of the horses drinking out of a pond, I also know that they drink out of peoples hot tubs and pools so how do those chemicals affect them as far as food safety goes?

  5. Since when did the CFIA start caring about bute in horses going to slaughter? If they really cared, no horses would be slaughtered for human consumption. Period. What hypocrites.

  6. Anne Streeter · ·

    Can you trust the CFIA when they say that that particular horse didn’t go to slaughter? I doubt if it had that they would admit it. The tracking of horse medication is so poor and the percentage of those tested so small that I’m amazed this industry is still allowed!

  7. Anne Streeter · ·

    The CFIA’s behaviour is shocking – unprofessional and blatantly one sided. This needs to be exposed!

  8. They only go after those that can not afford high priced lawyers not the corporations that make millions.

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