On Saturday April 23, 2016 at 1PM there will be a vigil at the Bouvry Horse Slaughter Plant on Highway 3, Fort MacLeod, Alberta from 1-3 p.m. this Saturday. Everyone is welcome. Please click here for details.
Anita Virginillo of Lethbridge Animal Rights Effort wrote the following piece about horse slaughter and this Saturday’s vigil:
Raising awareness about horse slaughter
BY LETTER TO THE EDITOR ON APRIL 21, 2016.
This Saturday is International Help a Horse Day in an effort to raise awareness about the the plight of horses.
Equine rescues and sanctuaries are encouraged to host an event highlighting the work they do and showing community members how they can help. Members of the public can also do a lot to help horses and so together, Christine Gallant and I will be organizing a vigil to bring attention to the forgotten horses at the Bouvry Horse Slaughter Plant.
Every year tens of thousands of horses find their fate here and are brutally slaughtered to supply the demand for horse meat across the globe, even though most Canadians are vehemently opposed to the idea of eating horse meat.
Many of these horses have endured an arduous journey from various points in the U.S. confined up to 36 hours in transportation in inclement weather without food, water or rest only to meet their fate in an adrenaline-filled death and slaughter. Other horses include Alberta’s wildies, family pets no longer wanted, race horses who are no longer winning and some are bred specifically for slaughter.
A recent Animal Angels investigation (March 2016) concluded that the conditions under which Bouvry operates remain an ongoing serious concern. Research has also revealed the negative impact of horse slaughter, that they are economically insignificant, and cause a stigma in the communities where they are situated. With your help we can be a voice for these horses, please sign petitions, write your MP, make phone calls, write the editor in your town about the atrocities of horse slaughter, share this event and try to attend this very important vigil – together we can make a difference!
The vigil will be held at the Bouvry Horse Slaughter Plant on Highway 3 from 1-3 p.m. this Saturday. Everyone is welcome.
Lethbridge Animal Rights Effort
You can read the original posting here.