HWAC and CQHA, Unhappy About Anti-Slaughter Bills, Write Letters of Protest to Ag-Canada

It’s clear that the pro-slaughter Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC) and the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) read the CHDC blog,  because they’ve recently sent two letters to the Honorable Lawrence MacAulay, P.C, MP, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in an apparent urgent state of mind, to persuade the Liberal government to reject future anti-slaughter Bills.  MP MacAulay did vote in favour of Bill C-571 as did all the Liberals present for the vote,  so they have just cause for concern.

HWAC has been pretty quiet recently,  but they’ve added a few more directors and appear to be ramping up of late.  In fact, HWAC has been meeting with Equestrian Canada in Ottawa recently on traceability issues. They also sent a letter requesting that they be consulted on Federal Transport Regulations for equines,  stating:

“Information gathered to date with processing plant attendees, indicate there are no records of equines received or arriving in distress from the lack of feed, water, heat, cold, or respiratory distress within 2016. Many equine transporters do provide feed and water on board during transport.”

Countering claims that no horses arrived in distress at the slaughter plants, we would like to present evidence received via ATI that two horses were DOA at Bouvry Exports in 2016.  While the cause of death is unknown, the process of dying while being transported cannot be swept under the carpet.  Other horses were revealed to be suffering from bruising,  pneumonia, neoplasms,  serious atrophy, and peritonitis.  From this 2 month sample for one slaughterhouse we can make predictions about the conditions of horses in all Canadian slaughterhouses for the entire 2016 year.

Post/Ante Mortem Report for January 2016

Post/Ante Mortem Report for February 2016

Please read the letters from Wayne Burwash of the CQHA, and from Bill desBarres of HWAC to Minister MacAulay (Click to Open PDF for full letters – please note that the CQHA letter is 11 pages long):










































  1. John Holland, 2015 American Equine Summit



    Almost a year ago I published a series of articles on horse slaughter, delving into everything from the history to the money trail. The last part of that series took aim straight at the American Quarter Horse Association and spelled out the exact reason for its continued promotion of horse slaughter. Other than a few faces, nothing has changed in the past year. Inside the Beltway the lobbyist continue their rounds, visiting politicians, promising votes, helping with reelection fund and telling everyone who will listen the often repeated lies about “unwanted horses,” while the folks back at the main office push and promote the AQHA registration of foals. Seventy percent of horses sent to slaughter are QH’s, yet the connection is never made in the minds of AQHA supporters.
    The influence of the AQHA is far and wide, and very heavy handed. Sister organizations such as the APHA and Farm Bureaus in all fifty states fall in line, many never once questioning their membership. Yet the promotion is backed up with blatantly false propaganda. Broken down into three main points, the entire argument is that (1) there are 150,000 “unwanted” horses every year, (2) the kind and most humane option is slaughter and (3) horses are private property and the government has no right to tell anyone what they can and can’t do.

    I’ve always been amazed that the number of “unwanted” horses usually exactly matches the number that are slaughtered each year. The propagandists tell us that all these horses will be left in fields to starve to death or dumped inside a state park, yet the proven fact is that 90% of slaughtered horses are “good to heavy” in weight. Ignored by the propagandists is another fact: that equine slaughterhouses are not here to help the poor horse. They want fat, young and tender horse flesh to sell. Slaughterhouses are owned by foreign meat companies and are for profit businesses that preys on the overbreeding programs promoted by the AQHA. The AQHA needs slaughter to cull the herds.


  3. Mary Nash’s Horse Slaughter Website
    Contact webmaster- adminkaufmanzoning.net@hotmail.com

    Is a collection of articles, correspondence and photographs related to the slaughter of America’s majestic horses.
    Mary Nash passed away in 2005 at her home, a few hundred yards away from Dallas Crown horse
    slaughter plant in Kaufman, Texas. It was her life’s dream to see the end of horse slaughter.
    This site will be continued in her honor by those who believe as she did.
    (warning- some pictures and video on this website are distrubing)

    FOIA Documents
    FDA Case Reports
    Court Documents
    Video Downloads
    Press Release

  4. Reblogged this on Straight from the Horse's Heart and commented:
    “Slaughter Update from our good friends across our Northern Border” ~ R.T.

  5. Barbara Griffith · ·

    I don’t know where this jerk got his information but I didn’t hear anything about there being any horse welfare being effected. There have been some morons that have had their horses removed because of not taking care of them but what is taking place and is ongoing is the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) that seems to think its their job to remove every wild horse off of public lands blaming them for the destructive land damage that the ranchers cows/sheep do. The horses are being rounded up to extinction locked up in holding pens with no shelter in the winter or summer and I suspect that the BLM has been selling the horses to their Killer buyer friends for years to dump them in the slaughter pipeline to get rid of them. A large portion of breeders over breed looking for that perfect horse be it a show horse or a race horse that can bring in the big bucks if the horse can’t bring in the money the local killer buyer is called to pick it up that includes brood mares that can’t reproduce anymore. I know there is terrible cruelty going on with the Tennessee Walking horses that the US government has allowed for years there are lawsuits ongoing to stop it. There are laws banning what is done to the show horses but its left up to people connected with the horse shows to check the horses for soring most of them just ignore it when they find it.
    There are at least 80% of the American public that wants horses banned from being hauled to Canada for slaughter there are groups that have been fighting horse slaughter for years but the U.S. Senate will not help to put a stop it when a bill is introduced in congress most of the House signs it but Senate members get large donations from lobbyists hired by the horse industry such as the racing industry, Quarter Horse breeders and numerous other breeders that need a easy way to dispose of their yearlings they can’t sell.

  6. Anne Streeter · ·

    Quite shocking! I wish the AAC would submit a letter to MacAulay. Should we ask? Hard to believe these are horse people. So easy to shoot holes in their arguments. If he is so concerned about numbers maybe Burwash (a vet!) should stop breeding!


  7. U.S. horsemeat is dangerous to humans because of the unregulated administration of numerous toxic substances to horses before slaughter. In the U.S., horses are raised and treated as companion animals, not as food-producing animals. Unlike animals raised for food, the vast majority of horses sent to slaughter will have ingested, or been treated or injected with, multiple chemical substances that are known to be dangerous to humans, untested on humans or specifically prohibited for use in animals raised for human consumption. Horses are gathered from random sources at various stages in their life, and there is no system in the U.S. to track medications and veterinary treatments given to horses to ensure that their meat is safe for human consumption. Due to concerns about the health threats of drug-laced horsemeat, the European Union (EU), a primary importer of North American horsemeat, suspended horsemeat imports from Mexico—where 87 percent of horses slaughtered for export to the EU are of U.S. origin. EU authorities made the decision after a series of scathing audits that exposed a plethora of problems, including the lack of traceability of American horses and horrific suffering on U.S. soil and in Mexico.

    The USDA has no system in place to track horses’ lifetime medical histories, and the reputation of the entire U.S. meat industry is at risk. Testing random samples of horsemeat overlooks the fact that every single horse has a unique, unknown past. Unlike animals raised for food, horses do not spend their lives being prepared for the food chain. Every horse is a pet, riding companion, race horse, show pony or work partner. Each may be a single patient to any number of vets, transferred by any number of owners, and has a unique life story. Relying on random-sample testing of horsemeat is inadequate and dangerous.

    Clearly, any increase in neglect or abandonment—as well as any downturn in the horse market—is related to the economic downturn that began the same year that the last slaughter plant closed and continues today. Horse slaughter has never been, and will never be, a solution for abuse and neglect. Rather, the continued availability of horse slaughter has only enabled and perpetuated overbreeding, neglect and irresponsibility. As long as slaughter is an outlet for breeders to sell excess horses, they will be rewarded—and continue their irresponsible behavior.

    (PUBLIC LAW 92-195)
    To require the protection, management, and control of wild free- roaming horses and burros on public lands. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.

  8. Perhaps you should send Wayne Burwash’s letter to an American equine industry authority; to see whether they agree with his allegations that horse welfare suffered. It sounds like he has a conflict of interest here – being a breeder/producer of horses and sending them to slaughter, and trying to interfere in the government’s processes. Basically he’s a lobbyist. Didn’t a truck full of horses just crash, killing a couple dozen of them?

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