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.
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):