The newspaper La Petite Nation announced the temporary closing of Les Viandes de la Petite Nation (LPN) slaughter plant in Saint-André-Avellin, Quebec. The slaughterhouse was at the centre of the 2011 Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s investigation entitled ‘Pasture to Plate‘ that showed horrific abuse during the stunning process, the predatory nature of the slaughter industry from auction to plant, as well as serious violations and fraud regarding the Canadian government’s Equine Information Document.
The full report can be viewed at this here.
The reason for the temporary closure is due to the March 1, 2017 European Union directive which insists that horses for slaughter entering from the United States must be confined to feedlots in Canada for six months prior to slaughter. Presumably, the six month time period would lower the risk of contamination in the horse meat.
Here is La Petite Nation’s newspaper article regarding the closure, you can put it into google translate to read in English.
It is welcome news that the Quebec horse slaughter plant, La Petite Nation, has closed its doors due to regulations set out by the European Commission.
The CHDC has been anticipating such a fall-out after the announcement that horses going to slaughter in Canada after February 28, 2017 must reside on Canadian soil for a minimum of 6 months – a rule set out by the EC to allay fears of tainted horsemeat reaching consumers in the European Union.
While it’s encouraging to know that the rules are indeed being followed, it is still concerning to know that thousands of horses will be victims in this “market adjustment”. The agriculture industry and horse breeders expecting to profit from the disposal of intentionally bred or excess horses must now take heed and understand that the crackdown by the EU directly affects their bottom line. There are no margins left to profit from the lives of horses – it is time for breed associations such as the AQHA and others to advocate responsible breeding, and stop the needless disposal of horses to slaughter. There is no industry left to recklessly send them on to slaughter. Responsible breeding and horse ownership is the only answer