Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada recently provided a grant to the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada in the amount of $83,200. This grant is for the stated purpose of enhancing “the competitiveness of the agriculture industry [in this case, horse meat] by meeting buyer and market demands for assurance. The stream supports developing national assurance systems or standards for food safety, animal and plant health, market attribute/quality and traceability.” You can read more about the Agri-Marketing Program – Assurance Systems Streams here.
Horse slaughter front group HWAC’s webpage shows relatively little activity, but recently they went to Ottawa to discuss traceability issues with Equestrian Canada.
If you disagree with the government’s decision to fund groups whose goals are in conflict with what most Canadians want for horses, please contact your MP.