FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2017
Canada’s Link to South American Animal Cruelty
Orangeville, Ontario: The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) is shocked by news that a Canadian company purchases blood from inhumanely-treated horses in South America, only to sell the product to farmers in Canada. This product, Pregnant Mares’ Serum Gonadotropin (PMSG) is marketed as “Novormon™” by the company Partnar Animal Health, located in Ilderton, Ontario. According to the company’s website, “Novormon™ helps stimulate follicle development in functional ovaries of cows, ewes and sows.”
Recently, a European public awareness campaign spearheaded by the Swiss animal protection organization, Tierschutzbund Zürich, as well as Germany-based Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF), has exposed the treatment of mares used this industry in Uruguay and Argentina.
An attorney representing AWF states: “The hormone is present in pregnant mares’ blood between the 40th and the 140th day of gestation. During approximately 11 weeks, the Uruguayan and Argentinean blood farmers draw up to 10 litres of blood once or twice a week from the pregnant mares.” Ten litres is the equivalent of 25% of a mare’s blood volume. The animals are repeatedly impregnated, then forced to abort in order to produce the hormone. The lifespan of these mares is up to six years, as after three to four years of blood extraction, “they are worn-out and/or infertile and sold for slaughter, if they have not yet died on the forest pastures.” The normal lifespan of a horse can be up to thirty years.
CHDC calls on breeders’ and veterinarians’ associations to ask that their members stop using PMSG, and for Canadian companies such as Partnar Animal Health to follow in the footsteps of Merck, Sharp and Dohme (MSD), a pharmaceutical giant that has stopped importing the product from South America.
“Further, we ask the Canadian government to ban the importation of mares’ blood products into Canada,” states Sinikka Crosland, Executive Director for CHDC. “With synthetic alternatives available, it is unconscionable to contribute to animal cruelty in countries where our laws have no jurisdiction and our values have little effect.”
For more information, contact:
Sinikka Crosland, Executive Director
Canadian Horse Defence Coalition
Action Alert! You can help stop the importation of mares’ blood products from South America by writing to the following:
- Honourable François–Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade https://www.international.gc.ca/department-ministere/form_contact-formulaire_contacter.aspx (contact box)
- Canadian Veterinary Medical Association: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Partnar Animal Health: https://partnaranimalhealth.ca/pages/contact (contact box)
Thanks so much for speaking out against this cruelty!
For the horses,
Your friends at CHDC