For once horse supporters have something to cheer about. The final statistics for 2017 show a dramatic decline in the number of horses slaughtered in Canada.
Overall, the number of horses killed in Canadian slaughter houses is down by 38%, a substantial number.
Even the number of draft horses shipped to Japan for slaughter has decreased somewhat by 18% over 2016.
We are also very pleased to be informed by Agriculture-Canada, that, according to their statistics, Les Viandes de la Petite Nation (LPN) a slaughterhouse in Quebec, has not slaughtered any horses since April 2017.
With the cessation of horse slaughter at LPN and the new regulation from the European Union stating that horses for slaughter must reside in the country of slaughter for six months, a number of US kill buyers have been forced to find other outlets for horses they purchase at auctions. Several have set up broker programs on various social media. They still buy and sell horses but mostly not to slaughter.
As always, the CHDC will continue to work towards a complete ban on horse slaughter in Canada.
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