Since September 2017, the CHDC has received a large number of still and video images from Alberta feedlots and airports in Edmonton and Winnipeg showing the gentle draft horses who are caught up in the live shipments for the slaughter trade.
We’ve compiled a video capturing many of these images, which are being made public for the first time. We believe that most of these horses originate through the many breeders in the Mid-West United States as well as PMU farms, where drafts and draft-crosses are the predominant horse breeds used in that industry. It’s also very likely that many were former driving horses from the Amish and Mennonite communities, as we have observed what appear to be docked tails in some of the horses. From the video evidence you will see, several of these large horses still do not have full headroom in these crates.
In 2016 there were 5,839 draft horses shipped to Japan for slaughter. In 2017 that number dropped to 4,846. Certainly we hope that between the efforts of the Canadian and Japanese advocates, it will one day be 0.
Credit for many of the video images and photographs is made to Voice for Animals
Please read more on the live horse trade to Japan here.
For more information on transport regulations, please refer to this document outlining IATA regulations.