CHDC Releases New ATI Documents – US Horses Destined For Slaughter In Canada (July 2017 – August 2017)

The following documents were released as a result of an Access to Information request for information related to US loads of horses admitted or rejected for immediate slaughter, from July 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017.  Two loads from June and one in September were also included.

Loads entering Canada during this time did so via one of the following designated ports of entry:

  • Coutts, Alberta
  • North Portal, Saskatchewan
  • Sarnia (Point Edward), Ontario
  • Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec

According to these records, 104 trailers carrying 2,808 horses were admitted during this time period; 55 (1,547 horses) were consigned to establishment #  076 Viande Richelieu, Massueville, Quebec and 49 (1,261 horses) to establishment # 506 Bouvry Exports, Fort Macleod, AB.

One of these loads was refused entry at Lacolle due to misidentified horses, another trailer load was found to have one horse was dead on arrival:

  • Serial number 444034

Although the trailer was admitted at the Sarnia border crossing on August 24, 2017 one horse was reported dead on arrival at Viande Richelieu, on a trailer load originating in Ohio.

Imported Animals Slaughter Confirmation form for Serial Number 444034 is below: (The comment “mort” is French for “deceased”).



  •  Serial number 443843

On August 4, 2017 a trailer carrying 30 horses was found to have a stallion mixed with four mares as well as a sorrel mare identified as Pinto and was refused entry at the Lacolle port of entry.  Times for loading in Pennsylvania and border inspection was not provided.

CFIA form 5311 Notice to Remove From Canada for this load is below:


The majority of the horses were slaughtered the day following their delivery to the Viande Richelieu slaughter plant; 140 horses from six loads were slaughtered on the day of their arrival.

The statistics for Bouvry Exports are not known as slaughter confirmation forms for this establishment were not provided.

Import Conditions for Horses From the United States for Immediate Slaughter

Horses must be sent directly from the Canadian port of entry, in a sealed truck and under licence to destination, to a slaughter plant approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) immediately after entering Canada. They must be slaughtered within four days of arriving at the plant.

Viande Richelieu

Total number of trailer loads for this time period:  55

  • Michigan: 14 loads; 394 horses
  • Ohio: 21 loads;  606 horses (1 DOA)
  • Pennsylvania: 18 loads; 507 horses;  l load containing 30 horses refused
  • Missouri: 1 load: 29 horses
  • Vermont: 1 load; 11 horses

Thirty-six trailer loads entered Canada at the Sarnia, Ontario (Port Huron, Michigan) port of entry and another nineteen entered at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec (Champlain, New York).  One load was refused at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle.

Bouvry Exports

Total number of trailer loads for this time period: 49

  • Montana: 45 loads; 1,152 horses
  • Oregon: 4 loads; 109 horses

One trailer load entered Canada at the North Portal, Saskatchewan (Portal, North Dakota) border crossing; all others entered at Coutts, Alberta (Sweetgrass, Montana). The trailer crossing at North Portal originated in Montana.

By comparing tag numbers, dates and times we were able to match the photos included with this request to the corresponding load; these may be viewed here (link?).

If you recognize any horse in the photos, please let us know so we can share their story.


P.O. BOX 21079







Below is the complete file for the Access-To-Information Request (all records) 


  1. I noticed that the number of horses from Montana was substantially higher. Wonder if our wonderful wild horses who are poorly managed ended up there. I know BLM is trying to secretly empty the holding pens.

  2. Ellen north · ·

    Save the horses

  3. This is sickening and I want horses to be free and not slaughtered.
    I hate the US government for slaughtering these magnificent horses.
    I will fight until this stops.

  4. Dawn Milton · ·

    Thank you for the heart breaking truth.
    The last animal we should ever eat
    is the horse, the dog, the cat.
    These are valuable animals
    for all the things they can do
    besides being meat.

  5. Ane Streeter · ·

    Just because a horse is well cared for during a part of its life doesn’t mean that it is incapable of ending up in a slaughterhouse – including prize winning race horses! None are immune!

  6. Thank you for raising awareness of slaughter – Cavalia is a good event to make horse lovers aware of the Canadian government’s treatment of these animals. We want keep a good relationship with the organizers of the event, so we ask that any protests do not target Cavalia itself. We also have pamphlets that can be provided as well –

  7. It’s heartbreaking to read about the stallion that was transported with the 4 mares … it’s all heartbreaking as a matter a fact. The public is oblivious and I appreciate the hard work CHDC does in bringing this to light.
    Cavalia is in town here for a month and I have made a commitment to be at the site when the ticket holders are entering so that I can hold up my sign and tell these horse lovers that this travesty, this slaughter, is happening in Canada.

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