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.
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.
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.
CANADIAN HORSE DEFENCE COALITION
P.O. BOX 21079
150 FIRST STREET
ORANGEVILLE, ON L9W 4S7