Courtesy of Voice for Animals in Edmonton, we’d like to share more photographs of a live horse shipment, this time involving a botched Korean Air flight scheduled for May 9, 2018. Due to alleged mechanical difficulty, the aircraft was forced to return to Edmonton two and a half hours after take off. The horses were off-loaded, sent back to a feedlot, and likely departed on another flight to Kansai, Japan, two days later.
This is what the photographer had to report about the May 9th experience:
“The police and security have obviously been informed by the airport that it is legal for us to take photos from public property and allowed us to, but still harassed us by shining their vehicle’s bright lights at us. The shippers parked vehicles in strategic positions to stop us from seeing inside the building where they transfer the horses from the trucks into the shipping crates.”
The photos we are posting show the vehicles parked in ways that appear to block visibility. You will also see the tip of a horse’s ear breaching the crate ceiling – a violation of the Health of Animals Regulations, which states that the horse’s head must not come into contact with the top of the crate.
Further, we are left wondering about the horses’ stress levels as they were submitted to the rigours of an aborted flight before being loaded into crates once again and leaving on the final long journey to Japan, where slaughter awaited them.
It is our view that this industry is not only inhumane, but is being illegally conducted as far as the Health of Animals Regulations are concerned. Violations of the regulations are occurring regularly with the blessing of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
If you agree that these indefensible practices should end, please contact your Member of Parliament to voice your concerns.