E-petition 1699 to halt live horse shipments to Japan for slaughter, closed for signatures 120 days after being initiated by the CHDC’s Shelley Grainger. In that time, 8,688 signatures were gathered – a significant number! Thanks to everyone who added their name to it.
The Canadian government now has 45 days to table a response. Meantime, the CHDC has put further pressure on the government by launching a lawsuit challenging violations of two sections of the Health of Animals Regulations (HAR) and names the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food as the respondent.
The law in regard to the live export of horses for slaughter is clear. Sections 141(8) and 142(a) of the Health of Animals Regulations say that horses over 14 hands in height (the size of a large pony) must be segregated, and horses must be able to stand in a natural position. These provisions exist to ensure the humane transport of horses, yet the CFIA consistently violates the law by allowing the overcrowding of horses and by allowing horses’ heads to touch the tops of crates, when live horses are shipped by air cargo to Japan for slaughter.
People are urged to continue to contact their MPs and the Minister of Agriculture to let them know these violations are not acceptable to Canadians.
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