Dear Friends and Supporters,
We received the following letter from Ainslie Willock, who recently wrote to the Honourable Carolyn Bennett and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture. This letter adheres to the standard formulaic response about horse slaughter being “humane” and an issue that the Government of Canada “takes very seriously.” Also in this letter, the Minister of Agriculture provides some new, additional disclosures about the amount of money being provided to the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (evidently to be shared with the Canadian Animal Health Coalition) – $430,000.
These are not the first monies granted to the HWAC either. If you weren’t already aware, the HWAC works to undermine the work and findings of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (see the gallery images at the bottom of the page for examples of “humane” transport, obtained via FOIA requests – CAUTION – *disturbing images*).
“Dear Ms. Willock:
Thank you for your correspondence, which you co-addressed to my colleague the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations, regarding your concerns about the transport of live horses by air from Canada. I regret the delay in this response. As you may know, this topic is currently the subject of a judicial review application. Because this matter is before the Court, I respectfully must decline commenting on this issue at this time.
I am pleased to report, however, that the federal government has provided more than $430,000 in funding to develop and update the Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals during transport, and for the care and handling of equines in Canada. Beneficiaries of this funding include the Canadian Animal Health Coalition and the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada.
Support to further develop and update animal welfare and transportation codes is expected to continue though the AgriAssurance Program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Partnership is a five-year, $3‐billion investment by federal, provincial, and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector. The AgriAssurance Program is a five-year, $74‐million program that provides funding to help industry develop and adopt systems, standards, and tools to support quality attributes, health, and safety claims about Canadian agricultural and agri-food products, including elements such as animal health and welfare and environmental sustainability.
All those involved in raising and handling animals have a duty to ensure that the animals in their care are treated humanely. This responsibility is shared among federal, provincial, and territorial governments; producers; industry organizations; and many others. A range of federal and provincial legislation is in place and grants regulatory authority for addressing the well-being of animals in Canada. Rest assured that the Government of Canada takes the issue of animal welfare very seriously.
Again, thank you for writing to share your views.”
Lawrence MacAulay, PC, MP
c.c.: The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, MD, PC, MP
Who’s Getting The Money?
“About Us. The CAHC was formed in 2002 following an early life as an informal coalition of organizations with an interest in animal health issues in Canadian flocks and herds.”
“Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada ensures the communication of correct information related to the Canadian horse industry to horse owners and the general public.”