Documents for US Loads of Horses Include Four Standardbreds Enrolled in Full Circle Program

The CHDC is making available documents obtained through Access to Information regarding information related to US loads of horses admitted or rejected for immediate slaughter, from September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. One trailer was refused admittance due to a non-ambulatory horse. Various conditions were reported including forty-four horses blind in one eye and 32 recorded as being “off”. Many of the Standardbreds listed have been identified according to the tattoo/freeze brand provided. Horses entering Canada for immediate slaughter are not held but must be slaughtered within four days of arriving at the plant:

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

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

USDA Owner/Shipper certificates were also requested through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) from September 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019. While shippers’ names and addresses were redacted from these documents the state was identified:

Shippensburg, PA

• 14 trailer loads (25 to 32 horses per load)
• 32 horses described as “OFF”

Humphreys, MO

• 8 trailer loads (26 to 29 horses per trailer)
• 3 horses described as blind in one eye

Castleton, Vermont

• 2 trailer loads (14 horses per trailer)
• 28 horses

Fair Haven, Michigan

• 7 trailer loads (28 to 30 horses per trailer)

Larue, Ohio

• 38 trailer loads of horses (26 to 30 horses per trailer)
• 31 horses recorded as blind in one eye

Bar S Feedlot, Shelby, Montana

• 39 trailer loads of horses (24 to 30 horses per trailer)
• 10 horses recorded as blind in one eye

 

Trailer loads of horses entering Canada at Sarnia (Point Edward), Ontario and Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec were transported to Viande Richelieu, Massueville, Quebec while those entering at Coutts, Alberta went to Bouvry Exports, Fort McLeod, AB.

On October 11, 2018 one trailer carrying 30 horses was refused at the Sarnia (Point Edward) port of entry, due to a non-ambulatory horse (Serial Number 447802).

 

Health of Animals Regulations

138(2) Subject to subsection (3), no person shall l load or cause to be loaded on any railway car, motor vehicle, aircraft or vessel and no one shall transport or cause to be transported an animal

(a) that by reason of infirmity, illness, injury, fatigue or any other cause cannot be transported without undue suffering during the expected journey;

(2.1) For the purpose of paragraph (2)(a), a non-ambulatory animal is an animal that cannot be transported without undue suffering during the expected journey.

 

Upon examining the Health Certificate issued for this load (HC1936A00026) we found the non-ambulatory horse to be a 10 year old roan Quarter Horse mare (tag number 1569). By comparing the Owner/Shipper forms obtained through Access to Information and Freedom of Information requests we were able to determine the horses were loaded on the trailer on October 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Fair Haven, Michigan.
Later that day, the trailer was admitted to Canada with 29 horses (Serial Number 447811).

 

Health Certificate 1936A00026 Source: Access to Information

Above: Owner/Shipper form with time of loading, horse tag numbers and descriptions Source: Access to Information

 

Above: The same Owner/Shipper form obtained through FOIA which includes horse descriptions as well as time of loading and location

 

Above: Load is admitted to Canada on October 11, 2018 now carrying 29 horses. Health Certificate 1936A00026 , Serial Number 447811 Source: Access to Information

 

Documents provided for 10 trailer loads of horses entering Canada at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec also included slaughter confirmation dates:

SEPT. 7 – SERIAL NUMBER 447522
• 29 HORSES
• SLAUGHTERED SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

SEPT. 13- SERIAL NUMBER 447547
• 30 HORSES
• SLAUGHTERED SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

SEPT. 27 – SERIAL NUMBER 447670
• 27 HORSES
• SLAUGHTERED SEPTEMBER 28

OCT. 5 – SERIAL NUMBER 447748
• 29 HORSES
• SLAUGHTERED OCTOBER 5, 2018

OCT. 12 – SERIAL NUMBER 447824
• 28 HORSES
• SLAUGHTERED OCTOBER 12, 2018

OCT. 19 – SERIAL NUMBER 447889
• 29 HORSES
• SLAUGHTERED OCTOBER 19, 2018

OCT. 22 – SERIAL NUMBER 447906
• 25 HORSES
• SLAUGHTERED OCTOBER 23, 2018

OCT. 26 – SERIAL NUMBER 447958
• 28 HORSES
• SLAUGHTERED OCTOBER 26, 2018

DEC. 12- SERIAL NUMBER 448459
• 29 HORSES
• SLAUGHTERED DECEMBER 13, 2018

DEC. 19 – SERIAL NUMBER 448540
• 26 HORSES
• SLAUGHTERED DECEMBER 19 & 20, 2018

The majority of horses were reported to be Quarter Horses or Standardbreds. Other breeds included Paint, Thoroughbred, Appaloosa, Arab, Morgan, Haflinger, Belgian, Draft, Mule, Percheron and Pony, ranging in age from 3 years to 30 years. Forty-four horses were blind in one eye.

Thirty-nine trailers entered Canada at the Coutts Alberta port of entry. All horses had the Bar S (-S) brand on their left shoulder, indicating they were transported from the Bouvry Bar S feedlot in Shelby, Montana.

 

Where tattoo numbers or freeze brands were provided for Standardbreds we endeavoured to learn their identify, however it is possible errors were made when read or recorded on the forms. Where tag numbers were visible, we were able to identify some horses from the photos taken on the trailers during inspection.

Full Circle is a USTA (United States Trotting Association) program ”that connects two or more people with a shared concern for a horse for the purpose of assisting that horse if/when it is needed”. Despite their being enrolled in this program, we discovered four Standardbreds who had been admitted and slaughtered: ALLAMERICANMONROE, BLUERIDGE PRISCA, CHASENTHEGOLD and PINACLE OF SUCCESS. We are left wondering if their last owners were aware of the program and if so, were attempts made to contact the USTA for the name of the person who enrolled the horse.

Standardbreds Identified by Tattoo Number
Name Tattoo Foaling Date/Place Notes

MEMORIAL PATRIOT 2C345 5/31/2005 Alden, NY
DO IT MY WAY TW615 6/5/1998 London, ON
SHAWNEE JOE P6073 4/29/1995 Portsmouth, OH
RUSH TO THE LEAD 3A578 5/12/2003 Camp Point, IL
WESTWOOD FELLA Z5588 3/31/2002 Chesapeake City, MD
CG’s LIGHTING 6BF51 4/11/2004 Holmesville, OH
SAMCIN X5556 4/25/2001 Bloomingburg, OH
INVINCIBLE ART Z4080 3/22/2002 Allentown. NJ
SOTTA HIGH STEPPIN S8743 3/13/1997 Tuscola, IL
CASEY RAY ZC860 4/30/2002 Painesville, OH
GOOD LUCK SE593 4/21/1997 Canton, OH
TOWNLINE SHINER 8AH28 4/14/2003 Shipshewana, IN
FINAL QUEST Z2579 4/9/2002 Canal Winchester, OH
NATHAN BEACHY ZG495 2/15/2002 Riverside, IA
TRICKS FOREVER Z5385 2/28/2002 Findlay, OH
ZARACHINO 1E964 4/16/2007 Cream Ridge, NJ
LASERLACE VG808 1/26/1999 Sugarcreek, OH
MARGARITA BEACH 5CE32 3/2/2005 Allendale, MI
BE MY LUCKY STAR 2BR06 4/11/2004 Cream Ridge, NJ
HAREM QUEEN 1CV15 4/20/2005 Shigawake, QC
KOININEA ZA203 4/28/2003 Monroe, IN
MARVEL SAHBRA WC728 3/10/2000 Streetsboro, OH
PHYLLISTER 2BM22 5/22/2004 Sarnia, ON
MARKS SECOND CHUB 8DD00 5/26/2006 Winchendon, MA
ULTRA WINTERWOOD T9200 5/14/1998 Bellville, OH
LARKS MOLE X1512 4/4/2001 Fredericksburg, OH
FUN N FAME XM109 3/27/2001 Grand Valley, ON
NAN’s CROWN X5221 5/3/2001 Shipshewana, IN
IMA TARA XN160 5/25/2001 Ayers Cliff, QC
AJ’s HOLIDAY ZF352 4/29/2002 Brookfield, NY
OUR FLIGHT 6H193 4/13/2010 Wilmington, OH
HILLCREST ORCHID 7B331 4/1/2004 Goshen, IN
JENNA SAND KICKER 6E551 4/7/2007 Germantown, OH
SADIE’S HOPE RE985 4/11/1996 Peoria, IL
CEDARLAWN MAX W1272 4/16/2000 Hartford City, IN
LOVELINE T8740 5/30/1998 Donovan, IL
RED SUNDAE 9E521 3/20/2007 Pinckney, MI
MY ANNIE BELLE 4AH73 4/7/2003 Dixon, CA
PERFECT PERSONA 3AC32 4/18/2003 Glen Gardner, NJ
COWGIRL ALLIE W1357 6/11/2000 Pinckney, MI
THEE TOWN HERO 9B355 3/7/2004 Laura, OH
SF PUREE T9471 5/1/1998 Rives Junction, MI
AMMA CRAZED 2K275 4/4/2012 Wallkill, NY
DA BEST CAM 6A941 4/4/2003 Middletown, NY Lame Both Front Ankles
VITAL VICTORY TY409 4/4/1998 Goderich, ON
STORMOUNT PEGASUS 5BL91 5/15/2004 Waterdown, ON
CASIMIR CRUSHER WP593 5/14/2000 Hagar, ON
STONEHOUSE I J 6DR79 4/3/2006 Granton, ON
AS A SUNRISE 3CV88 4/30/2005 High River, AB
ROSE OF LIFE 9E405 4/23/2007 Allentown, NJ
RAIN SHOWERS BROWN Z9266 5/8/2002 Marengo, OH Large Right Hind Leg
S B RUTHIE V9246 5/11/1999 Saint Paul, IN
CRACKERCRUM Z4120 4/16/2002 Rushville, IL
KATHY DION Z4430 1/26/2002 Higdon, AL
S F PROXY 0A802 3/14/2003 Rives Junction, MI
LORD ATTICUS XF589 3/21/2001 Adrian, MI
PRIMARY SUSPECT ZN752 3/29/20002 Wallacetown, ON
GRAND DIPLOMAT VP853 4/29/1999, Vienna, ON
MAKSOMONY HONEY TE589 6/1/1998 Willmington, OH
B J GULF VC283 3/20/1999 Shipshewana, IN
OUR FLIGHT 6H193 4/13/2010 Wilmington, OH
CANACO OLIGNY ZR906 5/22/2002 St. Bernard de Lacolle, QC
DOINSOMETHINRIGHT 9C612 4/10/2005 Medaryville, IN
MASTER BOOMER VT559 4/27/1999 Muirkirk, ON
GOOD BY ALBATROSS TH753 5/28/1998 Lancaster, PA
LR’s MISSIPPI MUD V8374 4/29/1999 Loogootee, IN
ABBY’S BRIGADIER W2281 5/15/2000 Davenport, FL Blind Right eye
SIXTEEN CANDLES 0A757 3/8/2003 Clayton, DE
MARK-IT STREET X0612 3/22/2001 Bryant, IN
LANDFAIRJACKIEBOY 4BP57 5/22/2004 Ingersoll, ON
NUCLEAR HIGH LIFE R8205 5/3/1996 Hilliard, OH
MIRACULOUS RETURN 9E753 5/3/2007 Chesapeake City, MD
CONDO EXPRESS Z9957 3/18/2002 Findlay, OH Blind Left eye
ULTIMATE DIAMOND 3B451 4/19/2004 Cochranton, PA
ALLAMERICANMONROE WA121 4/30/2000 Cream Ridge, NJ ENROLLED IN FULL CIRCLE
YUKON JACKIE TF023 4/30/1998 Celina, OH
SUAVE SIGN XE047 4/25/2001 Allentown, NJ
ENDUCEMENT 9B456 4/8/2004 Cream Ridge, NJ
CAGNEY 0A503 4/24/2003 Durand, MI
ALLAMERICANTHEME 7C413 4/15/2005 Federalsburg, MD
ROSE STREET ROSIE 8C176 4/23/2005 Cream Ridge, NJ
DARKONIAN ZL427 3/19/2002 Morrisburg, ON
GODDESS’S JUSTIN 2C536 3/1/2005 Thurmont, MD (please note that an observant reader advised that this horse is alive and well, and was able to supply photographic evidence.  It looks like the source documents had the tattoo # wrong)
DEUCES WILD VF019 5/28/1999 Findlay, OH
COMANCHE MOON VE973 4/30/1999 Newmarket, ON
WOODLANDS PALACE 8C966 2/24/2005 Chesapeake City, MD
MASTER AT ARMS X2000 3/20/2001 Big Rock, IL
CDS REPORT 8BG76 5/1/2004 Wilmington, OH
THE MANAGER VT399 4/22/1999 Walkerton, ON
SPARKLE OF MY EYE 4AP66 3/26/2003 Dobbinton, ON
COMEDY CHANNEL V7007 1/26/1999 Sunbury, OH
TROTTIN TOM Z3208 4/24/2002 Newton, IL
SASSY NELL 5C179 5/13/2005 Thornville, OH
PRIORITY DELIVERY 1BF61 5/9/2004 Wallkill, NY
LINDSAY LASS 9A444 4/16/2003 Findlay, OH
BROADWAY BLUES 3C005 4/21/2005 New Hope, PA
SPECIAL GESTURE Z2769 6/6/2002 Berne, IN
MANLIND 1ER41 1/25/2007 Stanfordville, NY
HEAVENLY FLIGHT 4AF39 5/18/2003 New Freedom, PA
EL VONTE Q 5B545 4/9/2004 London, OH
NEAT NICOLE S1885 4/19/1997 Big Rock, IL
ARTS DANCE 8E 133 4/1/2007 Big Rock, IL
IRISH BUZZ 2B574 3/18/2004 Berlin Center, OH
AP CAVIAR 0E321 4/25/2007 Cream Ridge, NJ
E C K W7615 4/4/2000 Embro, ON
FULMAR RESTLESS 9B344 4/13/2004 Metropolis, IL
DANNY NOONAN 2C429 1/27/2005 Sherman, IL
LOTTA RETURN VG010 3/30/1999 Pataskala, OH
B BUNNY Too 0A064 3/28/2003 Findlay, OH
KC KALLIKO 2E818 4/18/2007 Camden, MI
BLUERIDGE PRISCA 4FC41 5/10/2008 Abingdon, VA ENROLLED IN FULL CIRCLE
CHAT ON LINE W4858 2/29/2000 Adrian, MI
CG’S KID XH598 5/27/2001 Canonsburg, PA
TOWN HALL SECRETS 3B396 4/20/2004 Chapman, ME
MOLLY’S MIRACLE XD639 2/26/2001 Sunbury, OH
VEE BEE ROVIN X2468 2/24/2001 Adrian, MI
M CROWN GO 1FA13 5/18/2008 Riverside, IA
INDIAN TRICK T1931 3/20/1998 Middlefield, OH
JUMANJI HANOVER SC481 5/1/1997 Hanover, PA
SHOOBEEDOBEEDO W3919 6/5/2000 Lexington, KY
NO PHOTO NEEDED 4D577 1/31/2006 Durand, MI
I’M THE GO TO PAN XF391 4/22/2001 Henderson, KY
CHASENTHEGOLD 7B136 4/23/2004 Utica, OH
GO GO KATHY T8969 3/26/1998 Durhamville, NY ENROLLED IN FULL CIRCLE
KATIE’S WILLPOWER T6681 4/14/1998 Trenton, FL
TURBOPOWERED V8937 2/18/1999 Martinsville, IL
SAMANTHA WC305 3/17/2000 Lexington, KY
DARK LOCH NAGAR RM902 3/25/1996 Chatham, ON
SHEZAHOTMARK X5823 5/5/2001 Centerville, TN
ROCK’N ME 8E312 5/4/2007 Federalsburg, MD Blind Right eye
PINACLE OF SUCCESS 3C400 5/3/2005 Hopewell, NJ ENROLLED IN FULL CIRCLE
CALL ALL OVER 4B366 3/31/2004 Sunfield, MI
ROYAL BUTTON VL089 4/9/1999 Idlerton, ON
FUTURE AMBITION TH364 5/18/1998 Gettysburg, PA
VIBRANT RED T4989 3/7/1998 Wapakoneta, OH
SHANA CAR XL533 4/22/2001 L’Islet Sur Mer, QC

 

Images of horses inside a number of trailers were included and depict the crowded conditions endured on their long journey, with wounds visible on some.

Dollar values were included for some loads: horses entering Canada at Coutts, AB ranged between .4880/lb. to .6092/lb. while those entering at Sarnia, ON ranged from.3636/lb. to .4948/lb.

 

All ATI documents can be viewed below. Please note all appear as received, with portions exempted under sections 17 and 19(1) of the Access to Information Act. FOIA documents received may be viewed with some information withheld in part, pursuant to Freedom of Information Act Exemption 6, 5 U.S.C. § 552 (bX6).

 

7 comments

  1. This is a *terrible* look for Canada. Really upsetting. You know that horse slaughter is banned in the US. You should be banned from taking US horses.

    I was told that these horses could be traced back to the towns they came from in the US, is this true? If so, where can I find that information?

    1. Yes, we hope the shipping of slaughter-bound horses to Canada will be banned. That’s the purpose of the S.A.F.E. Act. Horse slaughter is actually defunded in the US, not banned, which is why the possibility of it being re-funded is a constant threat to horses in that country.

      You can look up tattoos here – https://pathway.ustrotting.com/search/index.cfm?
      If you need to find out which state the horses in this expose shipped, you would need to match the ATI document to its FOIA counterpart (these are the series of documents included at the end of the post).

  2. Jackie · ·

    Hello I am writing because there is a horse listed on here that is currently alive at a farm in western NY and just wondering what information are you going on? This list needs to updated. His name is Goddess’s Justin.

    1. Jackie, please read the supporting documentation in Scribd. Shipping records are the source data we have used to identify the standardbreds. Since photographic proof was provided that this horse was alive, we made a notation next to his name. We’re glad he is alive and well, and wish we knew the identity of the unknown horse who was killed.

  3. Jacinta Deveaux · ·

    Shame on you

    On Sat, Jun 29, 2019, 12:40 PM Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog, wrote:

    > canadianhorsedefencecoalition posted: “The CHDC is making available > documents obtained through Access to Information regarding information > related to US loads of horses admitted or rejected for immediate slaughter, > from September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. One trailer was refused > admittance” >

  4. Lois Cunning · ·

    Sickening

  5. John Smith · ·

    Thanks for the emails. Just makes me sick.

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