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The Hidden Horses at a Rural Auction

The following is a recounting of a recent experience at an auction in Ontario,  as seen through the eyes of a supporter: It’s 2:30pm.  The horses go through the auction ring sometime around 3:30, but exactly when the horses are put through depends on the number of animals at the sales barn.   I drive up […]

The CHDC Supports the Equus Film Festival in Orangeville, Ontario as Festival Patron

The CHDC is proud to be a Festival Patron for the Equus Film Festival, taking place from July 20-22 in Orangeville, Ontario. This annual festival celebrates the diverse and creative efforts of those who artistically pay homage to the horse.  Headwaters Tourism brings the festival to Canada to share the wonderful world of horses and […]

CHDC Releases New ATI Documents – USDA Owner/Shipper Records – July – August 2017, For US Horses Imported To Canada

    Following the receipt of Access to Information documents regarding horses transported to Canada for slaughter from July 1 to August 31, 2017, a Freedom of Information Act request was made seeking corresponding USDA Owner/Shipper forms.  The FOIA records disclose much more than the Canadian counterpart and include descriptions of each horse, including tag […]

Breeder – Based On The True Stories Of Countless Horses, And Dedicated To Their Memory

Thrust by a powerful force from my dark, warm nest, I slide into the cold brilliance of a new world.  It is bewildering, this raw and frightening experience, but she is close with her searching muzzle and welcoming nicker.  Her voice is familiar and good.  Although my limbs are yet weak, the power of life […]

New E-Petition Asks That Air Shipments Of Horses Be Halted Due To Ongoing Violations

The CHDC’s Eastern Region Director, Shelley Grainger, has started another E-petition e-1699 for Citizens of Canada to call upon the House of Commons in Parliament to halt air shipments of horses exported for human consumption, due to the ongoing violation of Canadian and IATA regulations.  Again, Liberal MP Mark Holland, representing Ajax, Ontario, is e-1699’s […]

Agriculture Canada Keeping Canadians In The Dark By Blocking Horse Slaughter Stats

We have received word from Agriculture Canada that they are no longer able to publish/share Canadian horse slaughter numbers given the consolidation that has taken place in Canada in 2017, in terms of the number of establishments slaughtering horses. To clarify: we know that the remaining federally inspected ‘establishments’ (equine slaughterhouses that are functional at […]

Korean Air Flight With Slaughterbound Horses Makes Sudden Return to Edmonton; Airport Staff Continue To Try To Obstruct

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 […]

CHDC Releases New ATI Documents – US Horses Destined For Slaughter In Canada (July 2017 – August 2017)

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 […]

MP Alexandra Mendès – Long Term Advocate For Improving Transport Regulations

MP Alexandra Mendès (Liberal MP for the riding of Brossard-Saint Lambert, Quebec) stood in the House of Commons to draw attention to one transport hauler for upgrading their transports to ease the trauma to livestock being transported over long distances. Mme Mendès has been active in her role to upgrade Canada’s archaic transport laws for […]

New Footage of Live Horse Shipments to Japan Via Edmonton And Winnipeg Airports

  Since September 2017,  the CHDC has received a large number of  still and video images from Alberta feedlots and airports in Edmonton and Winnipeg showing the gentle draft horses who are caught up in the live shipments for the slaughter trade.  We’ve compiled a video capturing many of these images, which are being made […]