Category Agriculture

Retired CFIA Veterinarian Addresses Shortcomings In Canadian Animal Transport Regulations

Dr. Maureen Harper is a veterinarian who worked for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for 30 years. Prior to retirement in 2011, Dr. Harper was acting program officer responsible for the delivery of the animal transport program in Ontario.  The following article, Legalized cruelty: the gaps in Canada’s animal transport laws, was written by […]

MP Murray Rankin Submits Order Paper To Government Querying Live Export Of Horses

MP Murray Rankin (NDP – Victoria) has,  with the assistance of Michael Bernard of HSI and the CHDC, submitted questions to the government via Order Paper on March 6, 2017. We have attached the questions below;  you can read the original Q-909 here at the bottom of the page.  Responses to Order Papers are normally […]

CETA Agreement Approved At Great Cost to Canadian Equines

Eurogroup for Animals, a Belgian group that seeks to improve the treatment of animals in the EU,  has reported that the CETA trade agreement was approved by the EU parliament  (408 votes in favour, 254 against, 33 abstentions).  CETA (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) is a deal negotiated between the EU and Canada which […]

Findings Of Abuse In Canadian Horse Slaughter Industry After Two Year Investigation by Animals’ Angels

Animals’ Angels has recently completed comprehensive two-year investigation (see the press release here) into the horse slaughter industry in Canada for the purpose of informing EU decision-makers that further restrictions are needed on the importation of horse meat from Canada.  From the online investigation: “Almost every single kill buyer currently providing horses to the Canadian […]

Action Alert: Act Now To Comment On CFIA’s Proposed Amendments To The Health Of Animals Act

  In a recent blog post, the CHDC alerted its readers to the CFIA’s intention to modify the Health of Animals Regulations so that they are aligned with the National Farm Animal Care Council Codes and regulations of our international trading partners.  The CFIA requested that stakeholders and interested parties direct questions and comments to: […]

MP Alistair MacGregor Asks Minister Of Agriculture For Response On Horse Slaughter Issues

Dear Supporters, Here is a letter that MP Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan-Malahat-Langford) has sent on behalf of one of his constituents to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, regarding the issue of horse slaughter in Canada. In the letter,  MacGregor “holds the minister’s feet to the fire” and reminds him of the support […]

CFIA Proposes Changes to the Health of Animals Regulations

The following are PROPOSED changes to the HAR thereby recognizing that the transport of animals in Canada is not aligned with those of other countries (World Organisation for Animal Health – OIE) nor do they align with the National Farm Animal Care Council Codes of Practice (NFACC) or international trading partners such as the US […]

Wayne Burwash Elected President of Canadian Quarter Horse Association

President’s Message – March 25, 2016 “I am honored to have been elected President of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association at our recent Board of Directors’ Meeting held in conjunction with the AQHA convention in Las Vegas. In the process of reviewing all the involvements of the CQHA in an effort to “get up to […]

The Dawson Creek Horse Auction – A Supporter’s First-Person Account

Hubby and I had been thinking about finding a new mare since the passing of our 37 year old a few months ago. Our senior Percheron draft horses were looking a bit down, and after reading Joe Camp’s book – The Soul of a Horse – I was thinking that the herd might be happier […]

A Slice Of Reality About Horse Auctions….

The September 19th Valley Auction in Armstrong British Columbia was a success by all accounts – reportedly ALL horses found homes and no horses went to kill buyers.  Many rescuers came home with multiple horses and this is merely one account of a very lucky mare (and foal!) who was purchased merely ONE DAY before […]