Category Animal Cruelty

400 Emaciated, Dying, and Dead Horses In Argentina Prompts Call for Suspension of Horsemeat Trade

Dear Supporters, Please share this video provided by our  partners Tierschutzbund and The Animal Welfare Foundation, which depicts the cruelty inflicted on approximately 400 emaciated, dying, and dead horses observed on a pasture near Buenos Aires.  This pasture is a source of horses used to supply horsemeat to EU-approved slaughterhouses. TSB/AWF and the Eurogroup for […]

Dead, Decaying and Suffering Horses Found in Feedlots

  For Immediate Release June 12, 2019 Dead, Decaying and Suffering Horses Found in Feedlots International Coalition of Animal Welfare Groups Calls on EU to Stop Imports of Canadian Horsemeat Orangeville, Ontario: The images are shocking. A dead newborn foal sprawls frozen to the ground while other horses attempt to revive the small carcass. Chewed […]

Call To Action – Petition to End The Tragedy Of Horse Blood Farms

In our November Newsletter,  the CHDC publicized the disturbing treatment of mares kept on horse blood farms in Argentina and Uruguay.  These farms collect blood from pregnant mares to supply the agricultural industry worldwide with a hormone that regulates and synchronizes the ovulation cycles of pigs, cattle and sheep.  This hormone is known as Pregnant Mare’s […]

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 […]

CHDC Releases Freedom of Information Documents on Rejected Slaughter Loads and Kurtenbach Livestock LLC

The following documents are for rejected loads of horses designated for slaughter from the U.S. for a specific time period, June 8-20, 2015.  Three of the rejected loads were enroute to the Bouvry (Bouvry Exports) slaughter plant in Alberta, one enroute to the Bouvry plant in Quebec (Viande Richelieu) and the fifth to Les Viandes […]

Canada’s Link To South American Animal Cruelty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2017 Canada’s Link to South American Animal Cruelty  Orangeville, Ontario: The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) is shocked by news that a Canadian company purchases blood from inhumanely-treated horses in South America, only to sell the product to farmers in Canada.  This product, Pregnant Mares’ Serum Gonadotropin (PMSG) is marketed […]

Agricultural Tribunal Overrules CFIA Sanction Against Horse Trucker On Appeal

Agricultural journalist Jim Romahn reported on a recent Canada Agricultural Tribunal decision that overturned a CFIA sanction against an American trucker shipping horses to Canada for slaughter.  One horse in this load was determined by a CFIA veterinarian to be unsuitable for transport,  due to lameness.  Subsequently,  the entire load of horses was rejected for import into […]

CHDC Makes Library of Access-To-Information Data Available to Citizen Activists

CANADIAN HORSE DEFENCE COALITION RELEASES ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACT DOCUMENTS ON LES VIANDES DE LA PETITE-NATION SLAUGHTER PLANT  The following documents are with regard to an Access to Information request for Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation (LPN) slaughterhouse in Saint André-Avelin, Quebec for the following information, for the months of November and December 2015: Details, including photographs, paperwork […]

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 […]

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 […]