Category Animal Cruelty

‘Round And ‘Round We Go – Writing To The Conservative Government

In July,  the CHCD documented the long email chain from the Conservative government as Executive Director Sinikka Crosland attempted to find a minister who could address the issue of the blatant legislative violations in the air transport of horses overseas. The responses thus far have indicated that the Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food under MP […]

Need Help Countering Politicians’ Arguments In Favour of Horse Slaughter?

Dear supporters, We’ve had some requests for help with form-letter responses received from political incumbents and candidates who are asked about their support for horse slaughter issues.  It’s important to counter objections with factual information,  and if the candidate is still not swayed by counter-arguments,  to let them know that we will not support them […]

Continuing Action Opposing Live Horse Shipments – New Contacts

The horses need your voice!  CHDC videos and the debate on CTV’s Alberta Primetime with Sinikka Crosland have been widely shared.  Our follow-up video of live draft horses arriving in Japan has been read and shared by thousands!   Here’s the sample letter for you to use.  Please feel free to amend as you see […]

New Informational HRT Handout For Physicians From Dr. Ray Kellosalmi

Printable PDF version available here. May 10, 2015 Dear Colleague, If you prescribe hormones for menopausal hot flashes please take a minute to read this information. I am a recently retired physician with extensive experience in this practise area for 37 years. I am not getting paid to write this nor have I any connection […]

Canadian Quarter Horse Association Joins Industry Division of Equine Canada – The Agenda of the CQHA AGM Reveals Why…

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association has recently updated their website. The official welcome to their new page advises the visitor that their mandate is to “address issues of concern to Canadian owners of American Quarter Horses,”  and to that end they have partnered with the Industry Division of Equine Canada: From the CQHA website: “In […]

Observations From A Lindsay, ON Feedlot

The CHDC visited a feedlot in Lindsay, Ontario on the weekend of May 30th.  We do regular checks on this location and have made some observations from visits in the past year. Horses are no longer kept in the front pens facing the main road (Hwy. 36).  Previously, horses were seen in these front pens, […]

CFIA Alleged To Be Suffering From “Morale” Issues In Alberta

In an article by Kelsey Johnson dated Apr 24, 2015,  originally appearing behind a paywall at, but also found here,  it is asserted that, due to cutbacks in Alberta,  morale is suffering. CFIA inspector: Cutbacks in Alberta are real, and ‘morale is in the toilet’  “Despite repeated denials from federal officials, including Health Minister […]

Important! Survey Participants Requested for Horse Welfare Study At Guelph University

The University of Guelph is a public research university and veterinary school in Canada.  In this survey you are given the opportunity to offer your opinion on your own standards of horse care, changes you would like to see in the marketplace, and the type of governance that you see as beneficial to horse welfare […]

New Advocate Against Horse Slaughter? Start Here….

Overview and Brief History of Horse Slaughter in Canada (for newcomers to the advocacy movement) The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) is a collective of people and national groups that have joined forces in order to ban the slaughter of equines for human consumption in Canada, as well as the export of live horses to other countries for the […]

Waiting There For You – A Poem By Dana Thake

  Dana is a young CHDC supporter who helps one of our Directors on her farm.     Dana has done her research on horse slaughter,  and her sensitivity to this issue is evident – one day, these words flowed out of her heart and directly onto a piece of paper: Waiting There For You It […]