Category Horse welfare

CHDC News & Notes On AR Conference August 3-6, 2017

The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition sent two directors to the Animal Rights Conference in Alexandria VA in August. This event is geared to the vegan community as well as animal welfare and rights.  We wanted to see how equine slaughter would fit into this advocacy. Horses were not represented at all with one exception.  That […]

Atlas Air Hard Landing

This clip from a video on YouTube shows a hard landing of an Atlas Air Cargo 747. This aircraft did not have horses on it but how would the horses in the crates react to this landing? How would this impact horses who are already overweight, having their weight slammed down onto their legs? If […]

Fighting the Good Fight: Help Us Win!

Over recent weeks, the issue of exporting live horses for slaughter has achieved well-deserved media coverage: Global News – Live Horses Shipped From Canadian Airports to Japan for Slaughter Accompanying video for above article CJOB Radio Winnipeg interview between host Geoff Currier and Dr. Harper and Katie Dangerfield iPolitics – Legalized Cruelty – The Gaps […]

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 […]

Animal Transport Regs. Study Closed Without Input From Stakeholders – Former CFIA Veterinarian Asks Why

The public comment period for input into proposed amendments to animal transport regulations has now been closed without input from all stakeholders. Retired CFIA veterinarian of 30 years, Dr. Maureen Harper, tried to get in front of the Ag. Committee to testify but submissions had been abruptly closed off. Please read Dr. Harper’s letters regarding the […]

After A History Of Serious Issues, KML Meat Processors Temporarily Shut Down For Ineffective Stunning Of Animals

Horse slaughter plant, KML Meat Processors Ltd. in Westwold, B.C., has certainly experienced its share of problems in the last few years.  Most recently,  it has had its licence to operate suspended effective March 23, 2017. The suspension was related to the ineffective stunning of slaughter animals prior to slaughter. On March 29, 2017, the […]

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 […]

HWAC and CQHA, Unhappy About Anti-Slaughter Bills, Write Letters of Protest to Ag-Canada

It’s clear that the pro-slaughter Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC) and the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) read the CHDC blog,  because they’ve recently sent two letters to the Honorable Lawrence MacAulay, P.C, MP, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in an apparent urgent state of mind, to persuade the Liberal government to reject […]

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 […]